Navigating your credit score can be extremely confusing if you don’t know what goes into determining your score and what causes it to go higher or lower over time. When you’re attempting to get a mortgage loan, having good credit is a major factor. If you’ve recently learned that your credit isn’t so great and you aren’t sure why, these reasons might be the cause!

Late or Missed Payments

One of the most important aspects of your credit score is your ability to make payments on time. Missed and late payments lower your score. Be sure you’re making all of your payments on time with no exceptions to raise your credit score and avoid costly late fees.

Poor Debt to Income Ratio

Your debt-to-income ratio is the total amount of debt you owe compared to your annual income. If your amount of debt is higher than it should be for your income, it will lower your credit score and lower the likelihood of another creditor wanting to work with you. Focus on paying down outstanding debt to improve your debt to income ratio before acquiring new debt.

Too Many Credit Inquiries

Each time you apply for a new line of credit and the creditor pulls your score; it actually lowers your credit score. The amount it’s lowered is insignificant if it’s only one or two inquiries, but too many inquiries will harm your score. In this case, avoid credit inquiries for a period of time and be more particular about how often your credit is being pulled in the future..

Closing Credit Cards

Part of your credit score is determined by the length of your credit accounts. If you close an account that you’ve had for a while, it harms your score. Keep your accounts open and use them periodically to benefit your score. Focus on keeping your credit usage below 30% and maintaining an active account instead of paying it off completely and closing the account.

Bad Debt to Credit Utilization Ratio

The debt to credit utilization ratio refers to how much of your available credit line you’ve used. If all of your lines of credit are maxed out or close to being maxed out, your credit score will seriously suffer. Prioritizing paying down your debt to improve your credit utilization ratio is one of the quickest ways to raise your credit score.

It’s no secret that buying a home is one of the biggest financial transactions a person will ever make in their life, and it’s important to have an expert in your corner to guide you through navigating the real estate market. When it comes to financial planning for your real estate goals, trust your local expert REALTOR to provide you with the right information. 

With offices in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and South Florida, Lamacchia Realty has been assisting buyers to achieve their homeownership dreams for many years. Contact us today to make your dreams a reality!