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Central WI Real Estate
Wausau, WI 54401
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FICO® Score - a Brief Explanation

When you apply for a mortgage loan, you expect your lender to pull a credit report and look at whether you’ve made your payments on time. What you may not expect is that they seem to be more interested in your FICO® score.

“What’s a FICO® score?” is a common reaction.

Each time your credit report is pulled, it is run through a computer program with a built-in scorecard. Points are awarded or deducted based on certain items such as how long you have had credit cards, whether you make your payments on time, if your credit balances are near maximum, and assorted other variables. When the credit report prints in your lender’s office, the total score is displayed. Your score can be anywhere between the high 300’s and the low 850’s.

Lenders wanted to determine if there was any relationship between these credit scores and whether borrowers made their payments on time, so they did a study. The study showed that borrowers with scores above 680 almost always made their payments on time. Borrowers with scores below 600 seemed fairly certain to develop problems.

As a result, credit scoring became a more important factor in approving mortgage loans. Credit scores also made it easier to develop artificial intelligence computer programs that could make a “yes” decision for loans that should obviously be approved. Nowadays, a computer and not a person may have actually approved your mortgage.

In short, lower credit scores require a more thorough review than higher scores. Often, mortgage lenders will not even consider a score below 600.

Some of the things that affect your FICO score are:

  • Delinquencies
  • Too many accounts opened within the last twelve months
  • Short credit history
  • Balances on revolving credit are near the maximum limits
  • Public records, such as tax liens, judgments, or bankruptcies
  • No recent credit card balances
  • Too many recent credit inquiries
  • Too few revolving accounts
  • Too many revolving accounts

FICO® actually stands for Fair Isaac and Company, which is the company used by the Experian (formerly TRW) credit bureau to calculate credit scores. Trans-Union and Equifax are two other credit bureaus who also provide credit scores.

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Jim Jaworski
Central WI Real Estate

2610 Stewart Ave Suite 120
Wausau, WI 54401
Phone: 715-571-1156
Email: jim@centralwisconsinRE.com

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Angela Wenman Biese  recommends Central WI Real Estate.
August 31 · 

Jim is a wonderful realtor for your commercial or residential real estate sale or purchase - he was both a buying agent and a selling agent for us on several occasions and we could not have made a better choice. His knowledge of the local market and experience are second to none!

Kenneth Krouse reviewed Central WI Real Estate — 5 star
June 25 · 

Jim is a very straight-forward, knowledgeable, and successful realtor who I would not hesitate a second to call on again if needed. Thanks to Jim, we priced our house $15,000 higher than another realtor suggested we list it at, and we got our asking price. Jim helped us through the entire process and helped to make it a lot less stressful experience. I also know Jim to be a very dedicated and involved family man and solid individual.

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