Credit scores play a huge role in today’s mortgage market — larger than at any time in recent history. Blame it on the high default rates of the last half-decade. Lenders are reserving their lowest rates for the customers most likely to make on-time repayments.
Mortgage rates are at an all-time low. However, the low rates you see advertised on TV and online are only available to the home buyers and would-be refinancers whose credit scores are pristine. Having a high credit score is often the difference between getting “the best rates” from your lender, and getting something worse.
The first part of improving your credit score is understanding how it works. In this 5-minute piece from NBC’s The Today Show, you’ll learn the basics :
- Why you shouldn’t close a credit card after you pay off a large debt
- What is the maximize balance to leave on your credit cards, relative to your credit limit
- What types of credit checks harm your credit scores, and which ones don’t
You’ll also learn how to shop for a mortgage with multiple lenders without having your credit score “dinged”, as well as several proven methods to raise your credit score quickly.
In the end, good credit scores are the result of paying bills on time and staying with your means. Those with the best scores, get the best rates.