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How to jumpstart your credit to buy a home

How To Jumpstart Your Credit To Buy A Home

Your credit history holds a very significant key to your new home. It determines your borrowing power, loan options and the interest you will pay. The higher the score the lower the interest rate,

which in turn saves you money in monthly payments. Here are some tips on how to increase your credit score.

The Jumpstart

Order your credit report with FICO scores from all three major agencies Experian, TransUnion and Equifax. The FICO score is usually not included with the report and this is the score that

lenders will see. You can also order a 3-in-one credit report online from one of the agencies.

*Dispute: any incorrect entries, adverse information that’s more than seven years old, including lawsuits, judgments, paid tax liens, accounts sent to collection, late payments and overdue child

support. Request the removal of bankruptcies reported more than ten years after the date of the last activity, and credit inquiries that are more than two years old. Creditors by law have 30 days

to respond to any disputes you’ve made, if they do not respond, the negative items will be changed or removed from your report.

Once the 30-day investigation period is over, the credit reporting agencies will send the results to you by snail mail or email. If some of the items you disputed were not removed, consider disputing them again in a few months. Be prepared with any documentation you may have to support your dispute. The removal of adverse items from your credit report will raise your credit score!

How To Manage Your Credit

Improve payment history

Always pay your bills on time. Late payments play a major role in driving down your score. If you have past-due bills now, bring them current and keep them that way. Contact your creditors

as soon as you know you will have a problem paying bills on time. Try to work out a payment arrangement and negotiate with them to keep at least a portion of the late notations off of your credit reports.

Maintain low balances

Keep your credit card balances low. Use only 10% – 20% of the available limit. Pay your debt off. Start by paying off the smaller balances then work on aggressively paying down larger accounts. Don’t close unused accounts, a zero balance might help your score.

Length of Your Credit History

Don’t open several new accounts in a short period, especially if your credit history is less than three years. Adding accounts too rapidly sends up a red flag that you are not handling your credit


Limit the Number of Inquiries

Several credit inquiries during a short period means you are attempting to open multiple new accounts, and that lowers your credit score. If multiple inquiries are necessary, have them pulled

as closely together as possible. Checking your own credit report does not affect your score.

The Types of Credit You Use

A mixture of credit cards and installment loans, loans with fixed payments, can help raise your score if you manage the credit responsibly.

Build up your credit score today to secure that dream home for tomorrow! For more information visit www.myfirstmichiganhome.com.

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