The Best Mortgage Rates

Most consumers planning to obtain a home loan are looking around to find the best interest rate possible for their situation. This is an important aspect to financing because a small fluctuation in your mortgage rate can mean tens of thousands of dollars difference over the life of your loan.

Here are some important tips to use so you can minimize your mortgage interest rate and maximize the use of your money:

Raise your credit score:

Lenders will look at your credit score to determine whether they will continue looking at your mortgage application or reject it immediately. The best mortgage rates are generally obtained by consumers with a FICO credit score of 740 and up.

Achieving a 740+ credit score requires attention to the factors that make up your credit score, and how much impact they have: payment history (35%), credit utilization ratio (30%), length of account history (15%), recent credit inquiries (10%), and the types of credit you use (10%).

Make your payments on time and keep your balances as low as possible, while still using at least 1% of your credit limit. Using a small portion of your credit limit keeps your credit cards active in the FICO formula and maximizes the impact of the credit utilization portion of your FICO score.

Improve your debt-to-income ratio:

First, consider your “front-end” debt ratio, this is the amount of your pre-tax monthly income that goes toward your mortgage payment, this should not exceed 28%. Develop a detailed budget before applying for a loan so you understand what you can afford on a monthly basis.

Second, your “back-end” debt ratio, or the portion of your monthly income that goes toward all forms of debt pay off including; mortgage, student loans, car loans, etc. should not exceed 36%.

To appear as a lower-risk borrower, take care of your “back-end” ratio to improve your debt-to-income ratio, while also improving your credit utilization.

Consider short-term fixed-rate mortgage:

You have a good chance of getting the best mortgage rate possible by choosing a 15 year fixed-rate mortgage over a 30 year fixed-rate mortgage. This option can improve your interest rate by as much as 0.8% compared to a 30 year loan.

However one of the risks of utilizing a 15 year mortgage may outweigh the reward for many buyers. Having a much higher monthly payment will put strains on your budget and may cause late payments. Choosing a 30 year loan and paying it off sooner won’t give you a lower interest rate, but it will allow you to pay your debt more according to your own terms, avoiding potentially being strapped for cash when you run into an unforeseen hardship.

Larger down payment:

Lenders can give you lower mortgage rates for the life of the loan if they can get more money upfront. This is called paying for points. A point is 1% of the borrowed amount, the more points you can buy, the lower your interest rate will be. The longer you plan to hold the loan, the more it makes sense to pay for the points that will save you money.

No matter what course of action you take to lower your mortgage interest rates, utilizing a combination of all these methods will surely provide the best results. Get creative in your efforts and remember the end result – saving money!

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Back To School Shopping? Keep Your Credit In Mind!

As parents, you are well aware that back to school shopping can seriously impact your financial situation. Overspending on school supplies and clothes could easily result in a damaged credit profile as well.

Using credit cards for your back to school shopping can be very helpful, allowing you to purchase the necessities for your children in the upcoming school year. However, be careful about racking up high balances as doing so will hurt your credit utilization ratio. This ratio is based on the amount of debt you are carrying vs. how much revolving credit is available to you, it is the second most important aspect of the FICO formula, accounting for 30% of your FICO score. If your credit utilization ratio is too high, it will imply that you may be overextending your finances, making you appear as a risk to lenders.

Before you start shopping, you will want to know how much debt you are carrying on your credit cards, especially if you are planning to apply for any lending opportunities in the near future. You can see what your balances and limits are by pulling your credit and examining your open revolving accounts. Pay down any cards that are already getting close to their limit as soon as you can, as it is certainly causing your credit score to suffer.

Stick to your budget to avoid a revolving balance and paying interest on your back to school purchases. A helpful trick to manage this is to spread out your school spending. Buy clothing when it goes on sale if you can, and for supplies, keep an eye on the adds as certain items are often on a rotating sale.

If at all possible, pay cash, and if not, make sure to keep an eye on your balances and make your payments on time.

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Your Credit Reports

A credit report is a record of your credit history which includes information such as:

-Your identity: name, address, date of birth, Social Security Number, and potentially employment information.

-Your existing credit: information pertaining to your credit history including revolving (credit cards) and installment accounts (student loans, car loans, mortgages…), how much you owe, and your payment history.

-Public records: Information regarding any judgments, tax liens, or bankruptcy in your credit history.

-Credit inquiries: List of companies or parties that recently requested a copy of your credit report for the purpose of lending.

Your credit report is used by lenders, insurers, employers, and others to assess your management of financial responsibilities.

-Lenders will use your reports to determine whether you will qualify for a loan, and what interest rate you will receive.

-Insurers can use them to approve or deny you for insurance coverage and to set your rates.

-Utility companies may use your credit report to determine whether they should provide you with their services.

-Employers, if given permission, may use credit reports in their hiring decision.

-Landlords may use the information on your credit report to determine whether they will rent to you or someone else.

Your information is collected by three major credit bureaus; Equifax, Experian, and Transunion. They gather the information that is contained in your credit reports, then provide the information to companies that request it to make the decision on whether to do business with you.

The credit bureaus have to manage all of this information on millions of Americans, so how accurate do you think all of the information is? Credit bureaus are not responsible for the accuracy of the information that they supply to lenders, that is your job!

Check your credit reports if you haven’t in awhile to make sure they are accurate, if they aren’t, contact us and we can get you started on the right path to achieve your goals.

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Credit Monitoring: The Benefits

Many consumers think credit monitoring services are only necessary for those with a troubled credit history, but that is not the case. In fact, it is just as important to use a credit monitoring service to maintain an excellent credit rating as it is to improve a poor one.

When you sign up for a credit monitoring service, you will receive important information from your major credit reports through Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. You will be able to track all of them and make sure that any information reported is accurate.

In addition to avoiding inaccurate marks on your file, you can figure out where the weak points in your profile exist and improve them going forward. Most credit monitoring services show the major factors in calculating your credit score and grade you on each of them. As a result, you can determine how to adjust your financial approach to improve your credit rating. This will impact your chances of obtaining important financing options like a car or home loan.

Credit Protection

Credit monitoring services can also help protect you from identity theft, which is increasingly important because so much of our information is stored online. Unfortunately, credit card fraud and identity theft are commonplace these days. Cyber criminals are able to hack the databases of major companies obtaining credit card information, so nobody’s information is entirely safe.

Information is power when it comes to improving your personal finances. Monitor your credit use on a regular basis and ensure that your reports are reflecting accurate information. Catching inaccuracies early allows you time to correct them, meaning they are not there to prevent you from being approved!

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Ready For Car Shopping?

Your credit score influences the rates that are available to you. Most lenders will not fully review your credit profile, instead they rely mostly on your credit score and some application information.

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If you have a 750+ credit score, you will receive the best interest rates available, which can sometimes be as low as 0%! However, people with major credit problems can usually be approved for auto loans, but at very high rates. The best auto loan rates are generally offered by credit unions, and online lenders, not at the dealership.

When shopping for your loans, remember that you have a 30 day window where similar inquiries will be counted as one and only drop your score 5-15 points rather than multiple inquiries that will be 5-15 points each.

Educate yourself, monitor your credit, and stay within your means to get the most out of your auto loan.

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Strong Credit For Home Lending!

Looking to obtain lending for a home?

Strengthening your credit score is a very important step to take, the earlier you start, the earlier you will get into your new home!

While there are plenty of qualified buyers in the 580 credit score range, today’s market is looking for 640 to 660 as a minimum. These scores will get you into a house, however a FICO score of 700 to 720 will get you a better deal, and 750+ will get you the best rates on the market.

The first step in determining your standing is pulling your credit to make sure your profile is strong enough to move forward and that you aren’t being penalized for old accounts.

At CreditServices.com, our credit analysts will walk through this process with you. Analyzing your credit report and disputing accounts that are invalid is a very tedious process, and something that we excel with. We are a top 1% performing Credit Service Organization, and our past clients say it the best.

If you are looking to improve your credit for mortgage approval, the experts at CreditServices.com will help you from start to finish, and achieve industry leading results by utilizing a strong background and knowledge of the requirements of the mortgage lending industry, and the steps that need to be taken in order to meet them.

Contact us today, and qualify for the loan you deserve sooner!

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Credit Card Offers In The Mail?

Many companies that solicit new credit card accounts use pre-screening to identify potential customers. These offers are based on information in your credit report that shows that you meet criteria set by the company offering the credit card.

Can pre-screening hurt my credit score?

No. These are marketing inquiries that do not show up on your credit report, because you are not asking for any new lending opportunities.

What about opting out?

Many people prefer not to receive these offers in the mail, especially if they are not in the market for a new credit card. Some pre-screened offers include great benefits, especially if you are in the market for a new credit card. These offers allow you to gain knowledge of the market by comparing costs, and finding what works best for you. Consider this when wondering whether to opt out or not. If you decide to opt out, your request will typically be processed within five days, but don’t expect the letters to stop immediately as it may take up to 60 days.

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Auto Loans: Will Your Credit Help?

Vehicles are a large purchase, most people will own several in their life; with the average American owning 12 vehicles throughout their lifetime. Unless you are able to pay cash for every vehicle you will own, you’ll need an auto loan, and your ability to obtain one depends heavily on your credit score.

To finance a vehicle purchase you need a loan, and a potential lender will want to know how risky it is going to be to give you a loan. Credit scores are a risk assessment formula based on your credit history. Your credit score is a huge part of determining how much you can borrow, what interest rate you will be charged on that loan and how much your monthly payment for that car loan will be.

With a low credit score, you may have to put up a much larger down payment, utilize very high interest rates, or even be turned down. CreditServices.com has helped thousands of clients qualify for auto loans with better rates and lower monthly payments that will save them thousands over the life of the loan. Arm yourself with a great credit profile, and walk into that dealership with confidence.

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Avoid These Common Credit Card Mistakes

  1. Getting too many credit cards:

While having a good debt-available credit ratio will build your credit and look favorable to lenders, if you have too much available credit, a lender may think: “What if they decide to max out all of these cards, what would the debt-income ratio be?” Not to mention that multiple credit inquiries will lower your credit score and may lead a lender to believe you are desperate for more money.

  1. Paying your bill late:

Not only will you face a late payment charge that may be higher than your minimum payment, this will show up on your credit report and lower your credit score.

  1. Ignoring your monthly statement:

Avoid late payments by checking your monthly credit card statements. Checking your monthly credit card statements will also allow you to make sure charges are correct, and catch identity theft, if you wait too long it may show up on your credit report.

  1. Exceeding your credit limit:

If you are approaching the top of your credit limit, try to use cash for subsequent purchases. If you don’t, your purchase may be rejected, unless you have authorized your card company to charge hefty over-the-limit fees.

  1. Misunderstanding introductory rates:

With introductory rates, often offered on big-ticket items, interest accumulates from the day of purchase. If you don’t pay off the debt during the introductory period, the interest will be charged retroactively, more than likely at a very high rate.

 

These are common mistakes made with credit cards that can damage your credit and hinder your ability to qualify for lending opportunities. The more you can learn about the terms of the credit cards you utilize, and credit card use in general, the better you will be able to manage your debt and position yourself for a strong credit score and financial life!

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CreditServices.com™ Service Levels have one of the Nation’s highest success rates among Credit Service Organizations. Specific services include validation through our meticulous bureau discovery process, credit rebuilding strategies and options, credit education on profile management, coaching on the FICO™ and Consumer scoring formulas, and continued support with advising and consulting throughout your specific credit service process.

We are an award winning consumer-oriented company and love to deliver the results that our clients deserve! Whether your goal is obtaining a mortgage, auto loan, or general credit improvement for purchasing power, we have a program for you.

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