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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Are You Hurting Your Credit Profile?

Credit scores have a large impact on our financial success. Having a strong score means you have the opportunity to take advantage of the best available interest rates on mortgages, auto loans, refinancing student loans, even cheaper auto insurance. To get good interest rates, you typically need to have a score above 700, but the best deals will go to consumers with scores above 750.

Credit scores reward responsible behavior, if you live within your means and pay your bills on time you should have a good score. However, being responsible does not always mean that you will have a strong credit score.

Here are three common mistakes that responsible people make, costing them points on their credit score, and money in the long run.

  1. Having only one credit card, and using it for everything.

Many consumers limit themselves to one credit card and pay their balance in full every month. This is a great practice as you avoid getting charged interest on the account. However, using only one card could harm your credit score by driving up your credit utilization ratio, an important part of how your score is calculated.

Your credit utilization is the percentage of available credit that is being used. If you have a credit limit of $1,000 and a balance of $200, your utilization would be 20%. This is calculated for each individual credit card and across all credit card accounts. High utilization can have a significant negative impact on your score. Keep utilization below 20%, but if you want the biggest positive effect on your score, keep it between 1-3%.

Utilization is important to lenders for two reasons. First, high utilization shows them you can’t control your spending. If you consistently max out your credit cards, you appear to be very risky to lend to. Second, credit limits are calculated based on your income, so when you use too much of the credit available to you, banks will think you have too much debt relative to your income, whether you pay them off in full or not.

You can lower your utilization in two ways. First, you can make your credit card payments more frequently. Your goal is to keep your balances low, but still more than zero. Paying down your balance in the middle of the month will reduce your statement balance and your utilization. Second, you can ask your bank for a credit limit increase, which will increase your available credit, making your statement balance have a lower effect on your utilization.

  1. Not knowing what is on your credit report.

Strange things often appear on credit reports. Check your credit reports once a year to make sure that all accounts are accurate and up to date. If you see any incorrect information on your credit report, you need to take action. CreditServices.com is an industry-leading credit repair company, our Attorney-Reviewed service levels can help you get negative remarks removed from your credit report.

  1. Paying collection items first.

Every once in awhile, you may run into unforeseen problems and miss payments. Responsible consumers work hard to pay back all of the money they have borrowed. However, when it comes to your credit score, keeping active accounts current is more important than paying on a collection item.

Once a collection item appears on your credit report, the damage has been done. So skipping credit card payments to pay the collection will negatively impact your credit score even more.

Collections should be dealt with only after your obligation to active creditors has been fulfilled in order to maintain your credit score and avoid further damage. Also consider working with our Debt Settlement department to settle your collections and save yourself money.

Credit scores are complex.

Making the most of your credit score, and protecting your financial future is not easy. A lot of information goes into calculating your credit score, which can get overwhelming at times. Since credit is such an important factor in so many purchasing situations, you need to have a firm grasp on where your credit profile stands. CreditServices.com can help repair negative items on your credit report, while also teaching you how to better manage the accounts you have, and inform you as to if you should open or close any other accounts based on your current profile. Our Credit Advisors are experts on the FICO formula and can help you develop a better understanding of how to manage your accounts now and in the future.

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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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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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Strong Credit; Financial Success

What Can Good Credit Do For You?

Having a good credit score shows lenders there is less risk in lending you money. Since you have a history of repaying your debts in a timely manner, you will be more likely to qualify for loans, larger lines of credit, and lower interest rates.

In today’s credit driven society, having good credit is key to getting the most out of your money because having good credit means that less of your money goes to interest and more goes toward the principal on your debts, leaving funds that would have been spent on interest to pay down debts or invest elsewhere.

Strategic decisions in the use of credit can be tremendously beneficial. This is where CreditServices.com comes in. As industry experts we teach our clients the most effective ways to build and manage their credit profile.

Strengthen your credit profile, and strengthen your purchasing power!

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Impact of Cutting Credit Cards

Your Credit Utilization Ratio (30% of your FICO score) is calculated by how much available credit you have in comparison to how much debt you are currently carrying. If you have cards with low balances and available credit on them, that raises your available credit to total debt ratio, thus increasing your score. Closing credit cards can also negatively impact the Credit History portion of your FICO score (15%). If you need to close out a credit card because you are too tempted to use it, make sure not to close the oldest one or the card with the highest limit.

Is your credit in the right place?

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Fixing Your Credit Problems

Recognizing that a problem exists is the first step in solving any problem. With your credit, as with anything in life, it pays to call in a professional.

By taking a two-pronged approach to improving your credit through ongoing management of your credit and fixing the errors in your credit reports, you can see dramatic results in a much shorter period of time than simply doing one or the other. If you sit back and wait for your credit score to improve, it may be a number of years before you see a significant shift. By proactively working to fix your credit, you may see noticeable improvement in your credit score in only a matter of months.

When your credit is broken to begin with because of an imperfect credit system, you shouldn’t wait for years for the problem to fix itself. Take advantage of your right to a fair and accurate credit score by working to fix your credit reports.

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Low Rates, Can You Take Advantage?

The interest rate you agree on for a mortgage heavily influences the affordability of your home. Half of a percentage point higher could make a difference in monthly payments and whether you will have enough money left over for your other financial goals, such as paying off debt. Since interest rates have been hovering around historic lows, applicants can lock down a low rate before they begin to rise.

However, if your credit score is low, it may make sense to raise your credit standing before applying for a mortgage. Borrowers who have high credit scores are more likely to get the lowest mortgage rates, which could save them thousands in interest payments over the life of the loan.

CreditServices.com can get your credit in a position to receive great interest rates and save you thousands on your home!

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