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FICO credit scores are an important part of the first time home owner mortgage process. Your score and your credit history tell a lender a lot about your financial life and the likelihood that you'll pay your house payments on time. Your FICO score doesn't tell the whole story of course, but it's on important step in the home buying journey. So what does a 550 FICO score say? In essence, it says you're not ready for a mortgage just yet.
What exactly is bad credit? Let's start with the lower end of generally accepted credit scores* for borrowers. If your credit score sits below the 600 mark, you'll have a difficult time getting a first time home buyer loan. As you inch towards a 620 FICO score, your "borrower risk" begins to fall in the eyes of most lenders; 640 and above and you're getting into the safe zone for most loan options. What does this mean for people with bad credit? It means it's time to work on bringing that FICO credit score up, up, up. Get our Mortgage Ready Credit ebook here.
Are you looking to buy a new car, apply for a mortgage or pursue a new career opportunity anytime soon? Then you may also know that your ability to secure a loan, a low interest rate, and even that coveted new career position, is dependent upon a vital piece of financial information – your credit score.