Planning to buy a home? Your credit score is an important tool in your efforts to have financial power. Why do you see so many different credit scores? Check out this video for some insight about why the differences in reporting your credit score.
Which Credit Score Means the Most?
Credit scores can be very confusing, especially for 1st time homebuyers who may need a little help getting into the home they’re dreaming about.
Hi, I’m Judy Hamilton, Realtor with Homes By Judy
Chances are, when it comes to credit, you’ve heard about Fico and Experian and Vantage and more...but what do they all mean, and what are the differences?
Well, credit scores are ways to evaluate your financial reputation, you may have HUNDREDS of them - and yes, there are differences in how they’re calculated.
First of all, Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax are the three main credit bureaus and they came together about a decade ago to create their own version of a credit score model called Vantage Score. However, each have different information about you...therefore, even though they use the same model to gauge your score, all three could still get a different result.
Then there’s the FICO score, which is the oldest and most widely used scoring model, allegedly used by 90% of top lenders to judge your worthiness. This is the one you hear about most in commercials, and that is usually offered to you monthly by your credit card provider. In essence, FICO is like Google or Amazon, but Vantage still has market share, and is gaining in popularity. How Do You Know Which One Is Best for You?
You can find out what kind of methodology your lender uses, but the best bet is to keep your credit history clear and strong so that you’ll come out with a high score, no matter what model is used to get your loan. For more information on regaining trust with Lenders and ensuring you put your best credit foot forward, stay tuned for more videos and be empowered! This is Judy with Homes By Judy.