Understanding Your Credit Rating
Perhaps the most important factor in obtaining a good interest rate on your mortgage is your "credit history." We'll try to help you here to understand your credit rating and the mortgage terms you can expect from a lender based upon your credit rating or "credit score".
When you apply for a mortgage from a lender or broker, by far the most important factor is your credit. In some cases, your ability to get a mortgage is determined entirely by your credit. Generally, there are other factors but your credit rating is probably the single most critical factor that determines whether you'll get a mortgage loan at all and at what interest rate you will get the mortgage. The better your credit rating and the better you manage your credit, the lower your mortgage interest rate will be.
Before You Start Looking for a Home
Before you start looking for a home, take the time to order your credit report from all three major credit reporting agencies. The three major credit reporting agencies are:
A General Guide to Credit Ratings
First a definition -- your "credit rating score" is generally expressed as a