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FICO Scores – How Many Does A Person Have?

Most consumers think they have only 3 FICO scores – one for each bureau-Equifax, Experian and Transunion. Actually, a person has dozens of FICO scores.

There are six major types of FICO scores–General, Auto, Mortgage, Credit Card, Installment loan, and Personal Finance. Different factors are taken into account to generate a score. For example, an auto FICO score places more importance on the history of any previous auto loan that the consumer had. A credit card FICO score looks more at a person’s handling of credit card balances and payment history. Some even look at whether more than the minimum payment is made every month.

The highest FICO scores are personal ones that fall under the General score category. One of the most frequent questions we get is based on this scenario: a borrower will go to a loan officer after having pulled their own credit and walk in with a 740 score. The lender then pulls the credit of the borrower using the Mortgage program used by banks and mortgage companies, and the score is 680. This is because the FICO scores are based on different criteria. While it’s a good idea for everyone to order their free credit report every year, it’s not necessary to order (and pay for) the scores that go along with them. Personal scores aren’t used by any industry for any reason. They are more of a “warm and fuzzy” number to make a person feel good about scores than anything else.

The bottom line is that a consumer shouldn’t get caught up in all the various FICO scores. Instead, focus should be on the important things that surround all FICO scores: paying bills on time, not running up a lot of revolving debt, keeping revolving balances below 20% of the high credit limit, not closing accounts, and only opening new accounts when absolutely necessary. These action will ensure a good FICO score no matter what model it is being pulled from.

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Can You Be Approved for a Home Loan Without A Contract?

Realtors and home sellers want to know that the buyer is approved for a mortgage. There are several levels of “approval” beginning with a brief look at credit and income. The next level would be an automated underwriting system, and finally a complete underwriting approval that guarantees you’re a ready and willing buyer. It can save time and disappointment if you know you’re approved for a mortgage without a purchase agreement.

1st Eagle Mortgage offers this complete underwriting approval system while you’re looking for a home. We don’t need an address. This results in the assurance that you’ll get the mortgage once you find a home and also shortens the time from contract to closing. Once your offer is accepted and the home passes inspection, we’ll order the appraisal. Once done, the contract and appraisal are reviewed by the underwriter and we can close within days, not weeks.

Call 1st Eagle Mortgage at 847-441-4116.

1st Eagle Now Offering the E-Z Doc Program!

Do you have self-employed borrowers looking for a Jumbo loan? Our EZ-Doc program provides options for self-employed borrowers who have the ability to pay their mortgage with ease but may not be able to supply the rigorous documentation that is required in today’s mortgage marketplace. This program is appropriate for:

  • Income is stated but not verified
  • Loan amounts to $2M
  • Minimum qualifying credit score 700
  • LTV’s/CLTVs up to 70%
  • Purch/RT/Cashout Accepted
  • Max Cashout $400, ed 000
  • DTI 33/43%
  • Self-employed only

Eligible Property Types

  • Primary Residence
  • Second Homes
  • 1 Unit SFR/PUD

Additional Details

  • Caps: 5/2/5
  • Margin: 2.5%
  • Index: 1 Year LIBOR

Call 1st Eagle Mortgage at 847-441-4116.

A Thought About Fiscal And Financial Health

Why go to a 15 year mortgage? Yes, doctor it is a lower rate and you’ll save many thousands of dollars in interest compared to a 20 or 30 year mortgage.

Remember, unhealthy you don’t make money by paying down your mortgage. Your home will appreciate (or not) based on the real estate market.

In my opinion, ask a 15 year (or 10 year) fixed rate mortgage makes sense if:

  1. You’re able to continue to maximize your retirement contribution each year.
  2. You’ve paid off your credit cards (or have paid them down 10% or 15% of the the available limit.)
  3. You have 6 to 12 months of mortgage payments (including taxes and insurance) in readily available funds (money market, CD stocks, etc.)

I realize that in some cases, the desire to pay off your mortgage as soon as possible is so strong that it overrides any other consideration. However, I would suggest you at least consider the three items mentioned above.

I have several financial advisers that I can recommend.

Call 1st Eagle Mortgage at 847-441-4116.