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What is a Fico® Credit Score & How is it Calculated?

Fico Credit ScoreA FICO® score is a type of credit score created by the Fair Isaac Corporation. Lenders use borrowers’ FICO scores along with other details on borrowers’ credit reports to assess credit risk and determine whether to extend credit. Here is how a FICO score is calculated:

35{a16c29276902c0134dc3724dc6f6a60124a484baf737123e94c02cf5a4efbdc5} Payment History: The first thing any lender wants to know is whether you’ve paid past credit accounts on time.

30{a16c29276902c0134dc3724dc6f6a60124a484baf737123e94c02cf5a4efbdc5} Amounts Owed: When a high percentage of a person’s available credit has been used, this can indicate that a person is overextended, and is more likely to miss or make late payments.

15{a16c29276902c0134dc3724dc6f6a60124a484baf737123e94c02cf5a4efbdc5} Length of Credit History: In general, a longer credit history will increase your score.

10{a16c29276902c0134dc3724dc6f6a60124a484baf737123e94c02cf5a4efbdc5} Credit Mix In Use: FICO Scores will consider your mix of credit cards, retail accounts, installment loans, finance company accounts and mortgage loans.

10{a16c29276902c0134dc3724dc6f6a60124a484baf737123e94c02cf5a4efbdc5} New Credit: Research shows that opening several credit accounts in a short period of time represents a greater risk – especially for people who don’t have a long credit history.

What is Credit Karma and how is it different from FICO® Scores?

Credit Karma does not give you your FICO® Score.

The following information was pulled directly from the Credit Karma website:

“The scores and credit report information you see on Credit Karma come from TransUnion and Equifax, two of the three major credit bureaus. Credit Karma does not calculate your credit score. Rather we show you information that’s provided by TransUnion and Equifax to help you better understand your credit.

Remember that these scores will differ from one another because they weigh the data in your credit report differently. Therefore, it’s important to pay attention to and track the factors influencing your score, rather than just the three-digit number. Working on improving the individual factors could result in improved credit health across the board.”

Please be aware, that what you see in Credit Karma will not necessarily be the information that we see when we pull your Credit. The numbers could be off by 100+ points in either direction. You can get one free credit report per year, which would be more accurate, through www.freecreditreport.com. Additionally, if you are interested in getting pre approved for a loan, we can review your credit report with you and see if there are ways we can help you raise your credit score.

More Information About Your Credit Score

What actions will hurt the score?

  • Missing payments…It will take 24 months to restore credit with one late payment
  • Credit cards at capacity…at their limits
  • Closing out credit cards….It lowers available capacity
  • Shopping for credit excessively
  • Opening up numerous trades in a short period
  • Having more revolving loans in relation to installment loans
  • Borrowing from Finance Companies

What doesn’t affect your score?

  • Debt ratio
  • Income
  • Length of residence
  • Length of employment

How to improve your score?

  • Pay down on credit card balances
  • Do not close credit cards because capacity will decrease
  • Continue to make payments on time, older payments will be come less significant with time
  • Slow down on opening new accounts
  • Acquire a solid credit history with years of experience
  • Move revolving debt to installment debt