Credit Score Basics: Understanding How Your Credit Score Impacts Your Homebuying Journey


When looking to purchase a home, it's important to recognize that your credit score is a crucial factor in qualifying for a mortgage. Lenders evaluate your credit history to assess your payment patterns, debt repayment, and other financial habits. Moreover, your credit score plays a significant role in determining the interest rate you'll be offered on your mortgage. US Bank provides insights on this aspect in an article.

“A credit score isn’t the only deciding factor on your mortgage application, but it’s a significant one. So, when you’re house shopping, it’s important to know where your credit stands and how to use it to get the best mortgage rate possible.”


This implies that your credit score holds even greater significance in your current homebuying endeavors, especially considering that mortgage rates heavily impact affordability. Data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reveals that the median credit score for mortgage applicants in the U.S. stands at 770. However, it's important to note that perfection isn't necessary when it comes to your credit score. The aforementioned article from US Bank elaborates on this point.

“Your credit score (commonly called a FICO Score) can range from 300 at the low end to 850 at the high end. A score of 740 or above is generally considered very good, but you don’t need that score or above to buy a home.”

Collaborating with a reputable lender offers the most reliable avenue for gaining insights into how your credit score might impact your home loan and the interest rate available to you. As advised by FICO:

“While many lenders use credit scores like FICO Scores to help them make lending decisions, each lender has its own strategy, including the level of risk it finds acceptable. There is no single “cutoff score” used by all lenders and there are many additional factors that lenders may use to determine your actual interest rates.”

If you’re looking for ways to improve your score, Experian highlights some things you may want to focus on:

  • Your Payment History: Late payments can have a negative impact by dropping your score. Focus on making payments on time and paying any existing late charges quickly.
  • Your Debt Amount (relative to your credit limits): When it comes to your available credit amount, the less you’re using, the better. Focus on keeping this number as low as possible.
  • Credit Applications: If you’re looking to buy something, don’t apply for additional credit. When you apply for new credit, it could result in a hard inquiry on your credit that drops your score.

Bottom Line

Finding ways to make your credit score better could help you get a lower mortgage rate. If you want to learn more, talk to a trusted lender.

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