ABC’s of Credit









If you want to take advantage of today’s low interest rates, you must qualify for your rates with attractive credit scores. High credit scores are earned through on-time credit payments, carefully managing debt, and keeping accounts in good standing, among other means.

Back in the 1980s, The Fair Isaac Company developed software that issues credit scores, a number that indicates your level of creditworthiness based on data gathered from creditors, landlords, tax bases, student loan lenders, and child support agencies, savings institutions, lack of credit and much more.

All three credit-reporting bureaus, Experian, TransUnion and Equifax use the software to determine your credit “FICO” score. It’s possible to have three different credit scores because the credit bureaus either have inconsistent data about you or they weigh your data a little differently.

Credit scores are a major short-hand tool bankers use to manage risk. They want to learn how much credit you use and how wisely, your debt-to-income, and if you have any defaults, liens, bankruptcies, judgments, etc. They look at your monthly obligations such as child support or alimony.

According to, FICO scores range from 300 to 850, the higher the better.

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