One of my friends has excellent credit; like, over 800 excellent. He pays all his bills on time, and worked furiously to pay off all his student loan debt within a year of graduating. However, he is concerned that his “home buying score” is still not good enough. In fact, he was worried he didn’t have one at all. To me, that sounded a little bit…well, wrong. After all, if you have good credit, you’re guaranteed to be approved for a low-interest home loan….right? Well, it turns out that he is actually partially right. Mortgage companies go into much further depth when deciding whether or not to approve you for a loan. And yes, your generic score IS different than your “home buying” credit score. Someone who has a 650 generic score may actually have only a 615 for home lenders. Check out this post by Chris Birk at the Credit.com Blog for more information:
The reality is lending agencies rely on unique scoring formulas weighted for mortgage-related factors. It’s a risk-hedging move designed to help banks better assess whether you’re a good candidate for the financial responsibility of a mortgage. That’s often a frustrating revelation for potential borrowers.
The consumer-centric score you might purchase from an entity like FICO can still provide a solid sense of where you stand. But its limitations are especially glaring for borrowers on the edge.