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What is a Credit Score?

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You’ve just applied for a mortgage or auto loan and your lender comes back with a three-digit number that summarizes your credit worthiness and you have no clue what that number really means. What is the difference between a 540, a 670 and a 780? If you’re not familiar with credit scores then these seemingly random numbers can make it difficult to determine where you stand. And in today’s difficult economic environment, you need every point you can get. In this article we’re going to find out exactly what these numbers mean to lenders – and to you. *Range above based on the FICO® credit score, which is used by most lenders. Outstanding: 800+ If your credit score is over 800 then you’re pretty much the best of the best as far as the lending and insurance worlds are concerned. With scores this high, you represent an outstanding credit risk, almost non-existent, and you’ll qualify for the best deals. Consumers that score in the 800+ range typically have a long credit history with multiple credit accounts that have been paid on time for years. There are no derogatory records such as collections, bankruptcies or charge-off accounts and very little credit card debt. These people are almost immune to the credit crisis. Very Good: 750 – 799 If your credit score is between the 750 – 799 range, lenders will view you as a very low credit risk and you’ll qualify for some of the lowest lending rates available. You manage your credit responsibly by paying your bills on time and keeping your credit balances very low in relation to the credit limits.

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