Submitted by DOLLY on Sat, 10/03/2009 - 11:10

How long does it take for your credit score to go up? My husband and I had some late payments on our mortgage last year. We sold our house in September and tried to get a mortgage to buy a new house and we could not; our credit score was to low. So we have paid off everything except one credit card which is 50% lower than it was before and we have a small car loan we are way ahead on payments for that. We want to purchase a house in the next few months but are afraid that our score will still be too low. This all happened last year September 2008 and it has been 7 months now. Please let me know what your thoughts are on this. We have money in savings, checking, and 401k and we pay all our bills that we have now on time.

Welcome DOLLY,

If your credit score is poor then give attention on following points.

Do not make late payments.Pay off your all bills before duedate.
Use secure credit updated with your credit report.

& try all of ways to improve your credit score it will take several weeks to update your credit score.

If you wish to purchase a new home then you may apply for FHA (Federal Housing Administration) make credit score more that 620, put 3.5% for downpayment, Most recent of your work & bank history, and other required documents by your lender. Try to get lowest intrest rates loan.

Thanks & Regadrs.
James Orr
Secure credit card will help you to improve your credit score faster.

Sat, 10/03/2009 - 14:40 Permalink

Typically there are several considerations when getting a mortgage loan - three of the most important are:

i) your loan-to-value.
ii) your debt-to-income ratio.
iii) your credit rating.

1. Loan to value:

This is calculation looking at how much you want to borrow, relative to the value of the home. It is directly impacted by the amount of money that you can put down on your new home. The larger the down payment, relative to the value of the home, the less risk the lender has to take in extending to you a loan.

2. Debt to Income:

This ratio looks at your monthly debt obligations (payments of interest and principal) as a percentage of your monthly income. If you have a significant amount of debt, your debt service burden may be too high for a lender to comfortably give you a loan. You need to either increase your income, or cut your debts.

3. Credit Rating:

Your loan, including terms like interest rate and points, will depend on your credit worthiness. One measure of credit quality is a credit score (sometimes a specific 'FICO' score). Your credit rating is calculated based on several variables, including: your payment history (do you have any late payments, charge-offs, etc.), the amount and type of debt that you owe, if you have maxed out any of your trade lines, and then several other secondary factors like the length of your credit history and how many recent inquiries have been made to look at your credit history. If you have a good credit score, you will get a better loan.

Sun, 10/04/2009 - 14:58 Permalink

A person's credit score usually takes a big hit when mortgage payments are missed, but continuing to pay your accounts on time should slowly improve your credit profile. How long it will take for your score to improve really depends on how much damage your credit score suffered during the past seven years, and how many positive credit listings are now appearing on your credit report.

While I cannot tell you when your credit score will improve, I encourage you to continue making your monthly payments in a timely manner, as the longer you make payments, the more positive influence the accounts will have on your credit history. I encourage you to regularly obtain copies of your credit reports from the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian) to verify that all listings appearing on your report are accurate. If you find any inaccurate credit listings, you should dispute the item with the credit bureau reporting the information.

Sun, 10/04/2009 - 14:59 Permalink