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The FICO Score Gets A Makeover

Jun 29, 2008
Owning a home is the American Dream. To do it, most of us have to borrow money from a lender. Our credit plays a big factor in whether a lender is going to give us the money to make that purchase.

So, just what is a FICO score? FICO is an abbreviation for Fair, Isaacs and Company, the business that came up with the calculation. Your FICO score reflects a calculation of various elements on your credit score ranking from the type of debt you have to payment histories.

If you've every bought a car or home, you probably think you know everthing you need to about how a FICO score works. You don't. Why? Because the recent changes to the calculation change the way the game works.

So, how exactly is FICO changing? Is FICO still, well, FICO or is it something else? Well, it is still the dominant credit calculation used by lenders, but the factors involved in coming up with the score have changed.

The weight of transgressions in credit has always been a murky area with FICO scores. Many believed the weight given even to one late payment was far too much. After all, is one late payment really an indicator of a bad credit risk?

The new FICO calculation appears designed to be more flexible. If you have one late payment, it will not kill your score. If you have multiple late payments, your score will take a bigger beating. In short, a mixed bag that is more accurate.

When there is a system in place, there is always a way to trick it. The authorized user function of credit scores was one such trick. It has now been removed from all FICO calculations.

The length of time you have had credit is now also given more value. This is apparently because the longer the record, the clearer the picture on what type of borrower you are. Open credit accounts early whenever possible.

Whether you are just looking to get a credit card or something larger like a car loan or mortgage, your FICO score is going to play a big part in the process. Make sure you know what it is before you apply.
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Hal James writes about balloon mortgage home loans for FSBOAmerica.org.
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