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All About Your FICO Score

When it comes to credit, your FICO score is what counts. If you're new to the credit or home buying game, FICO is probably a very mysterious and confusing word. You probably already know it has something to do with credit; but do you know exactly what your FICO score is and means? If not, read on.

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FICO: Your Personal Financial Score Card

Those looking to secure a loan learn very early how important a credit score really is. It can determine whether or not a lending institution approves your loan application. Furthermore, your credit score influences the interest rate offered to you by a bank or other lending organization.

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All You Need to Know About Credit Score

What is a credit score? A credit score is a number lenders use to help them decide: "If I give this person a loan or credit card, how likely is it that I will get paid back on time?" A score is a snapshot of your credit risk picture at a particular point in time. There are many types of credit scores, but the most commonly used are credit bureau scores. Credit bureau scores are based solely on information in consumer credit reports maintained at one of the credit reporting agencies. Other types of scores may also include information from credit applications or bank files. The most widely used credit bureau scores are developed by Fair, Isaac and Company. These are known as FICO scores.

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Top 7 Questions About Your Credit Score

Here are the top 7 questions we hear from consumers about credit reports and credit scores...

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FICO Scores: Are They So Important for Getting a Mortgage?

During the last few decades, we moved many times from place to place, buying and selling houses and other property. To my knowledge, not even the most respectable bank that carried our mortgage ever had anything to do with any FICO score. I first heard "FICO score" mentioned, about six or seven years ago, when one of my children worked for a mortgage company, and I found out from him that FICO score has been around since the 1950s, after Fair, Isaac and Co. (therefore the acronym FICO) developed a certain method to determine the credit risks of borrowers.

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FICO Score 101 - what does your FICO score mean to you

FICO stands for "Fair Issac Corporation," the company that invented the FICO scoring system. Your FICO score is a number generated by one of the three Credit Report Agencies (Equifax, TransUnion or Experian) based on your credit history. This number helps lenders to predict how likely you are to pay your loans on time in the future. A FICO score will range between 300 to 850. The higher your score, the less risk you represent to a lender.

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