Building Your Credit Score

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I’m always looking for ways to help my clients prepare for their new home purchase. Below are some useful tips I recently came across on how to better your credit score so you can get the best home loan possible! Thanks for reading and please share this blog post with anyone you feel might find it useful!

Higher Credit Scores = Lower Interest Rates

Whether you want to buy a house, a condo or a piece of property to build your dream house on, good credit will get you the loan you need at the lowest interest rate possible.

But even if you have a bad credit score from unexpected life situations that couldn’t be helped, there are still lots of things you can do to improve your score

1. Find out your free credit score

You’ll need a score of 660 or higher in order to qualify for most mortgages, but shoot for a credit score of 720 or above to get the best interest rates, which are 1-2 percentage points lower. A few percentage points may not seem significant, but they translate into thousands of dollars difference on your loan.

If you had a $300,000 mortgage for 30 years, the difference in rates could add up to $100,000 in interest. That’s a huge difference that you could save on if you had a better credit score!

2. Check your free credit report card

Pay close attention to your credit card utilization and payment history, which each account for a large portion of your credit score. Your derogatory marks is also worth your time, since an account in collections will really hurt your overall score.

3. Fix it!

If you have a large amount of debt, make an effort to pay it off. Decreasing your credit card utilization by paying down credit charges is a great way to help improve your credit score.

If you have any derogatory marks that you don’t recognize, pull your full, free credit report from Annual Credit Report and investigate. If you find something that’s not yours, get it removed.

4. Wait for it…

Your credit won’t be fixed over night, but by taking a proactive approach to fixing your credit, you can expect to see improvements in six to twelve months. In the meantime, hold off on new credit cards or loans, since the hard inquiries that come with that will ding your credit score.

You can also spend the time researching what kind of mortgage you want. I can help you with this – I can guide you through this process and help you find rates for different mortgages and a mortgage affordability calculator to see how much you can afford.

Taking the steps to improve your credit score can help you will save tens of thousands of dollars with a lower interest rate. Contact me for more details on how you can find and secure the home of your dreams. I’m here to answer all your questions and to help you get on the right track to buying or selling your home!

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We will always be available for personal service by phone or email, so feel free to contact us with questions any time! My offices are located on 2326 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral, FL 33990. You can reach me at 239-425-2503 or email me at Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com and you can visit my website at www.BobAshworth.com.

Sincerely,
Bob Ashworth

Better your Credit Score

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If you’re looking to buy a home or condo in the Southwest Florida area in the near future, you’ve come to the right place! My pledge to you as a home, land or condo buyer is to work with you to identify your wants and needs, and then work to fit those within your budget. I will never try to sell you a property, I will help you buy one; the one that is right for you and your budget. I’m always looking for way to help my clients prepare for their new purchase. Below are some useful tips I recently came across on how to better your credit score so you can get the best home loan possible!

How To Improve Your Credit Score

The 411 on how to improve your credit score

If you’re asking yourself how to improve your credit score, you’ve already taken the first step. It means you understand that, while you may not be able to improve your credit score overnight, learning how to improve your credit score is very important.Everyone’s situation is unique. But no matter who you are, there are a few things you should pay attention to when trying to improve your credit score.

Tips for healthy credit

Be a better credit manager

Getting better at managing your credit could not only improve your credit score, it can save you hundreds of dollars, if not thousands, down the road. And it isn’t hard to do. It just takes time, discipline and a little knowledge about the credit scoring system.

Don’t be late

Late payments, collection notices, and bankruptcies have the greatest negative effect on your credit score. That’s why one way to improve your credit score is by paying your bills on time.

Keep balances as low as possible

Your credit balances shouldn’t be more than 35% of your available credit limits. For example, if you have one credit card with a $2,000 limit and you want to improve your credit score, keep your balance under $700.

Put time on your side

The longer you can prove you have maintained good credit, the better. One way to improve your credit score is to establish a long history of paying your bills on time and using credit responsibly. If you keep the oldest account on your credit report open, that can demonstrate a longer period of active credit use.

Avoid excessive credit checks

Every time you apply for a new credit product, an inquiry into your credit is made. If creditors or lenders see a high number of inquiries over a short period of time, they may think you are taking on more debt than you can handle. So, while establishing credit history is an important part of learning how to improve your credit, make sure to apply for new credit in moderation.

Click here to read more on the TransUnion website.

We invite you to like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and connect with us on linkedin. We hope that you find our website to be a great source of information and visit often. Whether you are looking for Homes for SaleMoving Resources, or even Mortgage Information everything you need is right here.

We will always be available for personal service by phone or email, so feel free to contact us with questions any time! My offices are located on 2326 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral, FL 33990. You can reach me at  239-425-2503 or email me at Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com and you can visit my website at www.BobAshworth.com.

Sincerely,
Bob Ashworth

The Market is Changing!

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Buyers who have been waiting on the sidelines for home or condo purchases in SW Florida should wait no longer. The median price of all single family homes in Cape Coral sold during the month of January 2012 rose 33% since January 2011 from $89,525 to $119,000 in January 2012. Condo values appear to have bottomed out and are showing signs of pressure towards higher prices. The unprecedented value at which homes and condos could be purchased for is slowing but surely slipping away as we lean towards a more normal market.

In addition, due in part to low prices and historically low interest rates, home affordability conditions have reached their highest level since record keeping began in 1970. Rarely do we see low prices and low rates at the same time. Buyers over the past 2 years have been able to solidify their financial futures in these tough economic times by purchasing a home at 1/2 it’s “true” value, while financing it at severely depressed rates saving them even more money monthly, and over the term of their mortgage.

Unfortunately qualifying for a home loan is more difficult today than it has been at almost anytime in the past, with the exception of when you were required to have a 20% down payment. Today it is so important to keep your credit clean, and to be able to document all income either through W2 and or pay stubs if employed or with copies of your tax return, 2 years please!, if self employed.

We invite you to like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and connect with us on linkedin. We hope that you find our website to be a great source of information and visit often. Whether you are looking for Homes for SaleMoving Resources, or even Mortgage Information everything you need is right here.

We will always be available for personal service by phone or email, so feel free to contact us with questions any time! My offices are located on 2326 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral, FL 33990. You can reach me at 239-425-2503 or email me at Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com and you can visit my website at www.BobAshworth.com.

Sincerely,
Bob Ashworth