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How credit scores have an impact on a mortgage

Helping explain concepts to clients

One core value of practicing real estate is knowing as much about the home buying and selling process as possible and helping consumers to understand the process along with you.

Sometimes we discuss what seems to be simple concepts to our clients but it just doesn’t ring a bell which is when a handy infographic can help, especially on your blog as your leading prospecting tool.

A simple concept that can trip up some buyers is understanding how credit affects their buying power, so here it is, illustrated in all of its colorful glory (click to enlarge):

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  1. Jeff Belonger

    March 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I think the above chart is very misleading and a disgrace. Okay, so they have a disclaimer stating that the information regarding the difference in rate was gathered from their lending partners. Well, either the people they spoke to at the mortgage companies have NO CLUE, or the person gathering the information didn’t listen correctly. And what ticks me off about information like this? The average client then thinks there is NO HOPE. Yes, you need better credit scores… but it’s not like the end of the world or that you need 700 + credit scores…

    Two things that jump out… first off, the pricing penalty matrix only goes up to 740 +… you have the same penalty if you had a 740 credit score or if you had a 760 credit score. And this is a Fannie Mae guideline across the board.

    Secondly, if I compare a 620 to a 740 score, there is only a difference in interest of a 1/2 percent to 5/8 of a percent… not a full percent as they described.

    This kind of garbage ticks me off because it paints a very bad image. Besides, this example tells nothing about the LTV or the down payment. It just gives a loan amount and the state. It actually costs a half of a point less when putting 5% down compared to putting down 19.99 percent. If you put 20% down, it still costs 1/4 point more in fees than if you put 5% down.

    Overall… I just have a problem when this information is not even close. I understand the genaric statement, that if your credit score is lower, that it could cost you more. But let’s be correct in the numbers when comparing.

  2. MH for Movoto

    March 24, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    LOVE the graphics. Who knew credit could be so cute, right?

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