For people who are looking to build their credit scores in a quick and easy manner so that they can be eligible for mortgage loans at pretty low interest rates, the best place for them to turn their attention to is credit cards.
The mortgage industry places much emphasizes on an individual’s credit records. And quite rightly so, judging from the fact that mortgage loans are offered to borrowers for a long duration of time at interest rates that are significantly lower than the interest rates of other forms of bank loans.
The mortgage lender definitely needs to know if the borrower would not walk away from his or her obligation to repay the loan thereby causing severe financial consequences to the financial institution that initiated the loan.
As has been the practice in the mortgage industry, mortgage lenders will take a critical look at a borrower’s financial records including the credit score of the person and then decide whether the application for a mortgage loan will be granted with special conditions attached, rejected or approved at the normal rate.
When the lender decides to grant the potential borrower the home loan on condition that the borrower accepts certain modifications to the loan, the lender is only asking the borrower to accept a higher interest rate than the industry’s average. For example, today’s average interest rate as determined by the National Association of Mortgage Bankers stands at 4%.
A borrower with an unsatisfactory credit score will not benefit from this rate. The mortgage lender will also require either a high down payment or mortgage insurance before the loan is approved.
If on the other hand, the borrower’s credit score is far lower than what the lender will consider as a comfortable but risky level, the mortgage lender will have no other option than to deny the application for the home loan.
The mortgage process has been designed to reward the hard work of people who do their best to pay all their bills and debts on time. For these people, their credit score will earn them a low interest rate from their mortgage lenders. They are even in a favorable position to negotiate with their lenders for better terms on their mortgage loans.
For this reason, potential borrowers whose credit score is not sufficient enough to get them better terms on a mortgage loan should work on improving their score rather than settling for higher mortgage terms which could eventually lead to default and then foreclosure.
A quick and effective strategy to get your credit score moving towards the green line is to use your credit card more often and most importantly, to settle your credit card debt as promptly as possible (repaying your debts accounts for a 35% stake in calculating your credit score). The advantage here is that, credit card companies report directly to the credit bureaus and as your credit information will frequently be sent to the bureau, your score will be updated regularly.