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FutureStarrWhats a good credit score
There are a lot of different credit scores, and many are confusing to even experts. Let's take a look at the different credit scores out there. You'll learn what a good credit score is and how it's calculated. Then try guessing your score out of 100.Editorial Note: Credit Karma receives compensation from third-party advertisers, but that doesn’t affect our editors’ opinions. Our third-party advertisers don’t review, approve or endorse our editorial content. It’s accurate to the best of our knowledge when posted.
Credit scores are one piece of the puzzle that lenders look at to determine whether or not to lend to you. A good credit score can help you get access to a greater variety of loan offers. And if a lender approves your application for credit, a good or excellent credit score can help you qualify for lower interest rates and better terms.Having a good score doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be approved for credit or get the lowest interest rates though, as lenders consider other factors, too. But understanding your credit scores could help you decide which offers to apply for — or how to work on your credit before applying.
There are many different credit-scoring models, and each one uses a unique formula to calculate credit scores based on the information in your credit reports. Even the best-known credit-scoring companies, FICO and VantageScore, have multiple credit-scoring models that produce different scores. (Credit Karma offers free VantageScore 3.0 credit scores from Equifax and TransUnion.) Be aware of potential fees and higher interest rates with credit-building products. And make sure the issuer or lender reports to the three major consumer credit bureaus — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — so that important actions, like when you make on-time payments, can contribute to your scores. (Source:www.creditkarma.com)
Keep in mind that perfect credit scores may not be necessary to qualify for great rates on loans and mortgages. Once you’re in the “very good to excellent” range, you likely won’t see much of a difference in terms of interest rate offers from, say, a 790 to an 840. Moving from a 650 to a 700 will likely have a more significant impact, which is why the general credit score ranges are important benchmarks to consider.
Pay in full. Keeping your credit card balances low can not only save you money on interest, but can also help keep your credit utilization rate down. Your credit utilization rate is how much of your available credit you’re using. A good rule of thumb is to keep it below 30% of your total credit limit.(Source:www.creditkarma.com)