My credit score – What is that? In case you are unfamiliar with it, here is the basic definition: “a number lenders assign to you to show how risky of a borrower you are.”
The number is usually between 300 and 850, and the higher the better. Lower numbers hurt you because you may be denied a loan or you may get a higher interest rate. Having a high number is important, especially if you are thinking of buying a house someday.
The numbers are reported by three primary
agencies: Equifax, Experian, and Transunion. Equifax and Transunion use the
Fair, Isaac and Company method of scoring your credit, which is why your credit
score is sometimes referred to as your FICO score.
What Determines Your Score?
First, your payment history makes up about 35%. Put simply, this is whether you made your bill payments on time. Please note, this includes whether you made your past credit card payments on time.
Next, the amount of money that you owe determines 30%. Other smaller factors include “new credit” (newly opened accounts—you do not want to have too many), what kinds of credit you have, and the length of your credit history.