What's your score?
When I got into this business you needed good credit, three years on the job, ten percent down. It was pretty difficult to get a loan and banks had no way to judge who would get approved and who wouldn’t. They had basic standards by which to judge credit. Each company would approve you to their own standard. Ten years ago, credit scoring had little to do with mortgage lending. Lenders reviewed the creditworthiness of a borrower or an underwriter would make approvals based on past payment history. Things have sure changed over the years! Lenders studied the relationship between credit scores and mortgage delinquencies. There was a definite relationship. 1 out of 25 borrowers with credit scores below 550 had become 90 days delinquent at least once during their mortgage. On the other hand, only 1 out of every 1200 borrowers with credit scores above 780 became delinquent. Yes, a huge difference! So lenders began to take a closer look at credit scores and this is what they found out.