What is a Credit Score?

credit score:

is a number generated by a mathematical formula that is meant to predict credit worthiness. The most common of the credit score standards is the FICO score created by Fair Isaac. The FICO score ranges from 300-850 and is intended as a predictor of whether or not you will be 90 days late on a loan obligation. Fair Isaac uses thousands of credit reports to calibrate the FICO scoring model and is very secretive of the exact formula.

Here is a percentage breakdown of a FICO score:

  • 35% – Payment History
  • 30% – Debt Ratio
  • 15% – Length of Credit History
  • 10% – Types of Credit
  • 10% – Number of Credit Inquiries

When you hire us, we will work on removing inaccurate, obsolete or unverifiable items from your payment history. We will also show you how to maximize your debt to ratio score, even if paying off credit cards is not an option. Our Company even has methods of increasing your credit history with positive rated accounts that will improve your score. We can also work on removing credit inquiries from your credit report. Most people are aware of the three credit reporting agencies TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian. The average difference in scores between the highest and lowest of your three FICO scores is 60 points. Why is there such a range in points? There can be little consistency on the items each bureau have on their report. These items may be correct, incorrect, or not reported in full compliance with Federal law.

According to the Government Accountability Office, 80-90% of credit reports have serious errors on them and this does not even include the more minute errors for which we look.

How can I find out my credit score?

Visit www.myfico.com and order a copy of your credit score.  This is not necessarily the same score that mortgage companies will use. Your can request your personal FICO score at www.myfico.com; this is a personal inquiry so it will not hurt your credit score.  Best Credit Rx cannot pull your credit score for you.

How can I get a free copy of my credit report?

By law, all consumers are entitled to a free copy of their credit report from each of the three credit bureaus once per year. Visit www.annualcreditreport.com to get your report for FREE. (This is for the credit report only and does not include the credit score.) For more information check out our Facebook page, Credit Education or ask us directly through our contact page.