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Common Credit Score Questions When Getting A Mortgage In 2019

While some radio commercials lead borrowers to believe that “your job is your credit”, when it comes to a mortgage, the borrower’s credit score can be the make or break factor in qualifying for the loan. It can also dramatically affect the interest rate, as well as, the variety of mortgage programs that are available to a borrower. So it makes sense that this is a common topic where borrowers need info.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about credit scores that we’ve heard:

Can paying off loans temporarily decrease my credit score?

There are a lot of other factors that contribute to your credit score, but paying off loans should not materially lower your FICO score long term. However, there can be a temporary dip in your FICO score.

If my relative was originally on my mortgage, how can I put my name on it so I can begin building good credit?

If you want to take your relative off of the mortgage, you would just need to refinance. Provided your credit and income qualifies, it should be a straightforward process for you to remain on.


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