Watch Your Card BalancesOne of the biggest things that you will want to watch is that you keep your credit card balances low. One of the major factors in determining your credit score is how much of that available credit you’re actually using. A good rule of thumb is the smaller the percentage the better, and an ideal percentage would be around 30% or lower. Another tip is to see if your credit card issuer will accept multiple payments throughout the month in order to get that statement balance down.
Consolidate Credit Card DebtIf you have multiple cards with small balances on each one, a good way that you can aim to improve your credit score is to get rid of those balances completely. An interesting factor that plays a role in determining your credit score is simply how many cards you have with balances.
Keep Your Credit Looking StrongTwo issues that can sink your credit or cause you to look risky are missing payments or suddenly paying less or charging more than you normally do. These actions can indicate risk in your accounts and could make it more challenging for your loan to go through. Essentially, you want every purchase to show that you are not going to be a risky investment and that you will pay the money back with timely payments.
Keep Accounts Open and Don’t Open New OnesDid you know that closing unused credit cards will not raise your score? In fact, in most cases, it can cause your utilization rate to dramatically increase. On the other hand, you don’t want to open many new accounts while you are in the process of raising your credit score as this could reduce your utilization rate and backfire on you. Just keep a slow and steady pace and know that every step you take in the right direction will help get you there.
Pay Bills On TimeWhen planning to purchase a home at Lake of the Ozarks, you may be saving up money, but don’t let that savings spree delay your monthly expenses. It’s important to continue to pay your bills on time, as paying them after the due date can affect your credit score. Remember that even if you have a large sum of money in savings, a drop in your credit score due to not paying your bills on time could cause issues with your home purchase.
In general, building your credit score is about fixing errors in your credit history and then maintaining a consistent, good credit history from there on out. Raising your credit score will take patience and discipline, but it will all be worth it when you get to buy a dream home at Lake of the Ozarks. If you're thinking about applying for a home loan at Lake of the Ozarks anytime soon, contact me at 573-746-7211. As your Lake of the Ozarks mortgage lender, I'll work with you every step of the way!
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