Improve Your Credit Score Before Buying

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These days would-be homebuyers – particularly first-time buyers – need all the help they can get in today’s market. Trulia offers five suggestions for improving your credit before applying for a mortgage:

    >Pay your bills – ON TIME: There is no surer way to harm your credit than to be consistently late on paying your bills. Make this a priority!
  • Check your credit score: How can you improve your credit score if you don’t know what it is. Go to Annual Credit Report to find out.
  • Become an authorized user: Make sure the primary cardholder reports you to the credit bureaus as an authorized user and has good credit.
  • Get a secured credit card: An excellent way to build a credit score and to learn how to use a credit card. Make sure the issuer reports to the credit bureaus. You won’t use this forever but it’s a good way to begin.
  • Start with a credit-builder loan: Start building a credit history. Make your payments, improve your score.

HOA Payments and Credit Scores

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Equifax, one of the three major credit-reporting agencies, will begin receiving HOA payment informationand account status as early as October, which will then be used in credit score analysis. The Community Association Institute estimates that there are 333,000 community associations nationwide which collect some $70 billion per year.

By collecting information on HOA payments, the national credit-reporting agencies will raise these payments to the same level of importance as auto loans, credit card payments, and, of course, home loans.

The agencies believe this will “provide additional insight” into a consumer’s financial behavior.