Credit Score Under 740? Prepare To Overpay On Your Mortgage.

November 1, 2011 - 2 min read

Most people know that low credit scores influence the mortgage rates for which they’re eligible. With lower scores come higher rates.

What most people don't know, though, is that low-FICO families pay more closing costs, too.

Today, low credit scores are more punitive than ever.

Low Credit Scores = FICO Under 740

In today’s conforming mortgage world, unless your credit scores are 740 or better, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can subject you to higher mortgage rates, higher loan costs, or both.

740 FICOs are a high hurdle for most households.

I penned a piece for TruliaPro on the topic. It’s titled “Better Rates Start With Better FICO Scores”. An excerpt :

To mortgage lenders, your credit score represents your likelihood of making on-time mortgage payments for the next 90 days. “90 days” matters because, after 90 days without payments, a homeowner falls into default.

Like most else in finance, those with the lowest risks get to pay the lowest rates.

The article comes with a free download, too.

Get Better Mortgage Rates

The good thing about mortgage rates is that they’re relative. With mortgage rates as low are they are today, below-average credit scores don’t feel like they do as much damage.

Today’s mortgage rates are rock-bottom. Regardless of your FICO, it’s a good time to look at a refinance. With the money you might save each month, there are few reasons not to.


Dan Green
Authored By: Dan Green

The Mortgage Reports contributor

Dan Green is an expert on topics of money and mortgage. With over 15 years writing for a consumer audience on personal finance topics, Dan has been featured in The Washington Post, MarketWatch, Bloomberg, and others.