By Matt Allen
Vice President, Portfolio Lending (NMLS #415037)

Credit Scores for First-Time Home Buyers

Sep 20, 2019

  • First-Time Home Buyer

Buying your first home is an exciting time for you and your family. Plenty of decisions need to be made, and it's easy to get caught up in the moment. Before finding the right home for you, reviewing finances, including your credit score, is essential.

Your credit score doesn’t only affect your ability to be approved for a loan. The interest rate and other factors can be affected by your FICO score.

Ways to Improve Your Credit Score

The first thing to do is to get a copy of your credit report. You can receive a free copy once a year from any of the credit bureaus. Go to to request your report from TransUnion, Equifax, or Experian. Once you receive your report, review it for errors or missing information. If you find any inaccuracies, file a dispute with the credit reporting agency. 

Paying down your credit card and/or loan balances may affect your credit score.  

Late payments on loans and credit cards can lower your credit score, and late or missing payments are kept on record for seven years. The impact on your score reduces over time. Consider setting up automatic payments to ensure creditors receive payment by their due date.

In the months before applying for your mortgage loan, be aware that new credit applications and/or inquiries in your credit report can affect your credit score. Opening new credit or closing accounts can also impact your credit utilization ratio and credit score.

Working on improving your credit score takes time. Be patient, and know that your efforts can pay off. If you want more information on mortgage loan options, NASB is here to help. Our experts can be reached at 855-465-0753, or you can download our NASB eBook, So You’re Thinking of Buying Your First Home? 

NASB does not provide credit counseling advice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, credit counseling advice. You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction.