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Study Reveals a Home Loan Pushes Lower Credit Score

Effects of Mortgage On Credit Score

The duration over which your credit scores has to go till it hits the bottom is over 5 months and climbing back up is about that same period. Taking out a new loan or credit card while you still have low score could cause you to pay back at a higher interest as compared with what you would pay if you wait till the number climbs up.

The effect of a mortgage on your credit score can be very drastic. If you wait till your score is sufficiently good enough to make you qualified to get a home loan, that purchase will, in turn, cause your number to go down. According to LendingTree’s newly released study, the drop on an average is 15 points even though the score slide of some consumers can be as high as 40 points.

Taking a loan when you still have a mortgage to pay can cause your credit score to drop by at least 15 points

According to LendingTree’s chief economist, Tendayi Kapfidze, having high utilization on your credit cards or any other credit line and going ahead to take a mortgage which is relatively large compared to both your income and your credit history can lead to more significant decline.

Study’s Focus

The study took into consideration credit scores of over 5,000 consumers that took out mortgages in the year 2015 and also 2016. On the average, the credit scores spent an average of 160 days before falling to the lowest point following the house purchase. It also took another average of 160 days before it returned to the former levels bringing it to a total of almost 11 months.

The credit reporting firms, i.e. Experience, TransUnion and Equifax generally consider the total debt burden when they are calculating a person’s numbers. In addition, they consider the extent to which a person has been able to effectively manage debt in the past and that includes how soon you made the necessary payments.

On a general outlook, the higher a person’s score, the better the terms a person can get on a different range of debts. In essence, if the score reduces after you take out a mortgage, then you have to pay a higher interest rate in a car loan or a credit card. Kapfidze advises that when the credit score drops, people should wait before they take on additional credit obligations.

Among other things, credit reporting Firms consider the total debt burden when calculating the numbers

Cities With Fast Recovery Time

There are some cities that have fast recovery time for credit score after mortgages as compared with other cities. The average initial score in Richmond is 693 and the average decline in the credit score here is 13. In total, there are 266 days till recovery. Also, Minneapolis has a fast recovery. The average initial score here is 701 and the average decline in the credit score is 11. In total, there are 267 days till recovery in Minneapolis. Lastly, the average initial score in Salt Lake City is 704 and it has an average decline credit score of 15. In total, there are 272 days till recovery here.

The average initial score in Minneapolis is 701

It is pertinent to, however, note that the period of time it takes after settling on a mortgage before your lender goes ahead to inform the credit reporting firms can run into months. LendingTree reports that the credit scores are between 300 and 850 and scores higher than 700 is considered to be good or even excellent.

A person who has a fair credit score between the range of 580 and 669 will get to pay nearly $45,000 extra as interest all through their lifetime on credit cards and loans as compared to those consumers that have a good credit score which is 740 and above as indicated by a different research conducted by LendingTree.

Making Payment On Your Mortgage

The result of an Experian data that was released earlier in the year revealed that the on an average, the national mortgage debt comes in at $201,811. The research, however, found that some states have averages that are higher than that. For instance, Washington D.C’s average mortgage debt is $406,035 and that of California is $347,652. That translates to lots of debt added to the credit report.

However, if you consistently make payment on your mortgage and you don’t take on new debt then the credit score will recover. According to Kapfidze, the credit score will ultimately recover and perform better since the mortgages help the lender know that you are responsible as a borrower.

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