Do You Know Your Credit Score?


Written by: Mike Laquerre

If you’re like a lot of first-time home buyers you might be wondering, “What credit score do I need to buy a home?”

A credit score is a number assigned to a person that indicates to lenders their capacity to repay a loan. This number is based on your credit history and includes your past and current debts, missed or late payments to creditors, bankruptcies, tax liens, judgments, etc.

Your credit score number is used to determine how much of a credit risk you might be for the lending institution. Landlords use it to determine if you are more likely to be a person that will stop paying rent. Banks use it to determine how likely you are to default or run late with payments on your credit card.

You can order a copy of your individual credit report once per year for free. The report will contain information from the three main reporting bureaus: Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax. It is of the utmost importance that you know your credit score ahead of time before deciding whether it’s the right time to consider purchasing a home. You can order your free copy at

Home purchases revolve around credit scores because home loan eligibility is built on your creditworthiness. Excellent credit will provide you with access to all of the best loans, meaning lower interest rates.

So what exactly constitutes excellent, good and bad credit? The information below is not exact, but instead is listed here to give you a general idea of the score ranges and what the numbers are typically taken to mean by a creditor:

  • Excellent credit: 740 – 850
  • Good credit: 680 – 740
  • Acceptable: 620 – 680
  • Subprime: 550 – 620
  • Poor credit: 300 – 550

There isn’t a sign hovering over your head to indicate whether you have good or bad credit, but that, however, all changes the moment you choose to make a larger financial decision that will be dependent on credit. And nothing you do will be more dependent on your credit score than buying a home.

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