Before I reveal to you “whats a good credit score” you need to know that all 3 credit bureaus have a credit score for you and they will usually vary 10 to 40 points depending upon the number of bad credit items that are on each specific credit report.
Why does each credit bureau have different scores for you? Because not all creditors report to all 3 credit bureaus; therefore, you may have more bad credit items on a report than the other two, thus the report with the most bad credit items on it will have the lowest score.
Most mortgage lenders look at what is known as the Fair Isaac or FICO Score. A FICO score can range from 300 (very bad) to 850 (very good). The median is 723, according to Fair Isaac statistics. Recently, the 3 main credit bureaus, Experian, TransUnion and Equifax have developed their own combined score to compete with lenders that use the FICO score and they are trying to encourage lenders to use their new scoring system that they call the “Vantage Score”. It ranges from 500 (very bad) to 990 (very best) and like the FICO score it is based on the review of all 3 credit bureau scores along with their own proprietary formula.
So whats a good credit score?
The bottom line to having a good credit score irregardless of whether it is an Experian, TransUnion, Equifax, FICO or Vantage score is – the more “bad credit” items that you have reported on your 3 credit bureau credit reports the lower your credit score will be on your FICO and or Vantage score. It is that simple.