Credit Score Information For Kentucky Home buyers

Credit Scores are important for getting approved for a Mortgage in Kentucky.

Credit Scores are important for getting approved for a Mortgage in Kentucky.

Credit Score Requirements for FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Loans in Kentucky
Credit Score Requirements for FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Loans in Kentucky


Below I have spelled out some info that will help you out when you look at your credit scores and what affects them and what you can do to help your credit scores in order to prepare for a mortgage loan approval when it comes to your credit scores.

  1. Opting out will help a credit score.
    No it won’t. The bureaus don’t know if someone has opted out or not and it’s not factored into the credit scores. If someone’s score improves after they have opted out it’s because something else has changed on the report but not because they opted out.
  2. Paying off old delinquencies will remove them from your credit report.
    No a collection account or an account with late payments will stay on a credit report for 7 years. That being said, the credit bureaus will occasionally go in and remove old collections that have not reported for a while. But that’s at their discretion. Just because you paid if off doesn’t mean it will be removed. Also paying off an older collection with then brings the reporting date current which could actually hurt the credit scores.
  3. All rate shopping inquiries are the same.
    If you are rate shopping for a mortgage or auto, all inquiries with Trans Union and Equifax have a 45 day window. For Experian however it’s only 15 days. For revolving inquiries there is no “shopping” period. All those inquiries are counted no matter what the time frame is.
  4. Opening new accounts will help your credit score.
    This will help only if the borrower has no established credit yet. Once you have several accounts, opening new ones will actually have a negative affect on a credit score until substantial history is accumulated on the account.
  5. Paying off all your revolving balances is a good thing!
    Actually no it’s not. The credit bureaus models like to see at least one revolving balance, even if it’s small. Having no revolving balances can actually have a negative impact on a credit score. So always keeping one account with a small balance is a very good idea.
  6. Your credit is affected by how much money you have in your savings or checking accounts.
    Neither of these are factored into a credit score.
  7. Closing old accounts will help a credit score.
    The credit scoring models like to see several open accounts that have zero balances and are not used often. When an account is closed you lose that history. If it’s an account you’ve had for a long time and has no late payments, closing it can actual hurt the credit score. Having several open accounts, even if they are not used much, makes it look like a person has good financial responsibility.
  8. When I check my own credit score it’s the same one used by lenders.
    Unfortunately no it’s not. A person actually has 69+ different credit scores. The ones that lenders use are completely different than what a borrower sees when they get their own scores. Those are personal scores and are not used by any industry for any reason.
  9. Checking my own credit report will hurt my score.
    When a consumer checks their own credit report it’s a “soft” inquiry and will not impact the scores. Only “hard” inquiries done by creditors when a consumer applies for a loan or credit card will possibly have a negative affect on a credit score.

It’s  possible to avoid paying for your credit score or at least an estimate. Here is a list of all of the well-known ways to get a FICO score or score estimate for free:

Free FICO credit scores:

For free estimates of your credit score estimates and credit monitoring:

Also see the Wikipedia page on free credit report websites.

Credit cards (no annual fee) that offer a free FICO score with their monthly statement or online:

  • Amazon Synchrony Store Card (TransUnion, FICO-08)
  • American Express (Experian, FICO-08)
  • Bank of America Cards (TransUnion, FICO-08)
  • Barclaycards including the Sallie Mae Mastercard (TransUnion, FICO)
  • Branded Citibank cards (Equifax, FICO-08)
  • Chase Slate (Experian, FICO)
  • Discover cards (Transunion, FICO-08)
  • FNBO Cards (Experian, FICO-08 Bankcard)
  • Walmart Store Card (TransUnion, FICO)
  • Wells Fargo Cards (FICO)

Deposit accounts that offer a free FICO score with their monthly statement:

  • Digital Credit Union (EQ-05: Mortgage Score)

Credit cards (no annual fee) that offer a free estimated credit score online:

  • Capital One credit cards (TransUnion, VantageScore 3.0)

Note that score ranges vary between FICO scores and other scores:

  • FICO: 300 to 850 (used in 85-90% of credit decisions)
  • VantageScore (used in 10-15% of credit decisions)
    • VantageScore pre-3.0: 501 to 990
    • VantageScore 3.0: 300 to 850
  • TransUnion New Account Score: 300 to 850 (score estimate)
  • Equifax: 280 to 850 (score estimate)
  • Experian: 330 to 830 (score estimate)

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10602 Timberwood Circle Suite 3
Louisville, KY 40223
Company ID #1364 | MB73346

Text/call 502-905-3708
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What factors influence how long it takes to repair your credit?

When a new client comes into our office to first go over their credit repair plan, they always ask the question, “How long will it take to bring my score back up?”

Of course, it’s an important thing to know, but the answer has a lot to do with a multitude of factors. The good news is that you can control most of these factors by employing a responsible and effective credit repair with Blue Water Credit. Together, we can make sure that we bring your FICO to top form as quickly as possible!

Before we dig into these factors, let’s take a look at what we do know for sure. According to Vantage Score, here are some general timelines for how long it typically takes to improve your credit score after certain events or items report. Of course, individual cases may vary.


Applying for new credit

Average recovery time: 3 months

Negative impact on your credit score: Light


Closing an existing account

Average recovery time: 3 months

Negative impact on your credit score: Light


Maxing out your credit card

Average recovery time: 3 months

Negative impact on your credit score: Medium


Missing payments/defaulting

Average recovery time: 18 months

Negative impact on your credit score: Heavy


Chapter 7 or 11 Bankruptcy

Average recovery time: 6-7 years

Negative impact on your credit score: Heavy


Here are some factors that help determine the timeframe for credit repair:


  1. The severity of the damage

Of course, different negative items that hit your credit report hold different weight, lowering your score accordingly. For instance, one late payment on a credit card will ding your score far less than a collection, foreclosure, or bankruptcy. The bigger the damage to your score, the longer it may take to bring it back up to your previous high.


  1. How you handle your credit repair (and WHO is handling it!)

Fixing your credit is all based on disputing negative items, duplicates, incorrect information, mistakes, and anything else that’s acting like an anchor. The process involves writing and submitting formal dispute letters, and you have to do that with each of the credit bureaus for each negative item you want to flag. Once those disputes are registered, the credit bureaus are mandated to get back to you within a certain timeframe, either with evidence that the credit item is accurate, or to remove it. Therefore, you need to be incredibly organized, diligent, and persistent when handling your credit repair in order for it to move as quickly and efficiently as possible. Too many people try to do it on their own, only to fall off very quickly and see no progress (or even hurt their credit more!) Using a reputable and established credit repair company like Blue Water Credit is the best path to a better credit score!


  1. How many accounts you need to repair

If you have one negative account on your report, you’ll probably be able to repair your credit and improve your score much faster than if you have two, five, or even ten negative items to dispute. Not only is it more work, but we may have to resubmit dispute letters more than once for some accounts, which stretches out the timeline.


  1. Your credit score when you start

The higher your score when the negative reporting hits, the more difficult it is to recover, and therefore takes longer.) FICO offers some useful information regarding how long it may take to rebuild your credit score based on where it started:


Late payment on mortgage

Starting score:

780 FICO 3-7 years

720 FICO 3 years

680 FICO 9 months


Short sale of home

Starting score:

780 FICO 7 years

720 FICO 7 years

680 FICO 3 years


Foreclosing on home

Starting score:

780 FICO 7 years

720 FICO 7 years

680 FICO 3 years


Chapter 7 or 11 Bankruptcy

Starting score:

780 FICO 7 to 10 years

720 FICO 7 to 10 years

680 FICO 5 years


  1. Doing everything right during the process

You may think it goes without saying, but you’ll have to make manage your credit correctly during the repair process to avoid adding any other black marks on your report. For instance, you should pay all of your payments on time without fail and avoid maxing out credit cards or opening new accounts that may hurt you. Why is this so important? These days, identity theft, data hacks, and financial fraud affects about one out of every seven people, so you’ll want to monitor your credit and protect your score from sinking like a stone because of foul play.


  1. Your ability (and desire) to pay down debt

Your credit utilization makes up about 30% of your FICO score, which is just the ratio of debt you owe versus your total available balance (second only to payment history at 35%). So, you should pay down your credit cards and revolving accounts, optimally to about 10% of your total balance if you want to improve your score (but at least below 30%). However, be careful not to pay off certain accounts completely, close older accounts that are helping you, or pay off collections – all of which will hurt your score.


  1. Adding new positive tradelines

When we open some credit files, we see that consumers actually need more credit. Keeping a good mix of revolving, installment, and mortgage debts accounts for about 10% of your score, so we will advise you what you need to optimize that factor and improve your score as quickly as possible. Additionally, some people who have seen their score bottom out need to add new accounts using secured credit cards just to get started and become creditworthy again.

More Information below about Credit Scores and Qualifying for a Mortgage Loan in Kentucky below:


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I can answer your questions and usually get you pre-approved the same day. 

Call or Text me at 502-905-3708 with your mortgage questions.

Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior  Loan Officer
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle Suite 3
Louisville, KY 40223
Company ID #1364 | MB73346

Text/call 502-905-3708

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FHA changes may aid those who lost homes

FHA changes may aid those who lost homes.

Kentucky FHA changes may aid those who lost homes

The Federal Housing Authority has shortened the mandatory waiting periods for an Kentucky  FHA-insured mortgage loan for those who have undergone foreclosure, deed-in-lieu, taken a short sale or declared bankruptcy during the economic recession.


Through its new program, Back to Work—Extenuating Circumstances, the waiting period for most borrowers is now just 12 months instead of the typical three, seven or 10 years. Both first-time and repeat home-buyers can apply. “Most people do not know this program has been released, and are only renting because

If you feel like you qualify for this and live in Kentucky, please call or email me with your questions and I would be glad to see if you qualify for the new Kentucky FHA Program for free.


Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior  Loan Officer
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
 800 Stone Creek Pkwy, Ste 7,
Louisville, KY 40223
((502) 905-3708 |

FHA changes may aid those who lost homes