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Quest for the Perfect 850 Score
Quest for the Perfect 850 Score
on October 11, 2010
Some analysts claim that an 850 credit score provides fewer lending options than an 820, since lenders know they will make almost nothing off of someone with perfect credit. Still, most of us would choose the 850 and just take our chances, since great credit can open so many doors for us. So the obvious question is, how can I get a perfect 850 credit score?
For starters, you need to understand what the general
components of credit scoring
are. By examining each of these components, you may discover that the individual
risk score factors
that make up each component can be targeted individually to make sure that you are receiving maximum scoring points for each factor. Here are some of the most important factors to focus on:
is responsible for 35% of credit scoring inputs, this component carries the most weight. These risk factors are
level of delinquency on accounts
number of accounts with delinquency
too few accounts currently paid as agreed
, (factor 27 for TransUnion)
length of time since derogatory public record or collection is too short
serious delinquency, derogatory public record or collection filed
serious delinquency and public record or collection filed
derogatory public record or collection filed
If you have any of the above risk factors, you can forget about an 850 until that negative payment history drops off of your credit report. A perfect payment history means that you have zero missed payments over a very lengthy reporting period on multiple accounts. An 850 may be impossible if you do not have a perfect payment history on multiple major credit accounts over a period of more than 20 years.
You may notice that factors 22, 38, 39 and 40 are very similar. It is possible that one defaulted debt can trigger multiple risk factors, thereby compounding the impact on your credit score.
hold a 30% share of credit scoring importance. Unlike payment history, this component is temporary in nature. You can make massive gains in your credit score if maxed out accounts are suddenly paid in full.
These are individual risk factors that can cause you to lose points due to balances:
amount owed on accounts is too high
too many accounts with balances
proportion of balances to credit limits is too high on revolving accounts
amount owed on revolving accounts is too high
amount past due on accounts
number of bank or national revolving accounts with balances
proportion of loan balances to loan amounts is too high
amount owed on delinquent accounts
, (factor 31 for TransUnion)
Most of these risk factors have to do with your
credit utilization ratio
, which measures the percentage of debt balances to your total credit limits. While this ratio is more important on revolving accounts, it has a similar impact from installment accounts.
length of account history
comprises 15% of credit scoring. Long-term credit relationships are highly rewarded. The most important risk factors include 12 (
length of revolving credit history is too short
), and 14 (
length of credit history is too short
). Your oldest open accounts are your greatest credit builders.
Several risk factors deal with
, which is 10% of credit scoring. Most have to do with multiple recent inquiries (8 -
too many recent inquiries in the last 12 months
) or recently opened accounts (9 -
too many accounts recently opened
). Risk factor 7 (
account payment history too new to rate
) can cause you to be unscored altogether.
Credit scoring formulas also dedicate 10% of the formula to a
mix of accounts
. While this may sound unimportant, it is important for prospective lenders to see that you can handle multiple types of accounts. If you have
too many bank revolving accounts
, your scores could be affected negatively. If you have
no recent non-mortgage balance information
, your ability to handle a new revolving credit account is less than certain. If you rely too heavily on
consumer finance companies
for loans, then you could be losing points to risk factor 6.
You may note that while not all of the
credit bureau risk factors
have been featured above, each does influence your credit scores to some degree. The weight that each scoring factor has in credit scoring formulas is a secret, and neither Fair Isaac Corporation or the three main consumer credit bureaus are willing to share this information. This unknown makes it that much harder to obtain the magic 850 credit score.
Understand that while 850 might be the perfect score, anything over 780 is generally considered to be perfect credit. Once you have achieved at least a 780 score with all three credit bureaus, you can consider yourself a holder of the FICO Holy Grail.
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