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CENTURY 21 Alliance Realty Group's Blog

Your Credit Score Might Have Just Gone Up

If you are thinking of buying a home, then one of the most important pieces of information to know is your credit score. A better score will allow you to qualify for a larger loan, as well as grant you access to better interest rates. The result is that a credit score increase could end up saving you thousands of dollars in interest payments over the course of your mortgage, regardless of if it is a new loan or an old one being refinanced! Thankfully, millions of American consumers have seen significant bumps in their score over the course of the last year as the major credit reporting agencies introduced new regulations in how they calculate credit scores. Keep reading to learn why you might want to double-check your score if you haven't done so in a while!

Co-Signing A Loan . . . What Can Go Wrong?

Have you been asked by someone to co-sign on their loan? Before saying yes, even if it is a close relative, you should be aware of the many potential consequences to your own financial situation which could result from the decision. Here are some facts that you should consider:

► As a co-signer, you are essentially taking the loan out yourself. You share in all the responsibilities that go along with the loan. The borrower couldn't get the loan without your "guarantee", so essentially the lender cares more about you than the other borrower. It directly affects your credit and your ability to qualify for your own loans during the period that the loan is outstanding. 

What to Expect from a Smoker's Home

Smoking has become less and less popular over the decades, with the CDC reporting that the proportion of U.S. adults who smoke dropped from 20.9% in 2005 to 15.5% in 2016. Still, that number means that around 38 million potential home sellers are active smokers. Those who do smoke might be interested in learning just how much it reduces the value of their home, while everyone else is likely interested in knowing how to eliminate the smell of cigarettes from their new abode. Realtor.com recently wrote about this topic, offering some useful advice on how to deal with a smoker's home.