Did you know that March is National Credit Education Month? Many times people don’t pay enough attention to their credit until they want to make a big investment, such as purchasing a home or a car.
The only problem with not paying attention to your credit score regularly is that it’s not something that’s a quick fix, so if you wait until you want to make a large purchase and your credit score is lower than what it needs to be, you take the risk of delaying the process.
This is why learning about your credit score and working to raise it on a regular basis is so important, especially if you have the goal of investing in commercial real estate.
Similar to that of a regular real estate purchase, such as a single family home, your credit will help determine the loan amount that you qualify for and what kind of interest rate you receive.
To help you understand the ins and outs of your credit score, in this blog we’ll be covering what qualifies as good credit, how to repair bad credit and what role your credit plays in commercial real estate investing.
You probably already know that your credit score is made up of three little numbers that can make or break a lot of things for you in life, such as whether or not you can buy a car, a house, obtain a credit card or be approved for any type of loan.
The number ranges from 300-850 and it’s calculated by three major components, including your payment history, the amount of debt you have and the length of your credit history.
There are different scoring models that may take other information into consideration, but generally speaking, here’s the ranking:
The goal is to get your credit score as high as possible so that it falls into the “very good” or “excellent” range.
With that said, as long as your score is 670 and above, borrowers will typically qualify you as lower-risk and you can still be granted what you’re needing.
Anything below 670 usually shows a red flag for lenders and it may be harder to receive the loan that you’re seeking.
If you find that your credit score is falling below the “good” category, there are a few things you can do to repair your credit and get those numbers rising.
One of the first things you’ll want to do is run a credit report. This will show you everything that is impacting your credit and could even help you identify any errors that might be negatively affecting your score.
If there are no errors, this report will allow you to see exactly where you need to focus in order to get your score on the rise.
Once you know all of the things that are affecting your score, you want to work hard to get the amount that you owe down and usually one of the best ways to do that is to pay off your credit cards.
Credit card debt has a huge impact on your credit score, especially if you’re using a large portion of your available credit. The faster you can get your credit card debt down, the faster you’ll see your score start to rise.
In addition to paying down your credit card debt, you also want to pay your bills on time, every time! This directly impacts your credit because your payment history accounts for 35% of your score.
This is why it’s so important to set up an auto pay or create some sort of automation for yourself so that you never miss a payment and take the risk of lowering your score.
Aside from paying down your debts and paying your bills on time, you also want to consider how often you’re applying for new credit. Many people don’t realize that when you apply for a credit card, attempt to buy a car or even get pre-approved for a home purchase, these are all hard inquiries on your credit.
A hard inquiry is a necessary step from lenders to pull your credit report to evaluate your creditworthiness, but it can also drop your score 5-10 points. Not only that, but it can stay on your report for two years, which means it will have a lasting effect on your credit as a whole.
Now that you know what qualifies good credit and how to repair bad credit, let’s get into how your credit score impacts your ability to invest in commercial real estate.
You might be wondering why your personal credit matters when it comes to investing and the short answer is because your credit essentially tells somehow how creditworthy you are.
And all that means is your credit helps a lender see what kind of reputation you have when it comes to paying back loans.
You see, when you’re investing in commercial real estate, it’s rare that you’re going to have the amount you need to invest sitting in your bank account. Instead, you’re probably going to need some sort of loan so that you can invest a certain amount and eventually receive an ROI.
And while it’s true that the overall financing process is easier when it comes to commercial real estate, due to the fact that these properties are viewed as less risky by banks, you as the borrower still need to meet certain qualifications – and your credit is one of them!
If you have a score that’s on the lower end, your first step is working to raise it to at least 680 or above, so that you can easily get into the commercial real estate game without having to fight high interest rates on your loans.
Overall, your credit matters for so many things in life, including commercial real estate investing, so it’s best to keep an eye on your score on a regular basis and consistently work to keep it in the “very good” or “excellent” range!
– The XSITE Capital Team
P.S. If you have a solid credit score and are looking to get involved with commercial real estate investing, we invite you to join our XSITE Capital Investors Club!