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What is a Good Credit Score?

Milad Hassibi December 27, 2018

In our day and age, it is nearly impossible to get access to the line of credit you need without a good credit score. However, many of us wonder, what is a good credit score? Is my credit score good enough?

Today we break down what most lenders may consider to be a “good” credit score, based on the FICO credit scoring model.

What is a good credit score?

Most financial institutions agree that having a credit score of 700 or above is generally considered to be “good credit”, although having a good credit score does not mean you will be approved for every line of credit.

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Credit score ranges

According to Experian, the FICO credit score ranges are as follows:

800-850: Exceptional credit score
740-799: Very Good
670-739: Good
580-669: Fair
300-579: Very Poor

The credit scoring models, FICO and VantageScore, both rely on a scale of 300-850 with 300 being the poorest credit score and 850 to be perfect credit. On average, most American consumers have a credit score between 600 and 750.

A healthy credit score is required by most lenders, including mortgage lenders, auto lenders, and more. Renting an apartment with a bad credit score can also be difficult since most landlords and property managers will run a credit check on applicants prior to them moving in.

Why credit scores matter

A credit score is a tool lenders can use to help them understand how likely you are to repay your loan principal and the corresponding interest. Essentially, a credit score helps a lender understand the level of “risk” you pose of defaulting.

Final Note

Although the definition of a good credit score can vary, most experts agree that a credit score of 700 or higher may be considered a good credit score. If you have less than perfect credit and don’t know where to go, CrediReady can help.

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