How to Order Free Credit Reports & Get FICO Scores

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By Elizabeth Weintraub. Home Buying/Selling Expert

Elizabeth Weintraub has an extensive background in real estate spanning more than 30 years, including experience in related industries such as title and escrow. She is a full-time broker-associate at Lyon Real Estate's midtown Sacramento office and is recognized as a top producer. She is also a Life Member of the Master's Club, an honor bestowed by the Sacramento Board of REALTORS®, and ranks in the top 1% of all the agents at Lyon Real Estate.

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Fee-based Credit Report Companies

You can obtain your FICO score online for a small fee, but it is not free. The company will send you a credit report and scores from three credit reporting

agencies. Typically lenders will throw out the top and bottom score and keep the middle score. Make sure you are receiving a genuine FICO score or NewGen score.

Each credit bureau has a different name for its FICO score. Equifax is Beacon. Experian is Experian / Fair Isaac Risk Model and TransUnion is Empirica. Everything else is an imposter.

The FICO score your lender gets and the FICO score you can order yourself will most likely be two different scores, do don't expect the score you receive to match. FICO scores range from 300, which is very bad, to 850, which is the very best.

At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, DRE # 00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.

Source: homebuying.about.com

Category: Credit

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