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Benefits of Excellent Credit: More Than Better Loan Rates

Here is what you need to know to build good credit for the first time.

My First Move
5 min readOct 30, 2020


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There is no other way to say it: Good credit is massively important.

An excellent credit history shows potential lenders that you’re likely to repay loans in full and on time, which can help you lock in better rates on mortgages and other financial products. Even more, the advantages of strong credit go far beyond receiving good rates on loans.

What is a good credit score, anyway?

It’s weird to say but there is no standard definition for goodcredit. FICO, Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax do not tell lenders how to interpret their reports; they just report them.

But “good” credit is often defined by creditors as a FICO score between 680 and 739. At 720, the median FICO score in the US is in the “good” range. This means half of consumers have higher scores and half have lower scores.

FICO scores of 740 and up are generally considered “excellent.”

As a mortgage consumer with good credit, you can get to the next tier — sometimes easily — and lower your borrowing costs.



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