What Is A Good Credit Score For Buying A House?

By Brian Kondo

Monday, March 25, 2024

What Is A Good Credit Score For Buying A House?

Buying a house is a significant financial investment. For most people it's a lifelong dream to own a house. However, purchasing a home can be a complex process involving many factors - budget being the most crucial. This topic is all about credit scores, why a good credit score is essential, how you can improve your credit score, and more.


What is a Good Credit Score? 


Generally speaking, credit scores in Canada range from below average (around 300) to excellent (around 900). It is considered that anything above 660 is considered good credit, which indicates that your risk of defaulting on your mortgage is low. Hence, you are likely to be approved for a mortgage.


The minimum credit score to get approved for a traditional mortgage varies by lender and type of mortgage. Some lenders might accept a little lower score, but still, generally, a higher one is considered better. When applying for a mortgage, it is considered ideal to have a credit score above 700. Still, in general, it's around 680.


Does a Credit Score Play a Role in Mortgage Approval?


Credit score impacts your mortgage application negatively and positively. A high credit score will benefit you, while having a low credit score or no credit history will be a disadvantage. If you make timely payments and have a low debt load, it improves your credit score. Moreover, your risk of defaulting on your mortgage loan is determined by your credit score. 


Debt and late payments will lower your score and make you appear a high-risk borrower. Banks are reluctant to lend large amounts of money to someone who may be unable to repay it. If they do, they will likely charge a much higher interest rate because of the increased risk involved. Mortgage payments will be higher, and costs will be higher over time due to higher interest rates. Consequently, higher interest rates will cause an increase in mortgage payments, and costs will be higher over time.


How to Improve Your Credit Score?


If you want to buy a house, track your credit score frequently and take steps to improve it. The simplest way to improve your credit score is to build a credit history by obtaining a credit card and making all your payments on time. Furthermore, you can do the following to increase your credit score: 


Maintain a Timely Payment Schedule 

It can negatively affect your credit score if you make late payments. You can improve your credit score by paying your bills on time, including credit card bills, utility bills, and loan payments.

Use Your Credit Less Often 

You can measure credit utilization by comparing the amount of credit you use to your total credit limit. Your credit utilization should not exceed 30% of your credit limit. You may experience a negative impact on your credit score if your credit utilization is high.

Have a Mix of Credit Types 

You can demonstrate your ability to manage different types of debt responsibly by having a mix of credit types, such as credit cards and mortgages. Over time, this will improve your credit score.


Do Not Close Old Accounts

By closing old credit accounts, you can reduce your overall available credit and increase your credit utilization ratio. Furthermore, it is possible to improve your credit score by keeping old accounts open, which can help you maintain a longer credit history.


Still have questions about how a credit score affects your chances of buying a house? Please reach out to me! I'd love to answer any and all of your questions. 


Thanks for reading today’s BLOG!!!

Brian Kondo
Sales Representative / Team Leader
The Brian Kondo Real Estate Team
Re/Max Hallmark First Group Realty Ltd.
905-683-7800 office

905-426-7484 direct



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