FICO Impact and Recovery

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Real Estate Center Everett, WA

 

The question is asked frequently regarding how much impact will a short sale, foreclosure, deed in lieu or bankruptcy have on my FICO score?  

 

I checked out the FICO Banking Analytics Blog and found some very interesting information.  FICO conducted a study of delinquencies regarding mortgages.  In their study they looked at three different consumer profiles.  All three profiles consisted of consumers who were paying as agreed on their mortgages. 

 

Consumers with a 680 score . Debbie Atwood Is Making A Splash In Snohomish County

Consumers with a 720 score.

Consumers with a 780 score. 

 

The study then showed the impact on the credit score after each “phase” of delinquency.  For example:  

 

After the very first 30 day late on the consumers mortgage -

Consumer with a 680 score moved to 600-620

Consumer with a 720 score moved to 630-650

Consumer with a 780 score moved to 670-690

 

After the 90 day late on mortgage -

Consumer with an original 680 score moved to 600-620

Consumer with an original 720 score moved to 610-630

Consumer with an original 780 score moved to 650-670

 

Interesting huh?  I’m not finished.  Lets look at short sales, foreclosure and bankruptcy.

 

After completing a short sale or deed-in-lieu settlement with no deficiency balance

Consumer with an original 680 score moved to 610-630

Consumer with an original 720 score moved to 605-625

Consumer with an original 780 score moved to 655-675

 

After completing a short sale, with a deficiency balance

Consumer with an original 680 score moved to 575-595

Consumer with an original 720 score moved to 570-590

Consumer with an original 780 score moved to 620-640

 

Foreclosure -

Original 680 score moved to 575-595

Original 720 score moved to 570-590

Original 780 score moved to 620-640

 

And Finally, Bankruptcy -

Original 680 score moved to 530-550

Original 720 score moved to 525-545

Original 780 score moved to 540-560

 

I found all of this information very interesting and definitely saw some kind pattern that caused me say, hmmmm, but wait, I’m not finished with the results of this study.  Pattern or not, we all know the credit score is going to go down with any of these delinquencies but maybe more important is how long will it take to recover?

 

This is what I thought most interesting.

 

After the first 30 days late it would take the original 680 score consumer 9 months to recover.  The 720 consumer, 2.5 years and the 780 consumer 3 years!

After the 90 day late period it would take the original 680 score consumer 9 months to recover.  The 720 consumer 3 years and the 780 consumer 7 years!!

 

How about after Short Sale, Deed-In-Lieu settlement with no deficiency balance?

680 consumer will recover in 3 years

720 consumer will recover in 7 years

780 consumer will recover in 7 years

 

The results are the same with a deficiency balance.

 

Foreclosure-

680 consumer will recover in 3 years Debbie Atwood Is Making A Splash In Snohomish County

720 consumer will recover in 7 years

780 consumer will recover in 7 years

 

Bankruptcy-

680 consumer will recover in 5 years

720 consumer will recover in 7 - 10 years

780 consumer will recover in 7 - 10 years. 

 

 

Quote from FICO Banking Analytics - 

“In general, the higher starting score, the longer it takes for the score to fully recover.”  

 

Granted the consumers score will gradually improve as time goes by and they demonstrate their other payments are paid as agreed but in all actuality it may take up to 7 - 10 years to fully recover for consumers that originally started with higher credit scores than consumers that started with lower scores.

 

I think this is very good information for any consumer that is looking at a possible short sale or foreclosure.  There are consumers that have definite hardships that obviously show up in the original credit score and there are consumers looking at the so called “strategic default” that should consider the impact on their credit recovery time line.  I have no opinion on either really but I do find it quite interesting!  

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Jon Zolsky
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Interesting. It is also possible to come to a conclusion that it is not beneficial to have a very high score (LOL)

May 25, 2011 11:39 PM
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Debbie Atwood
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Jon,  LOL  I know, right?  LOL  Thanks for the laugh.

May 25, 2011 11:41 PM
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Wow! Very interesting numbers.  Your name was mentioned at RainCamp. I can't remember which one said they followed you, Bob, I think.

May 25, 2011 11:58 PM
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Debbie Atwood
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Ha!  Probably wondering where the heck I've been!  LOL 

May 26, 2011 12:05 AM
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Kristine Ginsberg
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Debbie - interesting credit information and nicely laid out! Just goes to show you how important it is to never forget to pay your mortgage on time!

May 26, 2011 08:05 AM
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Robby Leviton
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Great information, thanks for taking the time to put this out to us.

May 26, 2011 10:31 AM
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Bill Rozek
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Really interesting.  Just goes to show the value of maintaining great credit and the consequences of not doing so.

May 26, 2011 10:59 AM
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Debbie Atwood
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Kristine Thank you!

Robby - Thanks and it's great to see you.  Hope things are going well for you!

Bill - Thank you!  I also thought it was pretty interesting

 

May 26, 2011 11:18 AM
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Debbie, I wanted to let you know I reblogged and suggested you get featured. thanks again

May 26, 2011 11:27 AM
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Debbie Atwood
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Thanks Robby!  I'm glad you found it as interesting as I did.  I am asked this question so often from clients that I think it is good to have an idea of how it is all working.

May 27, 2011 11:47 AM
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First of all, you didn't show up under comments on my home page...weird.  I would have missed you altogether if I hadn't actually checked my blog posts.  So, be aware and double check, you can lose points that way.

Next, what a great post.  I bookmarked it and will reblog it later this week after everyone is back at work. 

There is great information here. Keep up the good work!

May 29, 2011 04:35 PM
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Don- Thanks for the heads up! That is strange.  Thanks for the comment and glad you can use it!

 

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What Jane Peters said...   When borrowers don't have a choice they have to take the consequences but those with choices should carefully consider.

May 30, 2011 01:51 PM
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Debbie I really hope this one gets featured. I didn't know about this one. Thank you very much for sharing. Hitting the suggest button. Great post.

May 31, 2011 05:10 PM
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Debbie Atwood
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Thank you Lanre!

 

May 31, 2011 07:42 PM
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Richard Yates
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Hi Debbie, Thank you for commenting on my recent post.  I appreciated your straight talking advice.  I found this post to be surprising with what the numbers were telling me, but then I reached this,

Quote from FICO Banking Analytics -

"In general, the higher starting score, the longer it takes for the score to fully recover."

What's that saying, "The higher you rise, the further you fall"?  Apparently, the longer it takes to rise again too.  Thank you for sharing.  I have also Suggested this post and Bookmarked it for re-reading.  Best wishes.

May 31, 2011 09:09 PM
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Debbie Atwood
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Richard,  You are welcome and thank you for your comment!  You're correct, the higher you rise the further you fall and the longer it will take to recover.  Through my research I found that "they" are trying to send the message that strategic defaults will cost you in credit for a long time!

May 31, 2011 09:18 PM
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Hi Debbie great analysis-I suggested it-Kind of scary how long it takes to recover for people-its really going to hurt our economy for so long now

June 01, 2011 03:22 PM
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Debbie this is facinating information. I thought the Short Sale had much less affect on the credit score than the foreclosure. It's closer than I thought.

June 01, 2011 05:43 PM
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Debbie Atwood
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Tim It is scary to think of how long we are going to be working through it all!

Connie - yes, I was surprised by the same thing! 

 

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