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This is part two, in a six part series, on how to be an expert of your credit. A good credit score is important for more reasons than just obtaining new credit. These days, it can factor into everything from landing a new job to getting the best deal on your insurance policies. It’s more important than ever to avoid late payments on your mortgage!

A 100 point drop for one late mortgage payment? It’s true. A single 30-day-late mortgage payment can cause your score to drop by as much as a hundred points. Credit scoring algorithms vary based on many factors, and in some instances, the damage may be even greater and last for years.

The costs accumulate. At the time, a single missed payment will cost you only a late fee, but the expense really adds up on your next loan or missed opportunity. Low credit scores typically mean a higher rate and cost. Higher rates can mean hundreds of thousands of dollars of extra expense over the life of a loan.

Missed payments are usually unplanned. Usually, events beyond our control lead to late payments, such as an accident, illness, job loss or family issue. At other times, carelessness or a hectic life may result in a forgotten payment.

What can you do?

Plan for the unexpected. Maintain an emergency cash reserve account equal to at least 3 months of living expenses or more.

Automate. If you’re prone to forgetting or don’t have a scheduled time to sit down and pay bills, set up auto payments through your checking account or put a perpetual reminder on your calendar.

Little other than time will decrease the negative impact of a late payment, so prevention is the one sure remedy. If you don’t already have a good system in place to assure timely payments and are not sure what’s best, reach out anytime. We’ll be happy to help set up a plan that’s right for you.

As always, we are happy to help here at Envoy; no question is too big or too small. Just contact me to get started.

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