Could one spouse’s bad credit negatively affect the other?

If a couple is applying for credit jointly, say for a loan or credit card, then yes. One person’s lower score can negatively impact the interest rate the couple will be offered.

This is because every borrower has three credit scores, and lenders use the lowest “middle” credit score of the two borrowers. We have seen many situations in the past in which one borrower was dropped from the application – but only if the lower score belongs to a non-working spouse.

This can create a serious issue, however, if the income is needed in order to qualify.

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