We pull a "trimerge" credit report from all three bureaus -- Experien, Equifax, TransUnion -- and take the middle number. That number plays a major role in determining the LTV (loan to value) we can offer for your DSCR loan.
For our programs, DSCR needs to be 1.2 or higher to qualify for a given LTV. Here's a DSCR calculator we use.
So let's say you want to do a cash out refinance for a $500,000. Our max LTV for a cash out refi is 75%, as long as DSCR is 1.2 or higher at 75% LTV. If the property cash flows support a 75% LTV, but your credit score is 690, your max LTV is 65%. That's the difference between a $375,000 loan and a $325,000.
In real estate investing, when borrowing money, one of the most important and overlooked components is credit score. 720+ is the magic number.
Interest rate can also be affected by low credit score. These guidelines don't apply to all lenders but are generally appropriate for expectation setting.