Late Payments Are Typically What Have the Major Affect on Your Credit Score Your Credit Score When you foreclose on a home your credit will be altered for about 5+ years, to say the least. However, when you do a short sale your credit is also affected, but for a much shorter time period and less damage is done. The truth is there is no concrete answer as to how many points it will affect your score. Every person has his or her own FICO and each...