Educate Yourself About Your Credit
Have you ever heard of a credit report? You have probably been hearing about the importance of good credit for quite some time now.
However, you may not know exactly how you can achieve the good credit status that is highly sought after these days. One thing that you need to know is that you can actually use your credit report as a handy tool to help you build up or improve your credit score.
Basically, your credit report is a complete history and record of all of your loans, credit cards and so on. This report will include such information as your payment histories, where you have applied for credit, where you have applied for employment and more.
When you apply for credit or a loan somewhere, the lending agency will usually use your credit report to decide whether or not your history shows that you are worthy of the credit that you are requesting. The lending agencies will usually take a look at your credit report so that they can check and see what your history is in as far as making timely payments, credit lines you currently have, and to search for comparable credit limits.
For example, if you tend to have a good number of late payments listed in your credit report, they may be less likely to give you the loan or the credit card that you are requesting because they view you as a risk. Or on the other hand if you have an excellent payment history but only one credit card with a limit of ,000 and you are asking for a loan of ,000, they may turn you down for not having comparable credit.
In both instances you will probably need to ask someone to co-sign for you. A new practice has come into play where employers will even check your credit before deciding to hire you for a new job!
This can tell them if you are a responsible person with money. It might be defeating the purpose though, because some people get a job, or find new ones to make money to fix their credit.
So here we will discuss some ways you can make your credit report work for you to help you get out of the bad credit cycle.
Obviously, the main thing that you want to do is pay all of your payments on time. Next up, you will want to get your credit report or sign up for a program online that lets you view your credit report whenever you like.
This way, you can keep track of everything on there and make sure that all of the information is accurate. Checking for errors is a great thing to do as well because if there are errors, they are not your fault and they can easily be fixed.
If you find errors create a credit diary and start correcting those errors, make the necessary calls to clear those up so your credit looks better. If you are seeking a large loan, but don’t see a comparable credit line, start calling your current creditors and ask for a credit line increase.
It is important to note that you should not use this extra credit line, just have it increased so that when they pull your credit, they see a comparable line of credit. It may sound silly that you have to watch your credit report, but you would be amazed at the number of people who actually have errors on their credit report and they are completely unaware of it.
These errors can and will end up hurting in the long run, so it is always best to double check everything that is listed in your credit report. Also with identity theft on the raise, you really need to keep an eye on your credit report.
Don’t become a credit fraud victim. Start keeping track of your credit today…so you can put it to work for you tomorrow.
Your credit score, and history, is very important when it comes to your financial health. And especially now, if you even want to get a job!
So many people walk around without even knowing what their score is, or what their history looks like. Then they are unpleasantly surprised when they go to buy a car and find out they cannot get the best loan because of a poor score.