Let’s take a peek behind the curtain and try to dispel a few myths about the complexities of getting and maintaining a good credit score.
Isn’t it funny that who we are is based on numbers? The same goes when we apply for a loan and if you don’t want any problems, you should at least be 700 and above to have a good credit score.
But what is a credit score? It is an indicator which tells a creditor if you will be able to pay your debt should your loan be approved. Normally, the score is from 340 to 850 and if you don’t score that well, your loan by be disapproved or this will be granted as long as you accept to pay the high interest rate.
This is probably unfair given that you don’t have money already but it is a fact of life. It’s either you agree to their terms or you don’t get the much needed funds.
In the US, many Americans get a good credit score. This happens because they don’t spend beyond their means and pay their bills on time.
But for those who don’t score well, they have to find a way to make ends meet by cutting down on their expenses and paying these debts gradually.
It’s a good idea will be to talk to your creditor.
They can come up with a payment plan so this will never appear on their permanent record. That is perhaps the smartest thing to do if you had a good credit score the year before.
If you have many credit cards, you should cancel the others and only keep two. You should keep the one that you have had the longest as this will look good on your credit score.
One mistake some people make especially when their credit history is less than 3 years old is opening a new account even when it is not necessary. You just have to think smart to see if it is worth the risk.
If your credit score is just a few points from 700, look at the document and see if everything stated there is correct.
Who knows, you might get lucky and find out that there was an error made. You can call the credit agency to tell them about it and send the supporting documents so an investigation can be done and this matter can be corrected.
To get a copy of your credit score, you can get in touch with one of these credit agencies namely Experian or Equifax.
Though the scoring system they use is different from one another, it states the same thing so you know what it is. This changes yearly so get another one year and compare the results versus the year before.
A good credit score of 700 and above can get you low interest rates when you need to apply for a loan. With that money, you can buy a new house or car, pay for college tuition or renovate your home. If you want to get it, then you have to work for it as this number won’t appear out of thin air.
Being the consumer, you must know what your credit score is before you even think of asking for a loan. This will avoid you the embarrassment of being told that there are issues which will never happen if you have a good credit score.
I trust that was useful and has given you some good ideas about improving your credit score.
Don’t get overwhelmed as there is a lot of content here, just pick one of the tips and work on that first.
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