Posted on 2021-06-15 05:23:13
Posted on 2016-11-01 19:07:46
Your credit report is a snapshot of how you have handled credit. It reports the balances on your credit cards and loans, and your bill paying history. (Don’t think even a single late payment will go unnoticed!) When you apply for new credit, lenders review your credit report to determine the terms of any credit they might extend to you. Once you have established credit, that lender will most likely review your credit report from time to time to see look for red flags. Here are 5 red flags that could scare a lender: 1. Too Many Inquiries When you apply for credit, potential lenders will usually pull your credit report to get a feel for your credit worthiness. This gets recorded as a hard inquiry on your credit report. Too many hard inquiries can be a red flag that you are in financial trouble. Although inquiries typically have minimal impact in most credit scoring models, it may be enough to drop you into a lower credit score bracket. 2. Debt from Co-Signing a Loan Many people fall into the trap of co-signing a loan to help a friend of family member without realizing that debt will show up on their own credit report too. As a co-signer, you are equally responsible for the debt. Any late or missed payments will be red flags to your own lenders. And even when the loan is being repaid under good terms, that debt is added to your existing debt load when you apply credit of your own.
3. Short Sale A short sale gets reported to the credit bureaus as “settled.” That’s a red flag that says you did not pay the lender as agreed, and it can be just as negative as a foreclosure on your credit report. There may be times when a short sale is the right option, but don’t believe anyone who says it won’t hurt your credit. 4. Credit Report Errors Your credit report could have red flags that are no fault of your own: errors. There’s really no way to safeguard your credit report from them. It’s important to check your credit report for accuracy. A credit monitoring service will alert you to significant changes that should be verified for accuracy. 5. A Consumer Statement You have the right to add a 100-word statement to your credit report explaining something you think might be viewed negatively. Think twice before doing this. Lenders expect to paid as agreed regardless of your circumstances. If, however, you have been a victim of identity theft, it might be beneficial to explain that in a consumer statement.
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Posted on 2016-03-02 09:00:09
Do you avoid looking at your credit report because you think it’s over your head? You could be making a serious mistake. Whether you like it or not, others are using the information in your credit report to make decisions that affect your life, and it’s not just creditors. Landlords, employers, utility companies and insurance companies are among the other businesses that use credit reports day in and day out. Get to know your credit report. The information is organized to make it easy to understand. Here is our 5-minute guide to the four main categories of information on your credit report.
This information is intended to identity you. It includes your full name, your Social Security number, current and previous addresses, your date of birth and sometimes your current and previous employers. Minor discrepancies in this section are not critical unless they could cause you to be mixed up with someone else.
Posted on 2016-02-18 09:00:50
There is no shortage of misinformation floating around concerning credit. Here are five important things everyone should know about credit reports. 1. Credit matters for more than just credit applications. There’s no getting around it. Whether you are applying for a mortgage, auto loan or credit card, renting an apartment or getting cable TV, your credit matters. Your credit report can determine not only whether or not you get credit, but on what terms. If your credit is bad, you may be denied credit or have to put down a larger deposit. Credit is also used in other surprising ways, such as by employers who may review your credit report as part of the application process. 2. Credit scores are not part of your credit report. The three national credit bureaus—Equifax, Experian and TransUnion—store the information reported to them by creditors and others. Your credit report does not include your credit score, but rather your credit score is calculated based on the information in it at the time someone requests your credit score. Because the information in your credit report can change often, your credit score may fluctuate from day to day.
Posted on 2015-12-29 18:59:00
If you have ever taken out a loan or applied for a credit card, chances are good that you have a credit report with at least one of the three major credit bureaus—Equifax, Experian or TransUnion. Chances are also good that you’ve heard several myths about credit reports. Here we get to the truth about 5 common credit report myths. Myth #1: Paying off a past-due item will remove it from your credit report.Truth: Late payments can remain on your credit report for up to seven years from the date of the missed payment. Making a payment will update your credit report to show you are now current on the account, but it will not remove the history of the late payment. Paying bills on time—every time—is key to a good credit score. Myth #2: Income and bank accounts are included on your credit report.Truth: Your credit report contains no record of your salary or financial accounts other than those used for credit. You can have a million dollars in the bank, and a late payment will still show up on your credit report and impact your credit score.
Myth #3: You don’t need to worry about unpaid library fines and parking tickets.Truth: While it’s true libraries and police municipalities do not report directly to the credit bureaus, they may turn unpaid debts—even small ones—over to a collection agency. If that happens, the collection agency will almost certainly report the debt to one or more of the credit bureaus. Never brush off a debt just because it is small or not from a credit card company. Myth #4: If you pay your bills on time, there is no need to check your credit report.Truth: Credit reports have a high rate of errors, and those errors could affect your credit score. New information gets added to your credit report frequently as the companies you do business with report your credit history to the credit bureaus. A credit monitoring service makes it easy to keep tabs on your credit report by alerting you whenever there is a significant change that should be verified. Myth #5: Checking your own credit report can hurt your credit score.Truth: This one is our personal favorite. The truth is that checking your own credit report has absolutely no affect on your credit score. Zilch! If you use a credit monitor service such as MyFreeScoreNow, your credit report will be checked daily, and it will have no impact whatsoever on your credit score.