Understanding your credit score is an important part of financial management. The information from, and differences between the three credit reporting agencies can sometimes become confusing however. There are a few tips that can help, and following them will allow you to repair a poor credit score and maintain a good one. This article will discuss some of the basics.
Give your cards a bit of diversity. Have a credit account from three different umbrella companies. For example, having a Visa, MasterCard and Discover, is great. Having three different MasterCard’s is not as good. These companies all report to credit bureaus differently and have different lending practices, so lenders want to see a variety when looking at your report.
A consumer statement on your credit file can have a positive impact on future creditors. When a dispute is not satisfactorily resolved, you have the ability to submit a statement to your history clarifying how this dispute was handled. These statements are 100 words or less and can improve your chances of obtaining credit when needed.
Avoid big purchases prior to your needing your score to be at it’s best. Anytime you take out a major loan, such as a car loan, your score will take a short dip. This is due to the fact that you now have much more debt than you did before.
When you decide you want to repair your credit, sending out disputes can help take false information off of your reports. If there are several items on your credit report you need to dispute, only do one at a time. Wait a little while before you send the next one. If you send too many at one time the credit bureau may become suspicious and consider your disputes frivolous.
If you have bad credit, do not use your children’s credit or another relative’s. This will lower their credit score before they even had a chance to build it. If your children grow up with a good credit score, they might be able to borrow money in their name to help you out later in life.
There exist several non-profit agencies that can help you repair your credit. Instead of reducing the amount you owe (which gets reported negatively) you can work with these organizations who will liaise with the debt collectors to reduce the interest rate, which in effect reduces the amount owed.
An important tip to consider when working to repair your credit is that you should organize yourself. This is important because if you are serious about fixing your credit, it is imperative that you establish goals and lay out how you are going to accomplish those specific goals.
In this article we have discussed why repairing your credit is important, and some sure fire ways to keep it in good standing. We have reviewed a few tips for understanding the three credit reporting agencies as well. Follow these tips and you will be on your way to understanding and controlling your credit in no time.