Understanding Your Credit Score

Your credit score is a number that most lenders use in order to determine your credit worthiness. If you are considering applying for a home loan, an auto loan, a credit card or personal loan, your credit score can play a massive role in the interest rates you are offered, the loan terms available and even whether or not you are approved. Additionally, your credit score can have an effect on other aspects of your life as well. Most landlords check your credit score when you apply for a lease or rental agreement, and many insurance companies and employers review your credit score these days when you apply with them as well. Because of the impact that your credit score has on a variety of life situations, it is critical that you understand how your credit score is determined, and the factors that can affect it.

Understanding your Credit Score

Understanding your credit score is an important step in being able to maintain a good credit rating. While your credit score is determined by your credit history, there are numerous factors that are combined to make up your credit score.

• Your Total Debt and Debt to Income Ratios

• Types of Credit Accounts

• The Number of Late Payments

• The Number of Past Due Accounts

• The Age of Credit Accounts

• Collections and Public Records

• Recent Credit Inquiries

It is important to remember that not all factors will affect your credit score equally. A high number of recent inquiries, for instance, is not nearly as devastating as an equally large number of late payments or accounts in collections.

Improving your Credit Score

If you have less than perfect credit, there are a number of things that you can do to improve your credit score. While understanding your credit score is extremely important, knowing what to do with that information can be critical in the wellbeing of your credit report.

It is important to check your credit report and score regularly, and make a note of any changes or discrepancies. If you notice incorrect information on your credit report, contact the credit reporting agency as soon as possible for information about filing a dispute.

Pay off high credit card balances as soon as you can. Although making timely payments on accounts like mortgages and car loans can have a big impact on your credit score, paying down credit card balances demonstrates your ability to manage your available credit, and can have a much bigger impact on your score.

Make all of your payments on time. Keep in mind that payments that are received more than 30 days past their due date can be detrimental to your credit score. Payment history makes up approximately 35% of your credit score.

Apply for additional credit in moderation. Too many inquiries on your credit report can set off alarms for lenders, and can be a sign that you are in a financial bind.

Pay off collections accounts as soon as you are able. Accounts that have been sent to collection demonstrate your inability or unwillingness to repay your debt, and are a red flag for lenders.

Try not to overextend yourself when it comes to your finances. The amount of debt you incur in relation to your income can not only have a big impact on your credit score, but too much debt can be a sign of poor credit management and automatically place you in a higher risk bracket.

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