The Importance Of Credit Reports

Posted by Nick Niesen on October 29th, 2010

Credit reports are something that can affect every aspect of our lives, but many individuals do not know what is important report is, how it is formed, or how using credit carelessly can affect its outcome. Instead of ignoring your credit score or credit report until it comes time to look for a mortgage or car loan, consider finding more information about this critical item of your financial history today and learn how to use credit wisely to keep your report in top shape.

Think of your credit report like a report card of your financial history. Each transaction and financial decision you make can directly impact your report, which in turn impacts your ability to be approved for loans, getting quality insurance, and even landing that key job! Make an appointment to speak with your banker about your credit report and what you can do to make it reflect your financial responsibility in the best light.

Credit scores make up your credit report. This number is computed on how well you handle different aspects of your finances. Even something as simple as paying your bills too late can affect your score and limit your future opportunities. All credit scores are based on a system of numerical scoring from the low 800s to the high 300s. The higher the number of the credit score, the better as scores under 600 usually will negatively affect an individual?s credit report.

A variety of items impact your credit score, including how wisely you use the credit that is given to you. The number of credit cards currently issued in your name will affect your report, as will the number of cards that carry an outstanding balance. Generally speaking, building your credit early on will best benefit your credit score. However, this can be tricky as teenagers and young adults who are issued credit cards are more likely to use their credit recklessly and quickly find themselves in credit card debt.

Also, your public records will directly affect your credit score, and in turn your credit report. These records include tax liens, so be sure you pay your taxes promptly each year and without error to prevent potential problems in the future. Also, any delinquencies or excessive balance on any account will lower your credit score and prove negative for your credit report.

If you are careless when it comes to writing checks, you may soon find yourself faced with a poor credit report. Bounced checks or checks that have to be returned for any reason can destroy your credit report, so do so with caution. Especially as technology has advanced, the typical lengthy waiting period it takes for a check to clear is often expedited before your account can receive extra funds. Be sure to carefully record each check and balance your checkbook on a regular basis to ensure you do not write any checks without the proper funds in your account. Also, avoid any overdrawn charges on your account, as they can also negatively affect your credit report.

If you find yourself shackled with a poor credit report, prepare to make some changes. Limit the amount of items you charge on a daily basis and work towards repaying any debt. Also, you may need to close accounts that have been inactive for a while as they can work against your report. Furthermore, strive to pay all your bills promptly before their due dates. Late bills or bills with outstanding balances can dramatically affect your credit report and cost you much more money than the bill itself. If you have any bills with a balance, be sure to pay at least the minimum required payment. Paying less than the minimum on any bill will show up the same as if you were to pay the bill late.

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