Your Credit Report and Score

Knowing your credit score is one of the most important things in your financial life. You need to know your credit score, what is on your credit report, and how the banks look at your credit score.

Did you know your score is a three digit number and is designed to show how likely you are going to pay your debts on time and if you are using your credit wisely.

Lenders not only look at your score to see if you qualify for a loan but your number will also affect the interest rate they charge for your loans. Many people think banks are the only financial institutions that look at their credit scores but that is not true. Insurance companies, cell phone companies, landlords, and even future employers look at your credit score.

The FICO score is most commonly used by mortgage lenders and large financial institutions. The FICO scores run from 300 to 850. Knowing your score is very important when you are trying to get credit.

The median FICO score is approximately 723 and about 60% have a score of 700 or better. If you are one of the 40% and have a score of below 700 you need to get serious about improving your score. There are ways to improve your score and you can do it by yourself.

You first must get a free report every year at annualcreditreport.com. If you need to improve your score this is a must for you to get every year. You need to check to make sure there are no mistakes. Incorrect and negative information will make your score lower.

Although your credit report is free, your score must be purchased. A credit report and score costs about $ 16 from MyFico. You can also purchase your reports and credit scores from all three bureaus for $ 48. Lenders take a look at the middle score of the three. Purchase your report and credit score from the bureau that has the middle score and see if you can improve that one first.

Any time you are planning a major purchase it is to your advantage to know your score approximately six months in advance. You can improve you score in 90 days however it may take several months improve your score.

If you have questions about your report or find a mistake, you contact one or all of the three major consumer reporting agencies:

Equifax 800-685-1111
Experian 888-397-3742
TransUnion 800-888-4213

Knowing your credit score is vital in today's financial world.

Source by Mark J. Nelson

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