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Your credit score can determine a number of things about you. Your credit score will determine if you can get the financing available to purchase a car, a home, and can even determine your interest rates. If you have credit problems you may not be able to get the funding that you need. If your credit score is not up to par you do not have to worry. There are some ways that you can improve your credit score and get the financing that you need.
When you get your credit score you need to look at all the accounts that you are paying on, both the current accounts and the ones that are in default. Thirty-five percent of a credit score is based on your payment history. You score also looks at the total amount of debt that you owe to all lenders. Credit score range from 300 to 850. If you have a 650 -700 you have what is considered to be fair credit. Below a 600 you poor or bad credit. If your credit score is over 700 you are considered to have a good credit history. If your credit score is over 750 you have nothing to worry about. The average person falls into the fair to good credit range. With the increase prices and the poor economy many people are finding themselves to have poor credit. There are some things they can do to improve their score.
Check Your Credit Report for Mistakes
After looking at your credit score you need to check your credit report for mistakes. One in five people have found errors on their credit report. You should check that all of your personal information is correct. All look at the creditors and make sure that you have an account with them. Also look at the dates of the accounts and the total amount owed to make sure this is correct. Your credit report will show missed payments. If you made a payment on time and it is showing up as late you need to write to the credit agency and explain this. If there are items from over a decade on the credit report you need to write to have these removed as well. Many accounts will only stay on the credit report for a period of 7 years. If you find a mistake you will need to file a dispute form. While this may seem like it will be time consuming once the error is gone you will notice that your credit score has improved. It it well worth the extra time and effort.
Pay Down Debt
To improve your score you need to begin to pay down your debt. Look at your credit card with the highest interest rate and pay extra on this account. This will help your debt from building up. You do not have to close any unused credit cards. This will not improve your score and is not a quick fix. When you are trying to improve your score do not open additional credit accounts or apply for a new loan. This will not help your credit but rather add to your debt.
Fix Late Payments
If you have made late payments on your loans in the past now is the time to get on the right track. Credit cards and other lenders now have alerts that can be sent to your phone and email to remind you that a payment is due. You can also set up automatic deductions from your bank account. You will need to plan that around your pay schedule. You can also ask some of your lenders if they are willing to forgive some of the late payments. Some can be forgiving if you have a good history of making other payments on time. This will allow you to improve your score. Be sure to make future payments on time. If for some reason you will not have the money to make the payment call the lender. They will be willing to accept a partial payment for the time or set up another date.
Clear Up Collection Accounts
If you have accounts in collection you need to get this cleared up. You can call the collection agency and see if they are willing to accept a settlement. You should also ask them if your settle your debt if they will stop reporting it to the credit bureaus. If you are going to make a payment and they are going to stop reporting negative history be sure to get this in writing.
Do Not Get More Credit
It may be appealing to get a discount when opening a store credit card but in the end it can do more harm than good. It does not matter if you are approved for the card or not it will still have an impact on your credit score. This is considered to be a hard inquiry on your credit and will have an impact on your score for up to one year. When trying to fix your score you do not need to add any more debt. If you find an inquiry on your credit report that you are not familiar with contact the lender and find out with this is all about. If you did not apply for the card you need to alert the credit agency as this can be a sign of fraud. This may also remove the inquiry from your credit report but it may take some time in order for this to get into effect. A soft inquiry will not harm your credit. This is done when a lender is looking to increase your line of credit.
These are some tips that will help you improve your credit score. You need to remember that your credit score will not automatically improve over night. It will take several months of making payments on time and paying down debt for the credit score to improve. If you start taking measure to fix your poor credit score you will see an improvement in no time and will be able to get the financing that you need as well as lower interest rates.