How Your Credit Score Can Open and Slam Doors for You
There are many ways to get ahead financially: attend seminars where you cut up your credit cards with hundreds of other people, participate in financial assistance service that help you take out a home equity loan or refinance your home, or you can move debt on one credit card to another credit card with an introductory rate of 0% (which goes up to 12% six months down the road).
The reason these methods don’t work is because we don’t concurrently cut our expenses while implementing these strategies. already if we’re making more money, unless we cut expenses, we will continue to use more money than we have and incur debt. Manage yourself and your money. Money is like food; we don’t eat only when we’re hungry, and we certainly don’t use only when we need something.
Beware: Debt forgiveness can hurt you. The company that forgives your debt can issue a 1099C, which method the forgiven amount gets additional to your taxed income.
When there’s a will, there’s another way:
Your credit score (also called your FICO or Beacon score) will affect the interest rate you’re able to obtain. Credit scores range from 500 to 850. Where are you on the extent?
What’s in a number?
500 and below-you’re in serious trouble
650 to 680 you probably will have a difficult time getting credit, and if you do it will be at higher rates
How you got your credit score:
a) Payment history (35% of score). Make payments on time or early.
b) Amounts you owe (30% of score)
c) Credit history (15% of score). The longer you have credit, the higher your score can be.
d) New credit (10% of score). New credit cards.
e) kind of credit you have in use. Mortgages, Bloomingdale’s, etc.
There are three reporting sets that can give you your score: Equifax.com, Experian.com and Transunion.com. at the minimum once, do an experiment and order a report from all three. They probably will provide a complimentary report each year, per person. You will most likely find inconsistencies in the reports such as missing and incorrect information.
Each time a credit report is run on you, your score is lowered by two or three points. You nevertheless want to shop around for a mortgage, but consider using a mortgage broker who runs one report to shop around the loan. If you go to five different edges, that can drop your score 15 points.