Credit Report – Steps To Consider

Out of five respondents, four realized that a score of 700 is viewed as good and just 22 percent understood that low score increases the cost of an auto loan up to $5,000 when compared to high score. (The FICO score, brand of credit score utilized as a part of more than 90 percent of consumer credit choices, extends from 350 to 850; great scores start in the mid-to-high 600s.)

To save Money Raise Your Credit Score

Build an attempt to enhance your score when you feel like it’s lower than you expected which requires around 12 to 24 months improving depending on the cause for the bad score, notes Bruce W McClary, VP of communications at the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, a gathering representing nonprofit credit counseling organizations.

Registering in a debt-management program and maintaining on-time payments can fasten the process, “but there’s no instant fix” he declares.

Steps considered:

  • Keep credit balances low:

Maintain credit balance fewer than 10 percent of your total available credit. Higher ratio indicates higher credit risk. “Ratio gets affected negatively if you close or use your entire limits affecting the credit score” says Katie Ross, education and development manager for Boston-based American Consumer Credit Counseling, a nonprofit offering guidance to consumers.

  • Check your credit reports:

Through AnnualCreditReport.com ask free credit report every 4 months from a different reporting agency. There’s no penalty for checking yourself but “Hard pull” credit inquiries can reduce your scores.

  • Don’t apply for multiple credit cards at once:

Applying for various credit cards implies many “hard pulls” about credit history and can affect the score.

  • Pay your credit card and other bills on time:

Payment history determines 35 percent of the FICO score stating how frequently you pay on time. It's good to pay minimum monthly.

  • Don’t open too many new credit accounts at once:

Here, average “age” of your accounts is reduced which lowers your credit score.

  • Don’t cancel unused cards (unless they carry an annual fee):

Part of your score depends on the ratio of credit used to total available credit. Credit line is reduced and ratio is raised by terminating a card.

  • Pay off debt in collections.

Collections with zero balance are ignored with the current versions of the FICO score.

  • Maintain a variety of credit types:

Paying auto loan, student loan and credit card bills over the same period implies that you’re able to juggle different types of credit, accounting for 10 percent of your score.