Importance of credit history for every consumer

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Importance of credit history for every consumer


Updated: December 26, 2012

The content is accurate at the time of publication and is subject to change.

Today the whole world knows how important it is to have credit history. It is without doubt an incredibly important part of everyone`s life. You have got to make sure that at any point in time you are well aware of how things stand, what you need to pay and whether you should go for the next credit card or not. When you are not sure of credit cards and just sign up for them without being aware of what it entails it could make a lot of things difficult for you always. A lot of people are going through so many difficulties trying to cope with unemployment, lack of funds and mounting bills. The credit card bills simply exacerbate an already bad situation and add to that worries of not being able to pay on time and you could be shaping up very badly.

Today just about everything is done based on credit history. Employment is decided based on credit scores and how people have been doing things, insurance, housing and mortgage are all important parts of a person`s life. When you have to work on the credit report and your scores, you have to order a copy first and foremost. If you do not get it then knowing how things are is difficult and being in a blind spot you cannot work on the situation properly. Make sure you have proper bills and papers to validate any and every detail on the report so you know what it contains. In case there is some information that is incorrect on it, you need to file a complaint with a federal trade commission and get things cleared immediately.

Some people often tend to misunderstand the importance of FICO scores. Earlier people were not allowed to see the scores and it was only available to merchants and lenders. However today it is now available to everyone and people can pay a small fee to see their report and get their scores as well. If you are working on the credit scores and are trying to work on your accounts you should not close your credit card. If your lender looks at the total available credit and sees that too many accounts have been closed recently they will not be willing to offer you credit. Shutting an account that has been there since long can make your score go down further and so it is important to keep your oldest accounts open always.

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