The importance of credit history

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The importance of credit history


Updated: December 26, 2012

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

Credit history and credit scores are things we all hear a lot about but do not know enough about. There are enough and more people out there who have to deal with heavy prices and costs on a number of things because of lots of reasons. Being turned down on a loan, having to deal with refusals from landlords, higher rates of interest are all complications numerous people have to sort out at one point or another. When people consider your applications for just about anything financial, the first thing they consider is your credit history. If you are seen to be a bad risk in terms of your credit score, then people will be extremely reluctant to do business with you. It could also be just as bad if you have not worked at having a credit history up until then. You are an unknown entity to them to work with and they will not be up for it immediately.

Tips for newbie's

If you are a newcomer to credit and credit history, then you should begin sooner than later at building up a good credit score. As a beginner, you may need to try your hand at a secured credit card. This will help you tackle your loans and other situations better later on. When your monthly report is sent out and your score improves, you can eventually move onto a better card which is unsecured. Maintain a credit history is important for every kind of decision and you cannot afford to consider it to be something less than vital at any point in time. Know how the credit reporting process works, how much weight age there is and also understand how to access and check your credit history. This will help you to understand how things stand and will also allow lenders to know how competent you are in matters.

Tips for experienced people

When you want to find out how things stand, you have to begin at the credit bureaus reports. This will give you a fair idea of how things stand and what you should do to work it out. You can compare and contrast cards and narrow it down to the best one possible through this process. Apply only for credit you need and stay within the credit limit by paying off what is owed every month regularly in installments. Pay the bills on time and in full or at least a minimum expected amount and maintain good credit history.

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