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How good is your credit score? Have you taken your credit pulse yet?
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Equifax is one of the "Big 3" credit bureaus, used by most creditors who run your credit profile. When you apply for mortgages and car loans, banks get your credit report from the big 3 credit bureaus. By using the same credit reporting agency as the bank, you'll be in sync with what they see. Inferior credit bureaus may not have all the information that the Equifax report has, and this could lead to you getting rejected on your loan. The Score Power Package includes your Equifax Credit Profile, the FICO score based upon that profile (also known as your BEACON score), plus a personalized analysis that provides tips on how to improve your score over time, how you rank among other consumers, and how lenders interpret your score.
Take Your Credit Pulse
There is only one way for you to know the current state of your credit: Get your credit report. Before financing anything it's a good idea to scrub your credit report, and look for errors or other black marks that you might be able to have removed by asking the creditor who placed it there. Many people are afraid when they apply for credit because they don't know what's on their credit report or how it will affect their chances for a good deal at car dealers, for example. Car dealers use this to their advantage because many people have a bad mark or some minor mistake on their report, such as a credit balance that was paid off, yet still shows a balance on your credit report. How often does this happen: You get an erroneous notice from a credit card or bank saying "we never got your check". You call them up, find out it's their mistake, no problem. But many people are shocked to find out this error made it onto their credit report! My friend found 3 such errors on his report that kept him from getting a car loan until he had them corrected. Many errors can be quickly removed with a phone call to your creditor.
Creditors such as auto dealers use these errors on your credit report to charge you higher interest!
If you have errors on your credit history, you should have them fixed before applying for any type of credit. You are allowed to get your credit report free from Annual Credit Report, sponsored by Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, as mandated by the federal government in accordance with the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACT Act). But all you get for free is just a bare bones copy of your credit report, with not credit score. The 3-in-1 Credit Report with Score Power is the most vital information you need to have before attempting to borrow money, as this will help determine whether you'll be approved for financing, or if you'll get a good interest rate on that financing. For this reason, you're better off forgoing the stripped down freebie report, and just pay for the full blown triple report from all 3 credit bureaus, known as the 3-in-1 Credit Report with Score Power.
You probably have a credit or debt problem if.......
Like alcoholism, your credit problems begin with ignorance of tell tale signs and your own denial.
Your credit report has personal information, such as your Social Security number, address, date of birth, and employer. It also lists your credit history from banks, credit cards, furniture stores, car dealers, and others. Bounced checks, late payments, utility bills left unpaid will all come back to haunt you on your credit report. The report gives details of each account, stating if you have ever been late with payments, or delinquent, and lists the current status of each account, and the current balance. Your credit report shows who has made inquiries into your credit report. All those credit card letters you get? Most of the companies ran a credit check on you to match your credit background with their criteria. Then they mass mail to everyone matching the criteria. Also found on your credit report is public records such as tax liens or bankruptcy. Some credit reports even contain information on how you behave at your apartment complex. When we screen potential tenants for our investment condos, we run a credit check that produces this information. So if you pulled a Melrose at your previous apartment complex, this will make it hard for you to get approved for moving into another apartment. Most condo homeowner associations require this background check on all potential tenants.
DebtWizards.Com Credit Rule #2
Your creditors should NEVER know more about your credit history than you.
How does bad credit hurt you? Car dealers are notorious for walking all over people with bad credit, and not just with the interest rate. They charge you 18% interest or higher, while the rest of us enjoy maybe 8%. Many banks run credit reports on all new checking account applications, and if you have bounced checks in the past, you won't be able to open a checking account. The fact that you shafted all of your creditors is coming back to get you. Many cases of bad credit are due to bad circumstances, but most are from pure ignorance. Don't live beyond your means! Plan your life with a budget that has a reasonable and sustainable payments, and has a positive cash flow at the end of each month.
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