Showing posts with label my credit score. Show all posts
Showing posts with label my credit score. Show all posts

Saturday, June 22, 2013

5 Ways a Bad Credit Score Can Hurt Your Career Growth

Do you know how good your credit score is? According to Statistic Brain, only 35% of Americans checked their credit file at all last year, and the national average has plummeted to just 691. Despite that, 90% believe that they have a low or average level of debt - but does it really matter? 

Your credit score doesn't just decide if you can finance that new leather sofa, or if you'll get a good rate on your mortgage application. It can have a big impact on your everyday life, too, and having a bad credit score can even stop you being able to get promoted, or even get a job in the first place. So why does it matter, and what can you do about it?

You Can't Get A Job

According to Forbes, 6 in 10 employers now check the credit of their potential new hires. Failing the check can mean kissing goodbye to the job, even if you excelled at interview. Good credit shows the employer that you're a more responsible person. If your job will involved handling money, valuable items or locking up, it's even more likely to signal the end of the road. Financial gurus like Mark Weinberger are perfect to emulate when looking to get your finances on the right track. 

You Can't Get A Phone Contract

Most jobs will require you to be contactable, which means carrying a phone around with you. The best deals on handsets and air time are offered to contract customers who can afford bigger monthly payments: with poor credit, you are likely to be offered a higher rate, or be rejected completely. A pay-as-you-go phone can seem a good solution, but you are charged much more, so keep calls and texts to a minimum and make sure you've always got credit.

You Can't Get Insured

Whether it's getting to work in the morning or driving around as part of your job, chances are you'll need a vehicle. Not a problem if you can get a good finance deal, and some cheap insurance; but terrible if your credit is shot, or if the company can't insure you on a company car. If transport is essential, your only option is to join a car sharing scheme, or show your bosses that you've researched public transport and don't need to drive.

You Can't Move

Sometimes the best opportunities require sacrifice: including relocating. While the best companies will offer a relocation package and try to help you get on your feet, that's not normally an option unless you already work for the company, and they won't help with contracts. If your credit would stop you from renting or buying a new place, you may have to pass up the promotions and opportunities until its better. 

Solving The Problem

So what can you do if you find your credit score holding you back? Be honest. When you give permission for the check, mention any CCJs, DMPs or finance management. Offer an explanation if you have one, and show how you are trustworthy and reliable.If your credit history doesn't come as a surprise, you are much more likely to get the job.

Credit scores has a much larger impact on our lives than many people believe, so make sure that you aren't receiving the brunt of it for your past financial mistakes. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Useful Things You Should Know to Boost Your Credit Score

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When applying for loans, opening a bank account or even renting out an apartment, your credit report is required. It helps determine whether or not you have the capability to repay the loans that you have taken out. 

Of course these credit companies would like to know if you are a good risk or not. If you have poor ratings on your credit report, there is a lesser chance that your loan will not get approved or you will not get the interest rate that you want. 

More often than not, people with bad credit reports will run the chance of paying loans with high interest rates and shorter payment terms. If you want to improve your credit score, here are some useful things you should know: 

  • Get a copy of your credit report from the credit bureaus. It will be difficult to improve your credit score if you don’t know your current standing. Credit reports are given free once each year, but if you want to know your credit score then you have to pay minimal amount for it. FICO credit score is the most commonly used by creditors. There are three credit bureaus that can supply you with this score namely Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. 
  • Don’t accept all the pre-approved credit card offers. There are times when you will get this type of credit card offer in your mail and even online. Resist the temptation of responding to these offers because easily approved credit cards can affect your credit score. Whenever there’s an inquiry in on national credit bureaus, points are deducted from your score. Frequent and impulsive checking of your credit score can harm your score. 
  • Avoid transferring from one credit card to another. You may think the transferring your balance will not hurt you because you will receive 0% interest rate for a particular period of time. However, it will be much better if you don’t close your old credit card because long-stand credit card will look good in your credit report and may give you a good credit score too. 
  • Don’t miss out on due dates. Paying your bills on time and on a regular basis if you want to avoid credit score dings. For every late payment you make on your bills, it depicts a picture that you are not reliable. Keep in mind that a huge chunk of your credit score is based on your payment history. If creditors can see that you are a responsible in paying your bills, it can improve you credit score big time. 
  • Raise disputes when necessary. If you see that something is wrong in your credit report, make sure that you dispute it. If you have been a bad person as far as your creditors are concerned, you can get one bad thing out of the report yearly. You just need to be consistent in improving your credit scores. If there are negative notations on your credit report, make sure that you dispute these things. Be patient because it is not easy to remove any negative information on your credit reports. 

About the Author: The article is done by Mackenzie Sulivan, technology, seo and finance copywriter, guest blogger and web developer. She likes covering seo, technology and finance articles and news via online edition. She contributes to this site: 12 Month Loans from eMoneyBuddy.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Common Credit Score Myths Debunked

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Ahh myths...they are fun but, when they are about financial stability, they can cause quite the stir! With credit scores being more important today than ever before, it is no surprise that myths have started to form as the result of lack of knowledge about this topic. The truth is, most schools don't teach kids about credit cards and credit scores. When it's time to fend for ourselves financially, we try to just learn as we go. In this process, we often times take suggestions offered up by friends when the truth is, they know no more about the topic than we do. Well, today, I am writing this article to debunk the most common credit score myths! 

Myth #1: Will Checking My Credit Score Harm My Credit Scores?

Over time, I've been told by several people that if I check my credit score, it will harm my credit score. The truth is, this is definitely a myth. How is it that you would be able to manage your credit if your score went down every time you went to check it! Although, this myth does have a reasonable explanation. When consumers apply for loans, their credit is checked. As a result of this check, the credit score will be decreased. However, the decreases are small and consumers would have to apply for a few loans at a time to notice any huge changes. The bottom line is, negative changes as the result of a credit check only happen if the check is requested by a third party for the purpose of issuing credit. 

Myth #2: Is Closing My Credit Card A Bad Idea?

It is a widely thought idea that closing a credit card is a bad idea. But, is this always the case? This idea is a MYTH! Although it's not always a good idea to close a credit card, it's not always necessarily a bad idea either. There are many factors that determine your credit score. One of the factors is the average amount of time your credit cards have been opened. Therefore, every time you open a new credit card, the average time goes down and it causes a minor ding. But, if you open a new credit card and find out it's not something you enjoy, it's probably a good idea to close it, considering you have other accounts that have been opened for a while. As a matter of fact, in this case, it shouldn't do the slightest bit of damage and may have a positive impact. 

Myth #3: Are Lenders Willing To Help Consumers Through Rough Times?

It is a common misconception that lenders are evil corporations that don't care about us little guys. Without us little guys, the credit card companies would have absolutely nothing. So, even if they don't care about anything but the bottom line, it's in their best interest to help us out from time to time. As a matter of fact, many lenders have opened up financial hardship departments to provide a helping hand when needed. Learn more about credit card hardship programs here in an article I recently wrote for Top Finance Blog! 

Final Thoughts

When it comes to something so incredibly important as your credit score, it's important to believe nothing you hear without research. The truth is, if you are afraid to check your credit score, it's unlikely that you will build an excellent one. If you don't understand how closing a credit card may or may not change your score, it will be hard to manage reasonable amounts of debt and lines of credit. Finally, if you are afraid to ask your lender for assistance in the midst of hard times, you will find harder times to come in most financial hardship situations. This is why doing your research is so important!

About The Author, Joshua Rodriguez

This article was written by Joshua Rodriguez, proud owner and founder of CNA Finance and avid personal finance writer. This article was inspired by Joshua's most recent work, “How Long Does It Take To Improve Your Credit Score”. Join the discussion about credit scores or any personal finance topic of your choice on Google+!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Why a Credit Score Still Means Something at 50+

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There are many consumers of fifty years of age and over whose credit scores have been damaged in recent years by the fickle financial climate. On average however, those of us who are over 50 still have better credit scores on average than many. As we head into our retirement years though, it’s possible to become a little complacent about our credit ratings. We are debt free and not interested in borrowing any more, so what’s the big deal if our credit score “ ain't what it used to be?” Well, the truth is, it does matter, and for some very specific reasons you may not have thought of. 

We Should Still Be Diligent About Identity Theft

Though great measures have been incorporated into our society in order to prevent identity theft, it still occurs. The fact is, as vendors and lenders implement strategies to combat identity theft, thieves exert as much energy into figuring out how to get around them. Almost 10% of American households have at least one member who has fallen victim to this heinous crime, which continues to increase. (US Bureau of Justice)

Monitoring our credit reports and credit scores on a regular basis is an effective means of protecting ourselves against identity theft. If we check our credit report on a regular basis there is a greater chance of catching any irregular transactions before they can do much harm. Look for any new accounts that you did not open, credit card transactions, even loan applications that are not of your doing. Even an increase in the number of inquiries can expose fraudsters trying to open accounts in your name.

The Possibility of Medical Emergencies

As we get older there is a greater chance of us becoming ill. Maintaining a healthy credit score will ensure that we can get the loan we need if saddled with huge medical expenses. Many accounts that are in collection are there because of unpaid medical bills, in fact it is one of the most common reasons for debt. Our insurance may not cover everything, and it is comforting to know that the funds we may need for ourselves or our loved ones will be available if we need them.

Take Advantage of Better Insurance Rates

Many of us who are over 50 still need to pay auto and home insurance. There is a 2:1 chance that our insurer uses our credit score in determining how much they charge us and what discounts we qualify for. The higher our credit score is, the better our chance of receiving the best possible rates, savings we can put towards our retirement and the amenities we’d like to go with it! 

Better Employment Opportunities

Unfortunately many people over 50 have been forced to return to work in recent years. Anyone in that position needs every advantage they can get, and a good credit score is an ace to have up your sleeve. Many employers factor an applicants credit score into their decision making progress of who to hire. They feel a good credit score is an indication of responsibility and reliability. Though they need your permission to view it, refusing them access could lead them to believe you have something to hide, even if that’s not true. Consequently your chances of securing a senior position, or employment in general, could be jeopardized.

Though we may be over 50, it doesn’t pay to be complacent about something that affects so many different areas of our lives. Paying attention to our credit scores can save us embarrassment, hardship, and most of all, money!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

5 Tips to Restoring a Bad Credit Score

Good credit can open the door to many things, such as a nice home, a brand new vehicle, and furniture and electronics to furnish your home. It also allows you the opportunity to save money. However, bad credit keeps the door close to owning a home and saving money. Bad credit is a stain on many people’s credit reports that prevents them from obtaining many things.

Many people find themselves in a situation with bad credit due to a number of reasons, a loss of job, poorly paid jobs, lack of education, overspending, divorce, too many credit cards or debtors, health issues, etc. The list is long as to why many people find themselves in credit disarray. But there is a way to get out of the bad debt hole, and it’s by repairing your credit.

Credit repair can be a very long and complicated process that requires discipline and self-motivation. It also involves a basic and dramatic change in your spending habits. Many people can repair their credit by doing a number of things.

The first thing you can do is to obtain a copy of your credit report from the three major credit bureaus - Contact Transunion, Equifax, and Experian. Make sure you get a copy from all three of them. Often one of the bureaus will have information that the other one doesn’t. If you have recently been denied credit for whatever reason, you can obtain a free copy from each bureau. You can also sign up for a free trial with to view your credit report and credit score.

Carefully examine your credit reports for any inaccurate information. If you notice something that is not correct or current, contact the credit bureaus by mail to dispute the charges.

Contact the creditors listed on the report and try to arrange a payment plan. Most of them will work with you on a payment plan in order to pay the debt off. Many will offer a settlement, which will allow you to pay off the debt for an agreed upon amount that is a lot lower than the original debt amount. Make sure you get any settlement down in writing. Keep up your end of the settlement by setting up automatic payments. This will ensure that the exact payments are made to the creditors on-time. Before you agree to a payment plan, make sure you can make the payments.

Contact a free credit counseling credit debt management service to help you manage your bills, pay your creditors, and resolve your credit problems. Many people seek the assistance of companies like Advantage Credit Counseling Service to help them stay focus on repairing their credit and maintaining their improved credit. Advantage Credit Counseling Service offers free counseling for those who need to get out of debt.

Try changing your spending habits. Reevaluate your needs and wants. Look into downsizing to help reduce your budget. Carefully keep track of what you’re spending to see what things can be reduced or even eliminated. Focus on the long-term benefits of establishing and restoring your credit, and approach credit repair as a lifestyle change instead of a temporary fix.

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