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THREE FREE PEEKS AT YOUR CREDIT REPORT

 

Your Initial Financial Plan:

 


Looking For a CPA, Lawyer or Financial Advisor who has worked with lots of other newlyweds and is familiar with the issues that affect you?  

Are you aware that you can now get a free copy of your credit report three times per year?    

Currently, three companies, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, track everyone's credit histories.  Banks, lenders, retailers, landlords, and other "credit grantors" use credit reports generated by these companies to determine your creditworthiness.

Your credit report reflects quite a bit of information about you and your financial affairs.  The bulk of your credit report focuses on your various loans and credit card accounts. Included is the name of each of your creditors, as well as the type of account, the minimum monthly payment, the account's limit or high balance, and the current outstanding balance.

Your credit report also includes the most recent twenty-four month payment history for each creditor, showing whether each month's payments were current, delinquent, or in default.

Another section on your credit report details inquiries that were made by potential creditors.  In this section, the name of the creditor and the date of inquiry are listed for each request that has been made.

Your credit report also reflects "public records" such as tax liens, bankruptcies, and judgments made against you.  Most public records remain part of your credit history for seven to ten years.  If you have any tax liens, they won't be removed from your credit report until they are paid off.

Improving Your Credit Score

Based on the information from your credit report, your credit score is calculated.  By planning ahead, you can take certain steps to improve your score.   Start by paying your bills on time, since potential creditors frown upon people who are continually late with their payments.

Next, keep an eye on the total amount of available credit you have and how much of your available credit is outstanding.  If you have access to lots of credit, or if your outstanding debt exceeds 75% of your available credit, your credit score will probably be affected.

You should also try to minimize the number of inquiries that show up on your credit report.  Lots of inquiries can be interpreted to mean that you're having financial difficulties.

Finally, review your credit report periodically and immediately dispute any inaccuracies that you find.  The current system is far from perfect, and mistakes, unfortunately, are not uncommon.  Your best bet is to fix any problems soon after they arise and well before anyone will be looking at your credit report.

Obtain a Free Credit Report

The best way to find out how your credit report looks is to order one.  You can now order three free credit reports per year - one from each credit bureau - through www.annualcreditreport.comAfter reviewing your report, make it a priority to take the steps necessary to improve your credit score. 

 

 

 

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