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With all this competition for credit, housing, and even jobs, it’s natural to wonder how your own credit score compares to everyone else’s. We’ve got the inside scoop on how you stack up in the wild world of credit. Ready to find out?
Lenders, such as banks and credit card companies, use credit scores to evaluate the potential risk posed by lending money to consumers and to mitigate losses due to bad debt. Lenders use credit scores to determine who qualifies for a loan, at what interest rate, and what credit limits. Lenders also use credit scores to determine which customers are likely to bring in the most revenue. The use of credit or identity scoring prior to authorizing access or granting credit is an implementation of a trusted system.
Do you mean an authorized user? (A co-signer generally uses his or own good credit to help someone with little or no credit history get a card, while an authorized user is allowed to use an account but has no responsibility for paying it off.) And yes, your poor credit could hurt him. Another way to help him get a credit history would be to get a secured card. Here are a couple of Credit.com resources that may be useful to you:
The score is calculated with information available at that time. Since your information fluctuates each month (balances, age of accounts etc.) your score fluctuates. It sounds like you have an excellent score and those small differences won’t mean anything when it comes to getting the best rates. So I wouldn’t worry about it if I were you.
I’m a big advocate for personal responsibilty — so nothing I’m about to say is shedding any fault away from myself, but I didn’t grow up in a family that was…remotely…responsible when it came to paying bills on time or spending within their means. When they were poor, only the most threatening bill was paid first. When they were making over $300k a year, they spent $.99 out of every dollar.
Alternatively, consumers wishing to obtain their credit scores can in some cases purchase them separately from the credit bureaus or can purchase their FICO score directly from FICO. Credit scores (including FICO scores) are also made available free by subscription to one of the many credit report monitoring services available from the credit bureaus or other third parties, although to actually get the scores free from most such services, one must use a credit card to sign up for a free trial subscription of the service and then cancel before the first monthly charge. Websites like WalletHub, Credit Sesame and Credit Karma provide free credit scores with no credit card required, using the TransUnion VantageScore 3.0 model. Until March 2009, holders of credit cards issued by Washington Mutual were offered a free FICO score each month through the bank’s Web site. (Chase, which took over Washington Mutual in 2008, discontinued this practice in March, 2009.)Chase resumed the practice of offering a free FICO score in March, 2010 of select card members to the exclusion of the majority of former WAMU card holders.
Why are credit scores so different between each credit reporting agency? Mine are about 70 points different. I have a year of on time payments, but score is still in the 600 area, no credit previously.
mike, When signed into law by President Obama in 2009, the Credit Card Act – sometimes called the “Credit Card Holder Bill of Rights” – was the most significant federal consumer financial reform in decades. The goal of this legislature was to ensure fairness and transparency for consumers with cards. For full details( use keyword(s) “credit card act” in your preferred search engine.
As far as your credit situation goes, if your credit cards are maxed and you’re having trouble making all of your payments, I would recommend you at least talk with a nonprofit credit counseling agency to see whether they can help you get those credit card payments down see you can make progress and start seeing progress on your credit scores as well. This article discusses that option: Does Credit Counseling Work?
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A credit score is a numerical expression based on a level analysis of a person’s credit files, to represent the creditworthiness of an individual. A credit score is primarily based on a credit report information typically sourced from credit bureaus.
Because a significant portion of the FICO score is determined by the ratio of credit used to credit available on credit card accounts, one way to increase the score is to increase the credit limits on one’s credit card accounts.
A charge-off is when the lender decides that you will be unable to pay them the money that you owe, so they write the amount off as a loss. Many times these charge off accounts will then be sold to a collections office. Either way it happens, however, it will definitely leave a negative mark on your credit score, and even a collection can stay on your credit file for seven years.
I know some of these score factors can seem very frustrating. First of all, it sounds like you are on the right track in terms of getting your credit together after your divorce. So congratulations for that.
A typical day at wok included everyone constantly looking over your shoulder watching everything you do. I learned how to deal with difficult co-workers that expected me to do more work than humanly possible in 8 hours for horrible pay. The managers treated their employees like children.Some people that just got hired were making more than me and I was there for 4 years. Some co-workers were awesome people that would help with anything you needed and others used their seniority to their advantage to make you do their work for them. The hardest part of my job was dealing with the managers and upper level co-workers. The most enjoyable part of my job was the co-workers that would go above and beyond to help.
Even if you have no plans to borrow right now, good credit can come in handy in case of a medical emergency or in the event you want to buy a house or car and need to finance it. But if credit cards make you uncomfortable, you don’t need them for good credit. Good luck to you.
my house, paid for. car paid for, work truck paid for, I keep credit cards in the single digits utilization, currently less than 2%. My score is 753. whatever, I don’t need to buy a car or house or take out a loan to raise my score! geez, I still use 0% cards, usually with $100 or so bonus then more rewards. I only established any kind of score a couple years ago, reports said I had no history…takes time & for sure never miss a payment, maybe couple more years I might get up to 780?
Hard Inquiries: Hard inquiries occur when you apply for new credit. They remain on your credit report for two years, though they impact your credit score less and less as time passes. Checking your own credit will not impact your credit score.
Though i make over $100,000 a year, I make absolutely no effort to maintain a credit score because it is impossible to do it legally. Instead, I pay corrupt credit repair companies if I have to make a big purchase to illegally raise my score and do as much in cash as possible.
Yeah, yeah, everybody’s a winner…we know. But seriously, what good is having your FICO score if you don’t know what the number means on the overall reporting scale? Maybe you have a 740 FICO score. If the maximum score is 750, you’re pretty much a credit genius. If the max is over 1,000 you’re sporting a “C” average – not really all that impressive.
Credit scores are decision-making tools that lenders use to help them anticipate how likely you are to repay your loan on time. Credit scores are also sometimes called risk scores because they help lenders assess the risk that you won’t be able to repay the debt as agreed.
That is so true. I am proved to the Credit bureau that a billed is not mind. They still did not changed it. I did what Juanita suggested. I paid off everything then my score came down. Now I save up money and buy the items or use layaway. As I said before Operator head space. (JIJO). Creditors want your credit to be bad so that they can charge you higher interest rates.
I’m not sure what you are doing that results in your score. Perhaps it’s because you haven’t had credit with the same companies for long enough? My score is 819. I don’t have a car loan or a mortgage either, and have never paid late. I also don’t have a student loan. Perhaps it was credit related to your divorce? By the way, my credit score was 794 for a long time because I got a new credit card. Now that all my credit cards are at least 6 years old, and one is over 20 years old, they raised my score.
The marginal benefit of moving from a good credit score to an excellent one is important for getting the best interest rates on the largest and highest-quality loans. My advice is to make the personal finance choices that earn you an excellent score. Beyond that, what drives the decision? Ego? Vanity? Bragging rights? Who’s to say what is rational, if you believe the benefit outweighs the cost.
After reading this blog I can see that the average American has no clue as to how credit and credit scores work. If you don’t know how something works it is very hard to fix, or improve, it. No wonder the country is in such a poor financial shape.
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You can begin rebuilding your credit by ensuring all the information on your credit report is accurate. If any information is inaccurate, you may file a dispute. If negative information is accurate, you won’t be able to have it removed from your credit report until it cycles off. Meanwhile, you can take actions to improve any poor credit habits that caused the negative information to appear on your report in the first place.
I understand where you’re coming from, however you make it seem as though most of us are put in a situation where we are always asking to borrow money. I mean seriously, who likes owing someone else money. Most, if not all, credit card companies send out information about why you should obtain their credit cards and borrow their money. They also put the high spiked interest rates so that it takes longer to pay and collect more money over time. One of the main problems is the fact that you have to have an available credit balance that’s 10,000 dollars plus in order to possibly get over 700, in which time would barley put you in the “good” credit bracket. The only way to obtain that is if you’re making six figures if not that then the extremely high 5 figures. And at that point would there really be any need to have that type of credit balance. What’s happening is their giving money to people who don’t need it and calling it high risk to people who do. I currently make six figures but i refuse to get a lot of credit because of this ignorant outlook on these so called powerful companies.
With all of the scores listed above, the higher the number, then the lower the risk. With that being said, consumers with higher scores are more likely to get approved for credit than those with lower scores. Additionally, they also tend to get the best interest rates when they do. And they are more likely to get discounts on insurance. What is considered a “high” score depends on what type of score is being used.
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When determining if you are a good candidate, a lender will look at your credit scores. Most lenders use FICO scores, but some lenders are starting to look at VantageScores as well to further determine your future financial risk if they were to extend an offer of credit to you.
After a little back and forth we settled on a 6 year loan of 30k at 4.25% interest. Sounds great but that interest is front end loaded and guarantees the Union will make about 3k by the time I pay them back. I accept this as the price of doing business. At 10 or 15 years that 3k would increase substantially. I wanted a 7 year loan they countered with 6 hoping I would take the 10. I didn’t need to do the math. I was expecting 5 and i would have taken that. I pretended to take 24hr to think about it. So here I sit with 30k and can’t find a damn decent contractor to do any work!! Oh the irony of life… By my calculations, this loan and my wife’s handling of my Paypal account and 1 credit card should secure me a 750-790 within the next 5 years. I am not one who likes to dwell on financial issues and I thank God every day for my wife and her keeping of our finances. To those of you who are young and just starting out… The best advice I can offer is to live within your means. You do not have to keep up with anyone. A home is a home. If I had millions I still wouldn’t move. Get a credit card that you can pay off monthly or keep a very small balance. SAVE, SAVE, and SAVE. Do not invest in anything! The stock market is going to CRASH BAD within the next 10 years. keep your 401k’s in the lowest safest place they can be. Do not listen to the BS of riding it out for the long run…. I saw people loose fortunes. Lastly and most importantly,—— KNOW your NEEDS from your WANTS…. You will be amazed by what you could live without…. Good Luck
But trying to pin down a specific number that means your credit score is “good” can be tricky. After all, there are lots of different credit scores that lenders use when trying to decide whether to grant you a loan. What one lender may view as a “good” score may fall into another lender’s “fair” credit category. (Not to mention, you may score differently from model to model.)
If you want to buy a car, you won’t get the best rates, but dealerships are accustomed to credit-challenged customers, says NerdWallet auto writer Phil Reed. Chances are you can get some wheels if you have enough income to make payments. “Auto loans are different, with a bit more flexibility than other loans, mainly because the car is the collateral,” Reed said. His advice: Be patient and compare offers. Loans targeted at those with subprime credit can be unreasonably costly.
Ultimately, what’s considered a good or fair credit score will depend on how the lender views it, but you can get an idea of how lenders are likely to view your applications by checking your score and seeing how it compares to others.
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I love this question, because it allows us to discuss the underlying economic way of thinking about personal finance in general and credit scores in particular. In economics, we weigh costs and benefits and assume rational decision-makers will only choose to do those things for which the benefits exceed the cost. Further, we make decisions on the margin considering only the next choice, not all or past choices.
The FICO site also says that 19.9 percent of Americans have a score over 800 and 34.8 percent have a score between 700 and 799. All in all, 54.7 percent of Americans fall into the “Good” or “Excellent” categories, while 21.9 percent are under 600 in the “Bad” category.
It is important to have some type of credit history. You can get a small credit limit card, and since you have a low credit score, you might only qualify for one that you have to pay an annual fee for. Start somewhere, keep your balance low, pay off monthly, and in a few years, you will have enough credit and history to be able to get any type of loan you need. On just a 250$ credit limit and 7 years with that one card, I overcame my delinquencies (which happened actually about 4 years ago) and got a score of 697. My score took me a few years to bring up, because I had no idea about keeping utilization low until about 5 months ago. If you follow all the correct advise, your score can be up in mid 600s in about a year. You can do it too. Just be consistent.
Rather than putting money into an account and then borrowing against it (which will entail interest payments), a person should apply for a secured credit card and pay off the balance in full each month. This will help build credit. Once a credit history is established, then decide if you want to apply for a few other credit cards in order to build a more substantial credit history.
If you follow all the advice and information as outlined in this article, you will have a solid foundation of knowledge to build from when it comes to obtaining and maintaining a good credit score and securing a healthy financial future.
Stephanie – It depends on what’s bringing down your credit scores. If you get your free credit score from Credit.com you will also get an action plan for your credit. It will suggest next steps. (It’s truly free – no credit card required.) Does that sound like a reasonable next step to you?
Your credit score is inflated. That usually happens to first time credit holders. While your score may be high, you don’t have a long credit history, which is a big thing people look for. It’s better to have had credit for 5 years with a score of 700, than to have a credit history up to a year with a score of 750.
To take the right steps to boost your score, you need to start by understanding the basics of credit scores. The FICO credit score is the most widely used score in lending decisions and ranges from 300 to 850. A FICO score of 750 to 850 is considered excellent, and those with a score in that range have access to the lowest rates and best loan terms, according to myFICO.com, the consumer division of FICO. A score of 700 to 749 is good, and those with a score in this range will likely be approved for loans but might pay a slightly higher interest rate. A score of 650 to 699 is considered fair, and those with a score in this range will pay higher rates and could even be declined for loans and credit, according to myFico.com.
I had the same problem! I saw that my credit score was high so I was thinking hmmm why not go and apply for a credit card, thought I could manage it but then temptation got out of hand. So my credit score is EXTREMELY low, very shortly after opening up the accounts. Its good to know that if I just pay off the balances and keep the balance lower than 30% my credit will shoot back up 🙂
Even if your score is in the low 500s, you may still be able to get credit, but it will come with very high interest rates or with specific conditions, such as depositing money to get a secured credit card. You may have to pay more for car insurance or put down deposits on utilities.
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You have a FICO Credit Score for each of the three credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian, and Transunion. Each of these scores is based on different information that each of the bureaus has for you, and as mentioned above, this available information may very well differ from bureau to bureau.
There is no excuse to living paycheck to paycheck (save a terrible accident or terminal illness..), if you overspend, don’t budget, don’t plan ahead then it is YOUR fault that your credit score and life situation aren’t as good as they can be.