Unfortunately these days having a credit checking system is as important as having car insurance. Luckily there are some agencies that will give you a free credit score instantly. There are many reasons why you would want a free credit score. Maybe you are looking into renting an apartment or buying a house. Maybe you need an auto loan. Or maybe you just want to keep an eye on your credit to make sure your identity is still safe. Whatever the reasons may be here is a quick guide on interpreting credit report scores.
With a free credit report you will be able to see all 3 credit scores from the top 3 major credit bureaus. The top 3 major credit bureaus are Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union. What you are looking for are your overall FICO score as well as any blemishes on your record to determine if you identity has been stolen.
In order to determine what your FICO score means you can think of it like a report card for adults. An “A” will get you lower interest rates on credit cards, loans, and other financing. A “D” or an “F” means you may be denied for even the smallest things, such as a phone line. That is why it is so important to find out what you score.
So to make it simpler I will use FICO scores in terms of grades. The FICO score maximum is 850, although that is pretty tough to get. If your credit score is at 760 or above your grade would be an “A”. Anything that is above a credit score 700 would be considered a “B”. A credit score 600 or above would be considered a “C” and anything that is below a 600 would be considered a “D” or an “F”.
So how do you improve your credit rating? There are a few things you will want to keep in mind. First of all every time someone looks into your credit it adversely affects your credit score. Do your research and find out which companies you want to apply for credit with before sending out too many applications. You will also want to keep in mind that the more credit you have, the lower your score will be.
Some people get a credit card because of the 0% APR for a certain period of time, then as soon as that period expires they move on to another credit card offer and cancel the first credit card. This is a mistake as creditors are looking for long history with companies.
There are a lot of myths surrounding credit scores and you need to ignore them! A good credit score is not a reflection of your financial health. In this video, I break down three common myths that people believe about their credit score.
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