Understanding the credit score system
The best-known and most widely used credit score model in the United States is the Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) score and is calculated statistically with information from a consumer’s credit files.
It provides a snapshot of risk that banks and other institutions use to help make lending decisions. Applicants with higher FICO scores may be offered better interest rates on mortgage or automobile loans.
Visit annualcreditreport.com. This is the only authorized online source for totally free credit reports.
By federal law, you are entitled to a free credit report once every 12 months. This site gathers your information from each of the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and Transunion. Check your report and look for any misinformation. If you find an error, you should address and correct it right away with the individual credit bureaus.
Take these steps to improve your credit score:
•Always pay all bills on time, even if it means making only the minimum amount due. Your payment history counts for 35% of your FICO score, the most heavily weighted category.
•Pay down your outstanding debt. Lenders look at the amount you owe verses your credit limit on charge cards. If the amount you owe is close to the limit the company has set, it is likely to have a negative effect on your score. You can also ask for a higher line of credit to change the ratio, but don’t be tempted to increase your outstanding balance.
•Don’t start applying for more credit cards or other types of loans while you are house hunting.
Here are the main credit bureaus:
P.O. Box 740241
Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
P.O. Box 9556
Allen, TX 75013
Transunion Consumer relations
P.O. Box 2000
Chester, Pa 19022-2000
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