Do you know the importance of establishing a good credit rating? If you are looking to buy a new home, or car you need to have a better understanding of how you finance your purchases and how you manage your money.
Companies want to know they are investing in someone who will pay them back and pay on time. Before any company will finance you they will review your credit rating and credit score. They want to know if you constantly have late payments, accounts in collections, or ever filed bankruptcy. Any of these and your attempts to finance your purchase may very well be impossible.
If you work at establishing good credit before you actually need it you will have a much better chance of getting the finance you need, somewhere down the road! You don’t want red flags on your credit score, learn these basic credit habits and improve their peace of mind and your credit score.
Practice these tips to get lower interest rates and better deals the next time you finance a purchase:
1.) On Time All the Time!
This one sounds so simple, yet so many people neglect to pay their bills when their due. Potential lenders are going to have a hard time believing you will pay them on time if your credit report shows you constantly miss payment deadlines. Why would lenders finance your purchase when you present a credit risk? Get into the habit of paying at least the minimum that’s due and pay it early!
2) Credit Cards Balance is the Key!
To appear in the best light the next time you apply for assistance to finance your purchase use credit cards wisely. Two to four is the recommended amount Too many credit cards and you won’t be able to pay them off, too little and you might not have enough credit history.
3) Check your Credit Report Yourself!
Credit reports are issued from three major credit bureaus: Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax. To make sure when you finance your next purchase that they are accurate, you should be keeping a constant watch on your finances. To make sure your finance report is accurate check every three months. If there are any mistakes inform them immediately.
Remember having good credit is about much more than bragging rights. If your finances are not in order your dream home may stay just that…..a dream. Establish good credit habits now. As you finance your purchases work on using the tips above and repairing any bad credit you already have. You will reap the rewards!