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Credit Reports Explained

You are probably well aware of the impact that your credit report can have on your life. It can affect whether or not you can get the loan for your dream house, how much interest you pay or even how high your car insurance premiums will be. It is important for everyone to understand credit reports since they have such an affect on our lives.

If you have never taken a look at your credit report, you may be wondering what information is found on your report. A credit report will list your current debts and credit accounts. Your report will also contain a history of the inquiries on your credit report. It will list when you applied for credit.

A credit report includes a history of payment records for credit accounts. It will reflect late payments. The report will show how many days late it was in segments of: 30 days, 60 days and 90 days late. This is why it is so important to make payments on time each and every month. Your credit report will also show if you ever declared bankruptcy or if you have any judgments against you for unpaid debts. The credit report will also reflect any liens or garnishments against you.

It is so very important to work to have the best credit possible. There are so many places that may access your credit report if you sign an agreement allowing them to do so. Every time you apply for a loan from a bank or another lender, they will probably want to check your credit report. When you apply for a credit card or a merchant credit card or account, they will also want to see your credit report. Utility companies and cellular telephone companies will also want to see your credit report. Anytime you apply for a car loan or a mortgage, your credit report will be viewed. When you apply for car insurance and other insurance, they may want to check your credit report. If you have poor credit you may end up paying higher premiums.

As consumers we need to know what is in our credit report. It is a good idea to order a copy of your credit report from time to time. This will allow you to see what lenders see. You can pinpoint areas where you need improvement. In addition, you can look for any inaccuracies on your credit report. If you would happen to find any incorrect information, you can dispute this.

By understanding what your credit report shows and just how often you may be requested to authorize a check on your credit report, you can be more prepared to work on building good credit. It can affect whether or not you are approved for credit and loans if you have poor credit. Bad credit can also result in higher premiums and interest payments. Take the time to understand your own credit report so you can identify your strengths and weaknesses.

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