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Where Are You On The Credit Score Range?

There is a range used to define credit scores that the credit bureaus use. The score can be between 300 and around 850. The Fair Isaac Corporation uses the same type of scoring system.

The range is quite diverse. You will want to have a higher number such as 700-800 so that you can obtain credit easily. If you have a very low score such as 300, you will have a great deal of difficulty obtaining credit.

However, take this information with a grain of salt. The score does not provide the entire picture. Most creditors look at a multitude of variables before making a decision about credit worthiness.

If you have a good credit score of about 700 or higher you are considered an excellent risk and will most likely be granted credit with very low interest rates.

Even if you have a score in the 600 range, you should not have any trouble obtaining credit. You should not have to pay high interest rates for a loan.

The range of 600 to 680 is considered average. The majority of people across the country have this range. You will most likely obtain credit approval but may have stricter rules and standards for the loan.

A low credit score is a bit more complicated. If you have a score below 600, you certainly can get a loan but at a higher interest rate. There are certainly lending institutions that will offer you loans, but they will be on their terms. You may feel like they have all the power, and actually they do because they can deny you credit.

If you have a very low score you may have some trouble obtaining credit but, you will most likely find a lending institution that will lend you money, or give you credit, for a price. A very high price! You may think, is it worth it?

It may not be. You may want to wait and save your money rather than borrowing from them. Or, you may want to improve your credit by borrowing from them and paying them back right away, so you do not end up paying high interest charges.

Or, you may want to pay more than what the monthly requirement is. The credit card company mostly likely will keep track of the payments you make and will hopefully take notice when you pay more than just the minimum requested. You want to show them you deserve more credit since you voluntarily pay more than you would have to and that you are a good credit risk.

Some people say that credit cards are a necessary evil because you never know when you may have an emergency and not have any money.


How To Improve Your Credit Score

We all get reminders in the mail by the way of a bill to make our monthly payments. The monthly credit card statement will show our purchases over the last month. Make sure you review it to make sure there are no errors or information that is incorrect. If you are interested in obtaining more credit and apply for a higher limit and are denied, you may want to look at your credit score.

If you have no idea what your credit is, request a copy of your credit report and review it. Make sure all the information is correct. If there are errors you will want to contact the agency and let them know. They will then ask you to submit a letter asking for the information to be corrected and why.

Then check back in 30 days, to make sure the information has been corrected. If not, you will need to write them another letter. This may end up being an involved process because you usually have to write to them several times, before the information is corrected.

There are ways that you can improve your credit rating such as making your payments on time and keeping the balance on your credit cards low. You will need to work on improving your credit card, as there is no quick fix.

If you want to obtain more credit there are ways you can do this .It is best to request a higher limit on your current card rather than collecting more cards. You certainly can collect more cards, but you are still responsible for making those payments and it will not help your credit score.

Most likely the lower your credit score the higher the interest payment. You will end up paying more money. Also you may end up with a lot of credit cards with little to no balances on them which will not help you either. Creditors are looking for history of payments. If you use the card, they want to make sure you are making payments in a timely fashion and are meeting or exceeding the payment requested.

You may want to pay more than the minimum monthly requirement. The credit card company keeps track of your payments and will take note if you are able to pay more than the amount requested. This will demonstrate to them that you deserve more credit because you are choosing to pay more than you have to.

If you continually request an increase in your credit limit and keep getting denied you will need to inquire as to why and what you can do to improve your credit score. You may be surprised by the response as your creditor may have incorrect or outdated information.


Understanding Your Credit Score

If you are not aware of your credit score and plan on applying for a credit card or buy a house, you will certainly find out your credit score quickly. Your lender will request that information.

Your credit score is based on a variety of elements including your history of making payments, the amount of debt that you have, how long you have obtained credit, if you are a new creditor and the types of credit you have had and used in the past.

The 3 large credit bureaus, Equifax, Trans Union and Experian, manage and formulate the credit scores. Each one has a different means of determining the individual’s overall credit score.

As you know, or will find out your credit score is very important. When a lender is considering loan money to you, they put themselves at risk that you will not pay them back in a timely fashion or at all. However, they are collecting interest, which is essentially how they are paid back.

So the creditor is investigating you to determine if you are a good credit risk or not. They will request your credit score and then make that determination.

If you have a low credit score you will pay a higher interest rate and you will have a harder time obtaining credit. However, a high credit score will mean lower rates and low monthly payments.

Credit scores are an easy way for lenders to obtain a lot of information about quickly so that they can make a fast decision. If you are applying for a loan, you will certainly want to know as quickly as possible if you are approved or not.

The object is to keep credit scoring objective free. So decisions are not made based on a person’s sex, religion or other factors which may be perceived as discriminatory.

This helps streamline the process and make it quick and relatively painless for everyone involved.

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