Your Credit Renaissance
Credit is a recorded history of a person's financial culpability. If it is wrought with late payments and continued debt, major product and service providers are less likely to engage in business with you. It's important to keep your record as immaculate as possible and one must be constantly vigilant to do so. This is a difficult task and the best way to maintain a good credit image is to stay informed and remain alert.
Know your history. Your credit report tells your financial story, from the cars you have to the loans you've owed and owe. If you come across something that seems unfamiliar it's not that uncommon. Identity theft and fraudulent spending is more common than ever and deserves attention, inquiring about it may be your only defense against having unjustly bad credit. You can request a free annual report from the credit bureau or at www.annualcreditreport.com.
Know your card limit. Credit cards with no limit are reported as maxed out, so you should find a credit card with a limit. Be aware of the card's limitations and stay well below them. An intelligent way of doing this is to transfer enough of the payment into another card, making sure the other card has a low rate, to balance them into two payments.
Don't make an exit too soon. As enticing (and advantageous) as it appears to drop a credit card account that is currently not in use, it will actually work against you if you are not timely and have not had the card for at least two years. Unless you have at six accounts open with other companies, hold the unused account with the prudence not to use it. Just think about the small interest loan you can get for a beautiful home, if you ever get tempted to leave.
Minimize the effects of late payments. Even the most passionately punctual payment planners can make a late payment. You must hold yourself to a high standard of on-time payments, this will make it easier for companies to forgive and erase other accidental late payments.
Get rid of collections A.S.A.P. Those agencies that constantly harass you about payments also besmirch your credit score every time you're delinquent on your payments. These companies can do no good for your credit and should be paid and left immediately. Overdue payments will be as obvious as a black eye on your pristine record. Dissolve your relationship with them as quickly as possible through on time or even overpayments.
Charge-offs are damaging. Getting the simple term "charge-off" on your credit report can be the "nail in the coffin" for your credit. Charge-off means that a credit company has had an unsuccessful transaction with you where they didn't receive return on their investment. This is an unfortunate circumstance and damning in the realm of credit. This circumstance can be avoided by practical investments payment management.
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