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How Can I Keep a Good Credit Report?

If you need a sizable loan, a good credit report with a high personal credit score is the biggest factor in determining whether you will get that loan. Knowing about your credit score and how central it can be to your financial life is necessary in planning your financial future. A poor credit report is going to harm your chances of getting the loans to need, and could damage your credit score for years to come. Even getting accepted for a small loan will be difficult with a poor credit score. Keeping a good credit score can be done with a few steps, and will ensure that you are able to get the credit you need when you need it. Even if you

already have a good score, there are things you can do to make it better.

The first thing you will need to do is see your credit report for yourself. All consumers today are offered three free credit reports each year, one from each of the three main credit reporting agencies. This credit report holds all sorts of background information regarding your financial history, from previous accounts, to loans, and even inquiries on your credit. Checking this report is the first step to maintaining or even repairing your credit score as with it you will be able to see where there might be credit issues, which of your accounts should be updated, and any delinquencies that will need attention. There may be items on your report you may not be aware of, which is one of the best reasons to check it and check it often.

Besides checking your credit score, you should also avoid allowing credit inquiries to be made in your name, as each check on your credit is recorded on your report and can be held against you in a review. Applying for a loan should be done sparingly, again to keep these off your report. Avoid having several credit cards as this can be a red flag of potential financial issues. Credit cards and loans may seem to be the answer to financial problems, but they should be chosen carefully so as not to damage your credit score and burden yourself with even more debt. Different credit card accounts should be consolidated, and cards with lower interest rates should be sought out. Consider short-term loans like pay day loans only in emergencies, and be sure that you maintain any payments fir which you are liable. If you have various debts and accounts, consolidation can help you get them paid efficiently while increasing your score at the same time. Take our quiz and see if you have a good credit report, or may have issues you need to address.

Do you have a lot of outstanding debt?
Have you defaulted on any loans?
Are you often late on payments?
Do you have more than two credit cards?
Are you making only the minimum payments each month?
Are you making getting loans to pay off other loans?
Do you have to borrow money to meet your bills?
Have you been turned down for loans?
Are you frequently overdrawn?