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Maintaining A Good Credit History



How to Maintain Good Credit

Your good credit rating is one of the most valuable financial tools you can possess. You have to maintain that good rating. Follow the following procedure to keep your good credit rating.

  • Do not spend more than you can afford and responsibly pay off your debts. Try not to buy things just becuase they look good, but come the end of the month you won't be able to pay for it.

  • Pay all you bils on time, and in the correct amounts.

  • Avoid overextending your credit Unsolicited credit cards that arrive by mail may be tempting to use, but credit card debt mounts up quickly. Stay within your credit limit to avoid penalties and reserve available credit for emergencies.

  • Make infrequent requests for additional credit. Your credit file shows how many inquiries have been made about you recently from credit issuers. Keep your inquiries less than five per year.

  • If you encounter any problems repaying your debts, contact the creditor and explain the situation. Creditors will often work with you to come up with an alternate payment arrangement.

  • Make sure your credit report is accurate. It's important to check your credit file at least once a year to make sure it's accurate and up to date. Lenders use this report as the basis for your credit score.


Actively Monitor and Manage Your Credit Record

While the most obvious thing you can do to build a solid credit history is to pay your bills on time, you can also take steps to protect your credit standing and make sure your credit report is accurate.

Mistakes on your credit record--sometimes mistaken identities--can cloud your credit future. Your credit rating is important, so be sure credit bureau records are complete and accurate. The Fair Credit Reporting Act says that you must be told what's in your credit file and have any errors corrected.

Review your credit reports periodically and check for inaccurate, incomplete or outdated information. Dispute this information, in writing, with the credit bureaus.

Instead of having to order and review your credit report yourself, if you subscribe to Credit Monitoring Service you will be notified automatically of any changes within your credit profile. Such to include recent inquires, derogatory items, fraud, and see if someone else is using your name. bureau.




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