Archive for September, 2011
All those of you waiting eagerly to start a family, hold on for a while. Have you checked out on your credit scores? If you have not, it is worthwhile to do it now before you venture out to begin a new life. Even if you have a family and kids, it is advisable to get an in depth credit check of your every family member online to achieve a stable family financial position. In order to get a good family credit score, all you need to do is try to better each of your credit scores taken together taking the help of the national average and rectifying any mistake that you notice on checking your credit records and updating them time to time.
Whether you are about to get married or expecting a little bundle of joy at home it is necessary to have a tete-a-tete about your individual credit scores and how to improve them and start your savings plans before your new venture begins.
Get Yourself the Perfect Score
Sit together and discuss what the credit score of your family should be and how to strive to achieve it at any cost. After deciding on the target score that each adult member above the age of 18 are entitled to, it is essential to have a discussion on fiscal responsibilities such as credit loans, debts and the likes. While you check your scores online, make your kids to participate in the discussion telling them what to do and what not to do.
Go through the National Average Credit Scores
In order to understand your credit scores, you need to first check out on the National Average Scores and Records, based on which you can gauge whether your credit scores have dropped or remained the same by having a look at them online. The National Average Credit Score in accordance with the Experian Information Solutions is 692. Obviously obtaining the Perfect Score is a tough job, but if you possess a score that is at par with or higher than the national average you are in a god position related to credit scores.
Update Your Credit Score and Erase Unnecessary Content
Rectifying any mistake that lies in your report by getting in touch with the reporting firms or companies is an absolute essential thing to do. First, the credit card companies; then followed by the reporting companies should all be informed about any change in your credit score or mistakes, if any. Even after notifying these agencies, it is better to check out yourself to see whether the changes have been effected and solve financial problems like an unpaid debt by a combined couple effort.
Are you among those who are desperately on the lookout for a credit card after being rejected quite a number of times? If you are oblivious about the new rules and regulations with regard to the credit card industry, it would be better to check out some information on the same, before you carry on your credit card hankering venture.
Very few people applying for new credit cards have the knowledge that owning a number of credit cards can pose an obstacle in the way of obtaining a new one. However, what is the reason behind this and what is the solution?
Stop Applying after a Few Refusals
If you have been refused credit cards on a number of instances, chances are your name will be among the default borrowers’ credit data. In such cases, you should stop applying immediately and gear yourself up to check on the reasons for so many refusals at any of the three credit reference agencies of the United States. While checking your reports, look for reasons that are less severe and can be erased on request by the agencies. However, if your name has some inimical information on your past credit scores, then these cannot be removed.
Know the Facts- Best Deals are for Those with Good Past Credit Score
The credit report encompasses all the payments that you have made to different institutions, from banks and credit cards to other financial organizations including your building society. Obviously, they will have a record of any payment that has been delayed or missed on completely. On inspection of these records, the lenders list the persons whom they would be lending and whom they will not. At times, they do lend in cases of missed payment in lieu of greater interest rates.
So now that you are aware of the procedures that go on for your credit card refusals, if you get a couple of them, it is best not to apply for the best deal ones. Instead, it is still better to apply for those with a little higher interest rates as the former is sure to be refused again.
Finally, if you wish to better your credit scores, make it a point to make the payment every month at the scheduled time.
Given the fact that all individuals today are conversant with the necessity of a credit report and the vital credit score, it is equally vital to have an idea of the scoring models. For those still in the dark about what credit score models are, the simple answer could be that the institutions that deal in loans, financing and the like have a fixed procedure to calculate the credit scores for applicants to the same. Every credit bureau has a separate model of credit scoring that is adopted by the authorities in question.
Companies do not Stick to a Specific Model
As a consumer, you cannot be predictive that a company will stick to a specific model for a certain period. It might just be that your friend got a loan sanctioned at a score lower than your current one but you are rejected on applying! Do not be surprised. This is just a norm that the companies reevaluate their scoring models over time. It also signifies that despite changes in scoring models on part of FICO, an independent company has the right to stick to its previous model. Thus, now you know why your bank has been following the older model still.
As consumers, you shall not be intimated every time your lender adopts an updating or change in scoring systems. They simply are not entitled to make public announcements about modifications in scoring models. One positive aspect in this regard is that as a consumer you have the right to request information of the scoring model in use by the lender.
Why does Remodeling Occur?
An interesting question, this is best answered by the reason that the credit score developing bodies change score model dynamics to predict the risk associated with the credit given out. In the contemporary economic situation, there is a huge risk associated with individuals who fail to pay as per stipulated deadlines. They also tend to apply for credit more frequently. Unless the lender revises score models, a past score can easily make defaulters avail the benefits of fresh credit sanctions. This would spell doom for the lenders in turn!
With latest trends in the credit market like credit cards and the like, it becomes necessary to incorporate these into the evaluation checkboxes for credit score calculation. The remodeling is necessary to keep track of modern inputs and developments for better gauging of the credit situation.
Remember, how hard you tried to get the negative entry off your credit report? The long wait of months to erase out the negative credit entry seems so futile when you wake up expecting to find a clean credit report only to see the older entries having found their way back suddenly! This is a situation, which is not very rare for most individuals. Careful monitoring is required to keep track of the entries in the credit report. Since one negative entry can mar the entire credit score, it is always better to be on the watch. Here is a short brief on the misconceptions related to these credit entry disputes and their removals.
Sometimes there is solid justification behind the re entry of the negative credit entries. Once a debt entry has been removed, it does not warrant that it has disappeared in totality. Until the statute of limitations are in force and remain valid, the entry can be treated as valid.
When a consumer applies for getting a credit entry corrected or withdrawn on grounds that it is unfair, the FCRA orders the concerned authorities to make an investigation. In case the required proof is not submitted then, the disputed entry is deleted and a copy of the same is forwarded to the authority in question and the individual as well. However, as fine print, a clause remains that under reasonable circumstances, the entry may reappear and in this case, the credit bureau has immunity to legal action on grounds of this clause.
Steps Suggested to Deal with Reappearance of Removed entries
Here is what you can do in case a deleted entry re surfaces on your credit report:
- File a fresh dispute claim
- Request a fresh investigation with the credit report agencies
- Go to court against the concerned credit
However, it is always to be remembered that debt details rarely find their way back. A company does not have the resources to stick to the entry of a single person when there are thousands of persons incurring fresh debts on a daily basis. Also, you should remain wary of tax lien entries. These are highly tough to remove. Various authorities function at their own paces and under their own policies. Now that you have a fair idea of reinsertions and the like, you are well equipped to tackle these as well. All the best- it is not all too intimidating a situation.