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Credit Score: The Significance of it

The credit score is a number based on credit report statistics. It is a brief account of the creditworthiness of a person and it helps determine whether that person is eligible for financing. It also is necessary to determine how well a person is at paying off monthly obligations.

Usually the number of a person’s credit score is based on information on file with certain credit bureaus. It is a number that is often used by lenders such as banks and credit card companies to determine how credit worthy a person really is.

Other companies that use a person’s credit score to determine how trustworthy they are with money include the following:

  • Mobile phone companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Employers
  • Landlords
  • Internet service providers
  • Retail stores

In just about any situation such as when a person applies for a “90 day same as cash” loan to pay off furniture a credit check is often done. This often requires a look at a person’s credit score in order to determine if a person could truly pay off a loan within 90 days.

Interpretations

The most common and most valuable credit score interpretation is FICO. This is a number that typically ranges from 350 to 850. The number 723 is the median FICO score for Americans, and is considered above average/excellent.

Anyone that has a credit score ranging from 620 to 640 is considered a person who has a pretty good credit. Anyone below 620 is considered someone with fair to poor credit.

This FICO number is based on a variety of aspects such as:

  • Outstanding debts
  • Debt to income ratio
  • Number of open accounts
  • Number of inquiries

Other types of credit scores used today are the Experian PLUS scores which range from 330 to 830 and the VantageScore which ranges from 501 to 990. The concept is pretty much the same as the FICO number range and it is a measure of a person’s creditworthiness.

Myths about Credit Reports Revealed

Online there was just recently a report about credit reports that I found very interesting. It explains false beliefs about credit reports of which most people are unaware.

This will help you determine whether or not you are making wise credit choices. This is how your future will be determined as you make an attempt to better your situation.

The Truth Revealed

One of the most obvious myths that people actually believe is the one of which they think they can instantly start with a clean slate once bills have been caught up. Paying your past debts is great for the conscience but it does not necessarily mean that it will wipe out your entire history.

You may still suffer some consequences for certain mistakes and/or unfortunate financial circumstances. This then probably leads to the next point, which has to deal with fear of debt management programs.

There is a wild myth out there that suggests that credit counseling affects a person’s credit score. However, if there are settlements made while the credit counselor negotiates with lenders and creditors that could affect you negatively.

This generally is the case whenever you have an account that is delinquent. However, if things are current it is not going to be counted against you if you are using credit counseling.

Another mistake in thinking that people often make is thinking that canceling credit cards always will boost the credit score. Although it is not wise to have too many of them that you cannot pay off, it helps to have at least two or three on your account.

Usually paying bills on time and not overextending yourself is more important than having a substantial credit card debt. However, you should still be careful about what actions you take.

For one, it will not look very good on your record if you for instance open up several credit cards during a holiday season. Too many inquiries at one time can really hurt your score.