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Credit Reporting Agencies

Jun 26, 2008
When asking for loans, insurance, credit cards, and so on, there is always the possibility for you to experience a rejection. The first thing you need to do is that you should check to see if your credit score is the reason for this rejection. The credit report itself is the very one that provides the necessary information for your creditors, but not only. Fortunately, regular people also have access to their credit report. A law called the fair Credit Reporting Act, is in their benefit, and through this law, any institution that might turn down your application for credit, insurance or employment is compelled to provide the client with this report, upon request, within 60 days of being notified the rejection.

Several different credit reporting agencies exist, and different creditors can prefer to work with specific ones or with all of them. While many people know that credit reporting agencies exist, they may not be sure as to exactly what services these agencies perform.

One of the major duties of credit reporting agencies is to compile reports from creditors in order to establish a credit history for the individuals that they receive the reports on. Each time you make a payment on time, there is a good chance that a positive report will be sent to at least one (and sometimes all) of the credit reporting agencies. When you miss payments, a negative report might be sent.

To find a credit reporting agency, you can simply go online and do a web search for the term "credit agencies." This will give you a list of results that will probably lead you to one of the three major credit agencies in the USA. These would be the Equifax, Trans Union, and Experian agencies. They are the ones who are responsible for calculating your credit score and providing your credit report to banks and other lenders.

Alongside of the compiling of reports from creditors, the credit reporting agencies are also responsible for generating your credit score so that potential lenders and creditors can try and determine how much of a credit risk you may be. Your credit score has the potential to change with each positive or negative report that is received and placed into your file... positive reports can improve your score, while negative reports bring it down.
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