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Can Other People Lower My Credit Score?

Aug 22, 2008
Your personal finances are really tied up with your credit score. Credit scores will determine whether youare approved for a loan, and if you are they will determine the interest rate youare charged on that loan. A good credit score will get you a nice home, and a poor credit score will get you rejected by banks time and time again. Notwithstanding, most people donat understand what a credit score is and where it comes from. Even fewer people know what impact credit scores truly have on their lives.

Even if you do all you can to improve your credit, the question still remains: Can others actions affect my credit score? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. The good news is that there are many actions you can take to limit the damage to your annual credit report.

Credit bureaus have lots of files on your financial history and credit. The sum of all this information is represented by a three-digit number. The most commonly cited score is the FICO score because it is an average of scores from the three major credit bureaus. Myfico service can allow you to access your FICO score and keep current on your credit.

Credit scores change over time, as they are continuously updated with new information about your accounts and credits. The amount of money you owe in total, as well as the kind of debt you have and your payment history goes into your credit scores. Pure length of credit history will have an effect as well.

Payment history is the biggest factor that affects credit, and one of the ways that others can affect your credit score is if companies wrongly reports you as an unreliable bill payer. This does happen more than you would think, and it may be a battle to get the incorrect information changed.

There are many people who can talk about how one mistake in a company's accounting department gave them trouble for years, as they could not get the problem fixed with companies, debt collectors or credit bureaus. You do have the law on your side, though, so most of these issues are eventually resolved in the customer's favor.

If you get your credit report and it is much lower than you think it should be, it may be worth trying to find out if a credit bureau has mistaken information on file about you. In the case of wrongful claims about delinquent payments, you will usually know about it, but there are other factors that may be wrong and that may be impacting your score.

So to answer the question of whether others can negatively impact your credit score, the answer is mixed. They can by making a mistake, but if you are vigilant and take the time and effort to correct those mistakes you can get your credit back to its rightful place.
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