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How Credit Can Affect You

Aug 17, 2007
If you are clueless about credit and how it can affect you now and in the future, then it is wise to pay attention because this may change your life. Do you by any chance have more than one or two credit card lines? Have you ever borrowed from lending institutions? Are you having problems with paying off your debts? If you answered a yes to all these, then you just might learn a thing or two from this article.

Credit simply put is a transaction that allows an individual or a company to borrow money from a lender and agrees to pay it back at a later date. On the other hand, credit may also refer to the extent to which an individual or company can borrow money. And every time one is able to apply for credit, it is reflected on one's credit history.

It is important to build a good history of credit because it will enable you to apply for loans when the time comes that you will eventually need to. The inability to build good credit standing will reflect badly on you as an individual and on your financial transactions as well.

However, before you develop a habit of spending on credit; be reminded of a number of pointers. First, you must be conscious of your spending habits on credit. Ask yourself if you can afford to purchase the said items. If you can pay off your debt, then there is no problem. Second, do not be too eager to apply for credit lines. Be satisfied with one for now and apply for another one after sometime. It does not do good to spread yourself too thin or you will end up exhausting your resources. Third, be responsible and pay on time. This reflects on your credit history, and you definitely earn plus points if you are on time with your payments.

In addition, these four guidelines are mostly overlooked, so be sure to keep these in mind to maintain good credit.
1. Tell your creditor of any increases in your salary. This will reflect on your ability to pay current and future debts and will enable you to apply for higher credit limits in the future.
2. Apply for a credit increase in your credit cards every six to eight months although make sure that you stay within the limits of your credit limit each time.
3. Maintain a credit card for a minimum of two years and not any less. Being able to pay off a credit card for two years or more is good for your credit history.
4. Unsettled debts for more than seven years may be removed from your credit limit.

All these said, you are off to a better start to good credit standing. And if after reading this article, you have discovered your mistakes then keep in mind that it is never too late to make those changes.
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Tristan Andrews writes useful articles about collection agencies. Discover and explore the world of debt collections. Find out how using a collection agency can expand your financial horizons at http://www.advinfoc.com
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