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Your Credit Rating And Loans - The Facts

Aug 17, 2007
In the modern world today many people have large debts hanging over their heads and consequently suffer from having a bad credit rating. Because of the shear number individuals with a bad credit history, lenders have been forced to change their lending criteria to accommodate them.

There are a number of issues that will have an affect over your credit record, these range from the obvious to the not so obvious. These issues will become known to you when you go and apply for a mortgage or loan.

Bad debt management is the most obvious factor that will affect your credit rating such as missing your monthly payments on your mortgage or loans. This in turn will lead to higher borrowing costs at a later date.

It is extremely difficult to generalise but two major factors in having a bad credit history can be unemployment and matrimonial disputes. There are, of course, many other causes:

- Bad money management. Some people are unable to plan their finances wisely or prioritise their debts correctly
- Over-borrowing
- Bankruptcy
- Death of the breadwinner. A large number of borrowers have no life assurance even though a simple mortgage protection policy costs very little
- Imprisonment
- Over-commitment. The borrower may have taken a bigger mortgage than he can afford
- High interest rates for variable rate borrowers, high interest rates can be a disaster, particularly if the borrower could only just afford the mortgage when interest rates were low
- Will not pay. There are some borrowers who will not cooperate with the lenders

There are however many other factors that to the average person may seem completely irrelevant but to the credit scoring companies say a lot about how you are likely to manage your finances.

For example, an applicant with a mobile phone but no telephone landline might be seen as a fairly high risk to the lender. This is because lenders worry that if you only have a mobile phone, you would be harder to locate if you were to default your secured loan payments.

Whether you rent or own your own home could have a great influence. Being a tenant is not looked upon favourably. If you are a temporary worker, unskilled labourer or self employed, this could also count against you.

Another circumstance which could affect your score is down to where you live in the country. Postcode profiling is becoming an important part of the credit scoring process. In this way lenders can look to avoid lending to those who live in less desirable neighbourhoods.

The following gives a list of the common ways to blacklist your credit rating:
- Living abroad
- Not staying on the electoral roll for long enough
- Moving frequently
- Renting a flat
- Becoming a victim of identity fraud
- Reapplying for a secured loan immediately after you have been refused one
- Not paying your yearly car tax to the DVLA on time
- Signing up for lots of credit cards within a short period of time for the free gifts and special offers

Most high street banks and building societies will only grant secured loans to those who have either good or excellent credit. There are specialist lenders however that would be willing to accept applicants with poor credit records. These are know as bad credit loans.

For those with an impaired credit history, the process of credit repair is achievable over time. The first step to recovery is to settle your bad debts and meet payments on your existing mortgage and secured loans.

All unpaid credit and county court judgements (CCJs) will stay on your credit file for 6 years. These will be marked as settled as and when they are paid. This is usually taken into account when youre making future credit applications.

Lenders will often allow you to write a statement to balance out a bad report, which could explain circumstances that might have tarnished your credit rating.

So next time you are looking for bad credit loans make sure you understand the factors that will affect not only your chances of being accepted but also the rates.
About the Author
James Copper enjoys writing on areas of personal and commercial finance. He works for Adderson & Co. who are specialists in Bad Credit Loans
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