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Common Reasons For A Bad Credit History

Aug 17, 2007
Bad credit seems to creep up on you when you least expect it. One moment it all seems fine and you're doing a good job of staying on top of it, and the next moment you discover that your credit has taken a nasty plunge. A majority of people don't understand what it was that turned their credit sour. Everyone automatically assumes that if they pay their bills on time that they won't encounter any problems. Of course, if keeping one's credit spotless were this easy then everyone would do it.

There are some typical things that cause bad credit. The first is inquiries. An inquiry can come from a credit card company, a utility company, or a mortgage company. The problem is that it takes 30 to 60 days for credit to show up on your report. What this means is that if you were to apply for five credit cards, and were accepted and issued those cards, the approval would not show up on your credit report for 1 to 2 months. If in the meantime you wanted to take out a mortgage for a house, the mortgage company would pull your credit report, and they would be unable to tell if you were approved for the cards or not. The result could be a skeptical mortgage company who is weary of giving you any more money when they don't know if everyone else in town has already turned you down.

When it comes to paying bills it is obvious to people that the bills need to be paid on time. Of course, whether you do that or not is your choice, but a creditor does not want to hear excuses. The creditor doesn't care if you were sick or your dog chewed up the phone bill, all they want is their money. And your credit report won't reflect your reasons why you weren't able to pay either.

Charge offs are another reason for receiving bad credit. A charge off is when you didn't pay a bill, forgot to pay a bill, and it has become obvious to a company that you are never going to pay the bill. The company will write off your incompetence as a loss on their books for their taxes. When a company decides to take this route, it puts a negative mark onto your credit report. This mark that is made will stay on your credit report for 7 years, but if the company decides to update the charge for any reason, the 7 years will start over. Charge offs can be a pestering factor when it comes to ruined credit.

There are other things that make a difference on a person's credit. However, most of these things are obvious. For example, if you come home one day to find that your car has been taken from you, it's safe to say that your credit will be affected. If you come home to find that your home is now a part of the government's property, chances are that your credit is suffering. If you owe someone money and you have decided that you are willing to let them take you to court in order to force it out of you, credit is the least of your worries (know that it will be bad).

Sometimes when people are armed with the right information, they can avoid obvious mistakes. Not knowing everything there is to know about reasons for credit problems could be dangerous to your financial well being. Try to stay up to date on your finances and the information that regards them.
About the Author
John Edmond runs Credit Card Debt where you can read many more articles on credit reports and for the latest information on bankruptcy checkout the blog.
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