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Do You Even Know What You're Credit Score Is?

Nov 3, 2007
Many people may think they know exactly what a credit score is and what it does. Well, to be honest, many people have no idea what a credit score is, how it functions, and just how many aspects of life it can affect. Perhaps many do not realize the impact that credit has had on our modern world, and just what we're all referring to when we say those words.

People's individual score is the basic life of their history. Their credit score and report reflect everything they have done when it comes to buying and spending in any form. It is sort of like a report card for people to look at and see how well you can manage your credit and pay off your debt.

Your score is calculated by three different credit bureaus, or reporting agencies, also known as Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. Your credit score is calculated differently between each credit bureau. But how can that be? Your credit history, or your spending and payment habits stay the same no matter who reads it, so how could yours possibly be different?

The credit score you are given is attained through a complex and detailed equation. This equation can sometime be calculated differently between each credit bureau, and none of their answers are wrong. Getting your information from the three different reporting agencies is basically like getting three numbers to find an average with. The scores will most likely be very similar if not the same.

A credit score is basically an individual's rating on how worthy they are based on what their payment habits have been like in the past. Credit card companies, possible employers, and loan officers look at your credit score to see how much they can trust you to pay back the money that you may be asking to borrow. If you have a bad score, you often will not qualify for the credit lines you need for essential items like a home, a car, or a college loan.

Sometimes things you never considered can be affected by your credit score. When you are applying for a job, your potential employer will sometimes check your credit report and look at your score to see whether or not to hire you. How much weight this has in the decision of whether or not you get the job depends on the employment you are applying for and the people hiring you. They check your history often because if reflects your integrity and stability, which will also affect how well you can do your job.

When you get a credit card, buy a car using on a loan, or get a student loan, you need to consider how your actions will affect your credit score. It is more important than you think. How you use credit now will affect whether or not you can use credit in the future.
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