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Top Tips To Improve Your Credit Score

Dec 6, 2007
Improving your credit score is very important and it can help you save money. Your credit must be in good standing so that you can open credit accounts when you need them. Good credit will help you get the best interest rates too.

Your credit score will be based in how well you can pay your bills and loans on time. You must keep your credit healthy and pay promptly. If you have a high score, lenders see you as a better risk, and are willing to give you more credit at better rates.

For your credit score to be good, your goal is to reach above 620 which is considered the line for creditors. If your credit score is below 600, banks have trouble lending you any money. Even your mom or a friend would have a hard time lending to you if they found out your score was too low. Work to keep your credit score up at 620 or higher.

If you are over 700, you still get low rates, though you could do better if your score was higher. Try to get above 760 and you will get the lowest rates and offerings. If you can make it above 850, this is ideal and you'd be offered the best interest rates and payment terms. The average credit score is 723.

To improve your credit score, always pay on time or before the deadline. If you are always late, chances of getting a good score are slim. The idea that "better late than never" is not applicable to this situation. All your late statements are noted, making it almost impossible to escape bad credit.

Keeping your credit balances low is also very helpful. This will lessen the burden of bills you need to pay each month. Lenders believe that if your credit is kept in balance, you will be able to attend to your payments more readily and regularly. A balanced credit line is also an advantage because you are still capable of opening credit cards. If your income is increased and improved, the more chance you have of upping your credit line even more.

Also, don't open any credit cards that you don't need. Sometimes credit card offers are very inviting and enticing especially for those who love shopping sprees. If you have a lot of credit cards, you'll have a hard time paying for each of them. This will lower your credit score an average of 10 points, and most definitely affect your credit lines.

Keep in mind that closed accounts in your credit report don't just go away. You might think that your accounts from long ago are no longer included in your credit report but you are mistaken. Every single detail and record is clearly stated. Even the oldest things are going to stick with you forever.
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Stu Pearson has an interest in Business and Finance related topics. To access more information on lines of credit or on equity line of credit, please click on the links.
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