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What To Do About An Adverse Credit History

Jan 30, 2008
An Adverse credit history can come under a number of different headings. It can also be known as a poor credit history, non-status credit history or impaired credit history. Credit companies when judging one's credit history use all these terms.

A consumer or business credit history is regularly tracked by credit rating agencies. The data reported by these agencies is provided to them by creditors and includes detailed records of the relationship a person or business has with the lender.

The information includes account information, payment history, credit limits, and high and low balances, any aggressive action taken to recover payment and all irregular activities.

Next, is credit scoring which is the process of using a mathematical system to create a numerical value to total a picture of an applicant's creditworthiness and their risk. Credit scores allege the likelihood that a borrower will repay a loan or credit obligation.

The higher the score, the better the credit history. Here are some points that are considered influencing your credit score: Payment record: a record of bills being overdue will lower the credit rating.

Control of debt: lenders want to see the borrowers are not living beyond their means. Experts estimate that non-mortgage credit payments each month should not exceed more that 15 percent of the borrower's after tax income.

Signs of responsibility and stability: lenders perceive things such as longevity in the borrower's home and job (at least two years) as signs of stability. Having a respected profession can improve a credit rating.

Credit inquiries: an inquiry is a notation on a credit history file. Those that do not have an effect are soft pull such as from creditor's report, counseling or fraud check. However, all credit cards, loans, banks and other lenders are all considered negative on your report.

There are many ways to change your adverse credit history and credit score. Obtaining help from a debt counseling service, or debt consolidation service if you are in debt can eventually return your credit score to normal.

You should also be aware that an adverse credit history might not always be your fault. A credit agency may still show you as having an adverse credit history even if you have paid off your debts.

You should obtain a copy of your credit information file to verify your standing. At times there are debts that have not been removed from the report for many months and years and yet have been paid off.
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