Understand Your Credit History

February 16, 2009

When you are looking to borrow money you may walk into a loan office and not be aware of the daunting process that follows. Credit history, credit scores, APR, appraisal, closing costs and all the other terms that will come at you in a stack of forms are just words. Read on to learn more about what your credit history comprises.

Your credit history is a record of all your financial activities. It includes all the loans you have ever taken out, what the payment was, and how you paid (on time or late). All your other credit is also included on the report – store credit cards, gas cards, or anything with a revolving credit line. The lenders (and possible employers) will use your credit history to determine how reliable you will be in future transactions.

You can protect your future credit history by being aware of your transactions. Be careful about how often you apply for credit (and be discriminating about where you go for credit as well). Once you do have a credit line or a loan, be sure to always pay on time. If you think you may have problems then ask for a deferral BEFORE you get behind.

Knowing your credit history can help protect your identity. People steal your personal information in order to steal monetary items. They pretend to be you to purchase automobiles, take out loans, or make other transactions. They leave without paying and leave you holding the bill. Using your credit history will help you catch any irregularities before they can take over your life.

Getting a loan is difficult enough without a negative credit history causing problems. It’s a good idea to look into your credit history several months before you want to get a loan. If you have negatives that will reduce your opportunities, then work on clearing those up beforehand. Pay up any overdue accounts, pay off accounts, and always be sure to make payments on time.

It is extremely important to keep up with your credit history. This is the first place that you are likely to notice if someone has tampered with your identity. It is the way that lenders and other organizations will judge you and your ability to follow through on your commitments. Being aware of your credit history and dealing with any issues you might uncover is a key to your future borrowing needs.

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