If you’re thinking about refinancing, at least part of your decision should be based on how long you think you’ll stay at your current home. That way, you can figure out whether you’ll recoup the up-front refinancing costs with enough monthly savings at the lower, refinanced rate.
Shop around before you transfer your credit card balance to a new card. Look for 0% intro APR on the balance you want to transfer. Check for any balance transfer fees.
When weighing personal loan offers, you shouldn’t necessarily pick the one with the lowest rate. For each loan, also consider the impact other terms—penalties, fees, payment flexibility—may have on your bottom line.
- Paying your bills on time improves your score
Keep paying bills on time every month since it is important to maintaining a good credit score. If you remain behind with any payments, bring them current as soon as possible, and then make future payments on time Continue reading Positive Score Factors
Checking your current credit score should be an easy task, free to everyone. Using loans and credit cards is our current lifestyle and creditors use our FICO score to determine whether to loan us money or not. Knowing your score before you apply for loans can reduce the stress of the unknown.
Below are credit providers who offer free scores to their clients: Continue reading Credit Cards Now Offer Free Credit Scores
Did you know your credit card may use 2 different APRs, a standard one and a higher, Penalty APR (also called Default APR)? If you are more than 60 days late on your monthly payment, the creditor may apply the higher Penalty APR to all your outstanding balances. So try your best to pay your bills on time!
Inquiries have a relatively small impact on your credit score.
The only inquiries that might affect your credit score are those initiated by you for specific credit transactions including mortgage, credit card, auto applications, and insurance.
Multiple inquiries that may occur when shopping for the best rates should not lower your credit score. Most of the methods used by the credit bureaus involve steps that make sure your score will not be negatively affected.
VantageScore is the only model to be developed jointly by all three national credit reporting companies.
VantageScore 2.0 was created using data blended from two different timeframes, and pulled from the most recent lending environment, 2006-2008 and 2007-2009. It uses a national sample of anonymous credit information of approximately 15 million consumers.
The VantageScore ranges from 990 to 501 and it is grouped as follows:
- A: 901-990
- B: 801-900
- C: 701-800
- D: 601-700
- F: 501-600
The three main credit reporting agencies are:
Lenders and insurance companies can access the information reported by either or all of the credit reporting agencies before they provide you with rates and terms for your loan or auto, home or business insurance. Not all lenders and insurance companies use the reports from all three agencies. Continue reading Credit Reporting Agencies
The following factors have an impact on your Credit Score. The credit reporting agencies use them as basis in their calculations.
- 24-month review of your credit report and history of payment punctuality: DYK? even late payments on medical or cable and phone bills may affect your Credit Score
- the total amount of your available credit: DYK? keeping your available credit higher than your debt helps improving your Credit Score
- the total amount and the type of debt you have: DYK? real estate loans paid on-time may improve your Credit Score
- the number of open and active accounts: DYK? most of the store credit cards report your credit / debit and payment history information which may have an impact on your Credit Score
- the longevity of your relationship with your creditors: DYK? the longer your good standing relationship with your creditors, the better for your Credit Score