Personal Loans and Your Credit Score
Did you know that your credit score will most definitely impact the rate you pay on loans? That’s right, the higher your credit score the lower your interest rate will be for a home mortgage, auto loan, credit card, and countless other personal loan deals. Conversely, the lower your credit score, the higher your interest rate will be if you are approved at all! Let’s take a look at what is behind personal financing when your credit score comes into play, which is all of the time.
Risk – Lenders never look at you as a person, rather they look at you as a risk. One big question they ask themselves: how certain am I that you will repay your debt? When your credit score is good, then they “reward” you accordingly with a good rate. When your credit score is terrible, then your rate is raised to reflect the higher risk. Moreover, the lower your score the less of a chance you will be approved for a loan in the first place!
My Fico – The Fair Issac Corporation is an independent company that helps to determine your credit score. Your score is based on the following five factors: your payment history, amounts owed, length of credit history, new credit, and types of credit used. The first two categories make up about two thirds of your score so if you are behind on payments and you owe a lot of money, expect your credit score to sink accordingly.
Your Credit Reports – As part of an agreement reached between the federal government and the three credit reporting bureaus – Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax – you are entitled to one free copy of your three credit reports every year. Get copies of your credit report and examine them closely for errors. Make certain that the information contained therein is correct, if not contact the credit reporting company and have them make the necessary changes.
Obtaining Your Credit Scores – When obtaining your credit reports you should also find out each credit reporting agency’s calculation of your credit score. You’ll pay for that privilege, usually 5 to 8 dollars per score, but it will be helpful information to have on hand when you apply for your next personal loan.
Of course, if your score is low it could take six to twelve months of steady repayment of current debt to increase your score. Things don’t change overnight for the good, but they can for the bad. So, stay on top of your credit to avoid future bad credit personal loans.
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