Understanding Your Credit Report

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Credit outlook is the most important aspect of the financial lives of millions of Americans.  In fact, it is almost as unique as a thumbprint so it should be guarded and carefully protected.  Not only does your credit report share an in-depth insight into your most personal financial details but it also shows those people that are accessing the report a lot about your financial personality.

So if you are buying a home or automobile, want a credit card, have applied for new phone service or anything else that requires the pulling of your credit report, beware and be aware of what is on your report.

A Credit Report Is a Glimpse Of Your Financial Lifestyle
Though mortgage companies view a different version than you do, bear in mind that the details are very much available and ready to see to any creditor that chooses to look over the history of your financial responsibility.  The single most determining factor in deciding your mortgage application aside from your income eligibility and a few other aspects, is your FICO score.  Lenders take the average of all three scores obtained from the three reporting agencies but when you view your report you will have access to one FICO score rather than the average of all three.  You will however be able to view the same detailed information visible to creditors.

The basics will be included on the report but in addition there will also be contact information for each of your creditors, type of credit, the loan and/or credit amount that corresponds with each and the date each line of credit was established. There will also be information about any judgments against you and any settlements you may have made in the past.  Any derogatory things such as repossessions, bankruptcy, past due amounts or debts that have gone to collection will be included on the credit report as well. There is a new trend that has become more prevalent with many creditors, where agencies report your rental payment history and other things showing how responsible you are with debt in situations other than just those that appear on a standard credit report . The CoreLogic® CoreScore report is a new report that almost acts as Big Brother, reporting a lot more detail on your spending habits as a consumer.

Things To Look Out For When Reviewing Your Credit Report
One of the best things you can do for your financial health is to pull your credit report at least once every six months.  Check your report for any discrepancies and most importantly be aware of your financial situation.

If the balance owed is very close to or equal to the maximum high balance limit on any or all of your lines of credit it raises a red flag to potential creditors.  That shows you have reached the maximum credit limit on a number of your responsibilities, and it is a factor that could get in the way of your obtaining new credit.  As soon as you see your credit has reached about 80% of the maximum limit it is a good idea to start paying your debt down as soon as possible. 
Additionally, if you see any derogatory items that are inaccurate you should work to resolve them by contacting the creditor and setting the record straight.


The best way to ensure strong financial health is to be aware, stay up to date on your report and maintain accuracy.  Using the report as a tool you can guide your financial situation to where you want to be and once there, be sure to stay on top.  For assistance in pulling your credit report or any other inquiries you may have, contact your loan officer or Realtor today!

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