Did you know that when you are trying to build your credit standing, you have to be aware that any decision you make will definitely change your life?
First of all, there is a credit bureau that issues annual credit reports. This report will be the basis of any investigation a financial institution will conduct whenever you apply for credit. This is one report that will tell them whether you are a risk. Any mistake you make as far as loans are concerned will be reflected here. This is why it is important to maintain good credit standing.
As such, when you are applying for a loan, make sure you do not rush into anything or act impulsively. Read the fine print and make sure you can afford to pay the monthly installments. Check out insurance packages that can help you, should you find yourself in a financial crisis. Try to get the lowest interest rate as possible. Unless you have a credit problem, you can afford to scout around for the best deal.
On the other hand, if you are rebuilding your credit, your choices are narrowed down. It can get very expensive if you make the wrong decision. Take your time and carefully weigh your options. The last thing you want is to compound your credit problem with more loans.
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Credit mistakes happen all the time and are unexpected at times. I think we are all victims of our desire to be accepted and accumulate the latest products. Credit works on trust, but more importantly, it is driven by the need to make money through interest and fees. This means, in the long run, we are buying convenience that we eventually have to pay for. It is that age-old enticement of enjoying now and paying tomorrow.
This is okay. There is nothing wrong with this as long as you pay. The sooner you pay, the better your credit will be.
Suppose you have racked up a lot of bills, and you cannot keep up with the monthly payments. What do you do? Your first reaction would be to get desperate. People calling you up, knocking on your doors, disconnection notices – all these can drive anyone to panic. It is a normal reaction but it is what you do after the panic attack that matters.
Work the problem. Get help if you cannot figure out what to do. Know that it will take time and control to fix it. But it has to be fixed properly. In the business world, your credit defines who you are. People will be willing to take risks with you only if you have good credit.
For those just starting to build their credit, initially, you might have to get a supplementary card under a trusted family member or friend. You can even start your savings or current account to establish your credibility. Once you have done that, you can apply for credit under your own name. You can buy a car, house, or minor appliances.
If you are young and in a relatively average income job, start small. Start slow. Start with gadgets, club memberships, or the like. Stay away from the large purchases until you are financially stable. Build a safety net in case of emergencies.
When the monthly bills start coming in, pay on or before the due dates. Do not delay in paying for this will just cost you more in late fees.
Suppose you bought a cell phone and you actually have the funds to pay for it, yet you decide to use your card. I would suggest that within a few days of your purchase and before the cut off date, pay your credit company. This way, you do not get charged interest.
Surely you have heard of a lot of people going under, filing for bankruptcy, or losing their homes. Listen to their stories, read about their experiences. Keep in mind that something like that could happen to you.
So, instead of buying a sports car that you know is not within your budget, settle for a sedan or that cute, easy to drive VW bug. The big stuff can come later, and it will, if you are careful with your credit.