Understanding Your Credit Score

Posted by ForSaleByOwner Staff

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If you are buying a home, a new car, or you need a personal loan, your credit score will determine if you will be able to accomplish those goals or not. The state of your credit comes down to a three-digit number called your credit score. The higher your credit score, the better your chances are for accomplishing your dreams.

Your credit score is based on your credit history, such as how you paid your bills and anything else pertaining to your credit. This number allows lenders to identify the status of your credit so they can determine the level of risk they are taking, if any. Although the lender can view your credit report for the same results, the credit score saves the lender time by narrowing down the results into a three-digit number. Your credit score tells the lender how well you manage your money and pay your bills.

Check your credit score at least once a year and before you decide to buy a home or apply for a personal loan. For example, you may have paid off a balance that the creditor had not yet reported, and therefore was still showing on your credit report as unpaid. By keeping up with your credit report, you can prevent such mistakes from occurring while protecting your credit score.

Knowing how your credit report and credit score work can improve your understanding as well as your attentiveness to managing your credit. The more you understand the importance of your credit score, the better your credit score will be.

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