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How to improve credit FICO score?

How can I improve my credit FICO score?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    an 800, you really can't unless you get a ton of money.

    However, let's go with the premise that you have a moderately low to middle score.

    The first thing you need to do is get a copy of your credit report - this won't show your credit score, but it will show your credit history. You can get a free copy every year from http://www.annualcreditreport.com/cra/index.jsp .

    Then, make a budget, and stick with it.

    If you have bad credit on your credit report, determine if it is worth taking care of (as in it's relatively new) or if it is safer to let it slide off your credit report at the end of 7 years. The issue is, if you decide to pay off a debt that is 4 years old, then the 7 year clock starts ticking again, with a bad debt, even though you paid it off. There are also some debts which don't do away, even if they fall off your report, like defaukt student loans, but that;'s a separate topic.

    Challenge anything on your report that you don't understand - force the companies to prove that it is a valid debt of yours.

    Then pay off you credit cards, but don't get rid of them, starting with the credit card with the highest interest rates first. Having a high available credit that you're not using is OK,depending upon your income. If your credit is good enough, get another credit card, but do not use it - this increases the debt to available debt and raises your score.

    If you don't have any credit cards - get one - usually this means getting a secured card. Also, take out cd secured loans at your financial institution. Both of these will raise your positive references, and they minimize the lending institutions risk.

    It is not something you can do quickly or easily - it takes time and dedication.

  • 1 decade ago

    1. Pay bills on time and lower your credit card balances 2. Do not open new credit cards because a lot of recent credit card applications drops your score 3. Check your credit report yearly to see if there are any errors 4. Reduce your spending to credit card balances. 5. When buying a house try to make a downpayment of at least 20% 6. Buy a car with cash if you can. If not then use a loan from your house or life insurance or IRA which should be lower interest rates. Just make sure to repay your IRA to avoid penalties and extra taxes.

  • 1 decade ago

    First, get a copy of your credit report. Any amount that it says you owe, that you agree you owe, pay it off... now. In many cases people can not get loans because they are a bad risk. That means they are unlikely to pay off a loan. How do you become a bad risk? If you don't pay off your loans and bills, that is a good indication. If you owe it, pay it. If you don't owe it, Dispute it. If you disagree with something on your credit report, write a letter disputing the charge and send it to all three credit agencies. The people who say you owe the money will then have 90 days to show proof that you in fact do owe money. I would also contact the company and ask them for proof that you owe the money. Many times they will not respond, so the bad mark falls off of your credit report.

    Avoid Credit Repair Companies. They do these things for you for a very high fee. In many cases, you will be left owing money to the Credit repair company (which will ruin your credit).

    If you've had a foreclosure or bankrupcy or a short sale on a house or anything like that, nothing much will help you. You are stuck until enough time passes for the black mark to fall off of your report.

    good luck.

  • 1 decade ago

    Pay all your bills on time. You need at least 24 months of consistent, on time payment history to improve your score.

    Carrying credit card balances of more than 30% of your limit, hurts your score. Pay off the balances and your score rebounds. In fact, it's best to pay all credit card balances in full every month.

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  • ?
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    1 decade ago

    Improving your FICO® credit score

    It’s important to note that raising your FICO credit score is a bit like losing weight: It takes time and there is no quick fix. In fact, quick-fix efforts can backfire. The best advice is to manage credit responsibly over time. See how much money you can save by just following these tips and raising your credit score.

    Payment History Tips

    * Pay your bills on time.

    Delinquent payments and collections can have a major negative impact on your FICO score.

    * If you have missed payments, get current and stay current.

    The longer you pay your bills on time, the better your credit score.

    * Be aware that paying off a collection account will not remove it from your credit report.

    It will stay on your report for seven years.

    * If you are having trouble making ends meet, contact your creditors or see a legitimate credit counselor.

    This won't improve your credit score immediately, but if you can begin to manage your credit and pay on time, your score will get better over time.

    Amounts Owed Tips

    * Keep balances low on credit cards and other “revolving credit”.

    High outstanding debt can affect a credit score.

    * Pay off debt rather than moving it around.

    The most effective way to improve your credit score in this area is by paying down your revolving credit. In fact, owing the same amount but having fewer open accounts may lower your score.

    * Don't close unused credit cards as a short-term strategy to raise your score.

    * Don't open a number of new credit cards that you don't need, just to increase your available credit.

    This approach could backfire and actually lower your credit score.

    Length of Credit History Tips

    * If you have been managing credit for a short time, don't open a lot of new accounts too rapidly.

    New accounts will lower your average account age, which will have a larger effect on your score if you don't have a lot of other credit information. Also, rapid account buildup can look risky if you are a new credit user.

    New Credit Tips

    * Do your rate shopping for a given loan within a focused period of time.

    FICO scores distinguish between a search for a single loan and a search for many new credit lines, in part by the length of time over which inquiries occur.

    * Re-establish your credit history if you have had problems.

    Opening new accounts responsibly and paying them off on time will raise your credit score in the long term.

    * Note that it's OK to request and check your own credit report.

    This won't affect your score, as long as you order your credit report directly from the credit reporting agency or through an organization authorized to provide credit reports to consumers.

    Types of Credit Use Tips

    * Apply for and open new credit accounts only as needed.

    Don't open accounts just to have a better credit mix - it probably won't raise your credit score.

    * Have credit cards - but manage them responsibly.

    In general, having credit cards and installment loans (and paying timely payments) will raise your credit score. Someone with no credit cards, for example, tends to be higher risk than someone who has managed credit cards responsibly.

    * Note that closing an account doesn't make it go away.

    A closed account will still show up on your credit report, and may be considered by the score.

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  • 1 decade ago

    First make all your bills ontime and in full. 2nd Do not apply for credit unless you need it.3 do not use more than 30% of your credit limit. 4. If you owe money in one of your credit cards don't use the other credit cards until you pay all the amount that you owe in the credit card you owe money on.

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  • 1 decade ago

    If you do not have a credit score because you have not established credit yet, the good news is that you probably are not haunted by an array of unpaid debt.

    I'll give you a quick overview on credit scoring and 6 simply ways to build and maintain credit.

    Credit scores are calculated based on factors including:

    Repayment history

    – A history of not paying debts, or not paying on time each month, will lower scores.

    Amount of credit used

    – Credit lines near their limits, or maxed out, negatively affect credit scores.

    Amount of overall debt

    – Too much debt makes it less likely you could pay off additional debt. Too little debt offers creditors limited payment history, making it difficult to judge credit worthiness.

    6 Steps to Building and Maintaining Credit

    1) Obtain and wisely use a credit card.

    To start building good credit with your credit card, you'll need to obtain the card, use it, and make the first payment before you'll see any effect on your credit score. You may have to sign up for a "secured card" in the beginning, which means you'll be required to deposit money (typically around $300) into an account controlled by the credit card company or bank in order to obtain the card. This deposit "secures" any debt you place on the card. It's a way for a creditor to take less risk when dealing with someone who has poor credit or no credit.

    A secured card is just as good as any other credit card when it comes to building credit, for as with any credit card, the payment history on your secure card will be reported to the credit reporting agencies. So by making on-time payments (on-time payments are the No. 1 factor in determining a credit score) and carrying a low debt load (your debt balance-to-credit limit ratio is also a big credit score component), you will be building the history and profile that produces good credit.

    Another way to build credit from scratch can include getting a low-limit retail store card or a gas card. Just be sure to pay the monthly balance in full so as to avoid the high monthly interest charges that many of these types of cards carry.

    2) Review & understand your credit report.

    Review your credit report once a year. The higher your credit score, the better. A score below 680 usually results in a borrower being charged a higher interest rate or denied credit. If the report includes items that are inaccurate, request the report be corrected. You can receive a free copy of your credit report at AnnualCreditReport.com. and the Federal Trade Commission has a terrific website that contains a wealth of information regarding credit reports (including how to address inaccuracies) at ftc.gov.

    3) Take a loan.

    Another good way to build credit history is to pay off a small loan. Borrow from your bank or credit union to purchase a used car or a larger purchase, such as an appliance. Pay the loan on time and in full. Pay any student loans on time every month. (Remember: On-time payments are the No. 1 factor in determining a credit score.)

    4) Build job history.

    A stable job history is another factor that lenders will consider when giving a loan. Creditors look at job history to understand a consumer's stability and income.

    5) Protect yourself from identity theft.

    Identity theft is at an all-time high, and it can destroy credit ratings. Remember that identity theft occurs both "offline," and through the Internet. Protect yourself from unscrupulous individuals who could go through your trash, steal account numbers online or get personal information through complex "phishing" scams. Record all important financial information and account numbers in a secure place. Shred all documents that contain personal information. Never give out personal information in e-mails or in a phone call you did not initiate.

    6) Create – and stick to – a budget.

    A good way to maintain a healthy financial lifestyle is to create - and stick to - a household budget. Many people fall into credit score disarray by spending beyond their means, building up debts, and maxing out credit cards. In budgeting, list ongoing monthly expenses (fixed expenses like rent or mortgage payments). Add variable expenses that are "must-buys" (food, gas, medicine). Leave two categories for savings and spending cash (for unexpected expenses and entertainment). Add monthly net income (the amount left after taxes and other paycheck deductions such as health insurance and 401(k) contributions). A free budget guide is available at bills.com.

    Good luck as you venture forth into the world of credit, and I hope that the information I have provided helps you Find. Learn. Save.




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