A low credit rate has several ramifications. It could result in your credit applications being returned forthwith or it could result in you having to pay a premium when credit is historically extended to you.
In spite of what you may be thinking, a low credit rate is a setback rather than an insurmountable obstacle. Low credit rates can be remedied – either through one of the many credit repair firms that have been proliferating since the early 1990s or alternately, by taking some of the necessary steps on your own.
The choice is yours. If you do decide to go it alone – either completely or in part – you will save on some or all of the professional fees charged by credit repair firms. There is still an investment in respect of time that you'll need to make and you will need a fair measure of patience along the way.
The time and effort you spend on taking steps towards improving your low credit report, will eventually culminate in an opportunity for you to secure credit on fair and reasonable terms.
Here are a few things you can do right away:
Obtain a Copy of Your Credit Reports
The first thing to do in improving your low credit rate is to get a copy of each of your credit reports. Carefully check for errors – regardless of how small these may be. If you find any erroneous negative issues, make a point of having these corrected. It could end up in an improved score right away.
Things to specifically be on the lookout for include, but are not limited to:
o Late payments that were reported but actually paid on time;
o Accounts that are not yours; and
o Outstanding balances of debts that you have already paid off.
In case your recent credit application was turned down, look for the reason cited in the rejection notice. Lenders are required by law to inform you which items in the credit report caused the denial of credit. This will help you determine what to do to raise your credit ratings.
Whilst the process is potentially long, it is worth pursuing. Being viewed as a low risk vendor results in: qualifying for better interest rates on mortgages, loans and other forms of credit, having access to the best rewards on credit cards and importantly, enjoying the peace of mind that should you urgently require cash, you will be able to qualify for help almost immediately.