There is so much that an average person does not know about their credit scores. Oftentimes, this ignorance brings about many misunderstandings that there is very little that could be accomplished. In some instances the things that people don't know will be replaced with assumptions that limit the actions of those who use them.
There are various myths about credit scores that are in the minds of people. One is that it is permanent and that it will haunt people for the rest of their lives and the other one is that they are absolute and the third one is that they are perfect. These three myths are responsible for keeping the people in the dark.
In order for people to be able to use their scores properly, they should know that these myths are not true. Once we know the truth, there are so much that we can do in order to improve them that affect our lives so much.
The first myth is the myth that tells us that credit scores are permanent and cannot be changed. Though it is true that they haunt you, this only happens when you have negative scores. Having good scores will reward you. They are not permanent since they include only relevant information and the irrelevant information discarded and forgotten. They change with time depending on your financial development.
The second myth pertains to the being absolute of credit scores. Being absolute here means that scores are final. The truth to this myth is that they are not really the reflection of your financial behavior that they use to assess you. People should remember that there are different kind of scores since there are different ways in which they calculate their figures.
The Third myth is the myth that tells us that the credit score figures are always correct. This is probably the most famous myth with the people. Many people think that since there is already an institution that is holding on to their scores, credit reporting agencies cannot make mistakes. The truth is that they make mistakes all the time and it is your job to realize that they do make mistakes and take steps to correct it.
Luckily the government took the initiative and passed the Fair Credit Reporting Act that gives the people the power to challenge credit scores. People now can know their financial status and with knowing they can improve them. They can also look for things that may be wrong and demand that the right information be the one that is used.