If you want to have a good credit score it is important that you first have an understanding of what it is and how it relates to your finances. A credit score will automatically tell financial institutions and financial lenders whether you are a risk or not if they choose to provide you with a loan, mortgage or credit card. The actual score that a person has obtained from the information provided on a person's credit report.
Credit reports contain information which ahs been collected by credit reporting agencies the three main ones of these being Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. As they collect this information they then provide each section of the report with points and when these points are tallied up it provides you with a credit score.
When you apply for any kind of credit whether it be a loan, mortgage or credit card the credit score you have provided the lender with a quick reference with regard to how much you currently owe. It also helps to show them very quickly as to whether you are the kind of person who keeps their credit and finances in order because you pay your bills on time.
There are a number of factors that are taken into consideration by these agencies and all of which can actually affect the score that you get at the end. The main factors that they will look at relate to all aspects of your finances and these are as follows: –
1. They look closely at how you performed previously in relation to any credit you may have taken out previously.
2. They will look at the way you have linked your credit by looking at your payment history. At this stage they will see whether you have been good at making payments regularly and on time or not.
3. They will look at just how much you currently owe and what level of indentedness you have present.
4. They will look closely at how long you have had your credit for as well as looking at the kinds of new credit you have been looking and applying for.
5. Finally they look at just how much credit you have had and what your experience with credit is.
When it comes to a good credit score those with the much higher level which is anything over 680 points are considered to be "prime borrowers" and not likely to be a high risk to the lender. Whilst those who have less than 680 points but more than 560 are known as "sub prime borrowers". These people will often not get the great kinds of interest rates as those who are considered to be "prime borrowers". But those who have a credit score of less than 560 points are perceived by lenders and credit card companies as being a very high risk.
For those who do not have a good credit score when it comes to borrowing money for what ever purpose they may find it very difficult indeed. Or they may find that they do get the loan, mortgage or credit card they want but they will be required to pay much more in interest rates on their.