Sunday, October 01, 2006

Good Credit is Vital - Tips for you

Tips for Good Credit
by Nan Wood

Having good credit can open up many doors for you and your family including approval for a mortgage or car loan and a lower interest rate based on your past experience of paying back your debt in quick time. If you are looking for ways to improve or keep up your good credit rating, here are some tips.

Pay Your Bills on Time
Obviously, this is an easy one; however we all have financial difficulties from time to time. If you find yourself having difficulties paying your bills on time, the best thing you can do is contact your lenders and alert them of the situation. You can be put on a payment plan or have a deferment for a couple of months.

Don’t Go Over Your Head with Credit
Don’t take out too many credit cards or too many home loans. Even if you don’t have that much on your balance, a credit card company will look at having too many credit cards in your possession as a negative. While each creditor is different, usually three credit cards, two loans and a mortgage are seen as a responsible amount of credit.

Have a Balance on Your Credit Card
In order to build good credit, you need to show the credit card companies that you buy and then pay off your bill. If you have a credit card with no balance, they can’t predict your credit history.


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