What is a Credit Rating?

by Michelle

loan application If you’re looking to purchase a house or car, your lender will probably want to look into your credit rating to make sure you’re not a risk.  Your credit rating details your spending habits, but more important, it tells about your payment habits. It should go without saying someone who pays off debts in a timely manner will have a higher credit rating than one who doesn’t always meet his obligations.

While a credit rating is a good indicator of who is a good candidate for a loan, if an applicant has no credit history at all, and therefore no credit rating ,he may also have problems applying for a loan – even if he’s never been in debt his life.

To get a credit history the best thing to do is to apply for a low interest credit card. Use it to make purchases and pay off your balance right away. Soon, you’ll have an excellent credit history, an excellent credit rating and all will be well when you apply for a loan.

Keep in mind that using a credit card to live beyond your means is the best way to ruin your credit history, so use it wisely and responsibly.

 

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