Can I correct a mistake in my credit report?

Simple mistakes are easily corrected by writing to the reporting company, pointing out the error, and providing proof of the mistake. You can also request to have your own comments added to explain problems. For example, if you made a payment late due to illness, explain that for the record. Lenders are usually understanding about legitimate problems.

How can i build my credit?

There are 3 rules to building credit: 1. Keep your balances under 30% of your credit limit. 2. Always pay on time. 3. Try to put a little more money towards the principal every month.

How do I better my FICO score?

Some guidelines follow: 1. Don't close unused credit cards 2. Avoid multiple credit inquiries unless they are "soft hits" such as promotional inquiries. 3. Write letters to all 3 bureaus, TransUnion, Equifax and Experian if you see credit history derogatories that are not yours. 4. Pay all of your bills on time. 5. Pay down your balances as soon as possible starting with the lowest balances first.

How do I get a copy of my credit report?

As a consumer you are entitled to 1 free credit report annually. Requesting your credit report allows you to review your credit score and account payment history. Additionally, you are allowed to report and dispute any information you deem to be inaccurate. You may access your free annual report from the three major reporting companies at You may also request your report if you are denied credit within the same calendar year. Finally, be prepared to verify your identity. Contact a HUD approved housing counseling agency for help with understanding your credit report.

How do I get my credit history information?

There are three major credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union. Obtaining your credit report is as easy as calling and requesting one. Once you receive the report, it's important to verify its accuracy. Double check the "high credit limit,"'total loan," and 'past due" columns. It's a good idea to get copies from all three companies to assure there are no mistakes since any of the three could be providing a report to your lender. Fees, ranging from $5-$20, are usually charged to issue credit reports but some states permit citizens to acquire a free one. Also, check out

What are the factors of a FICO score?

According to NeighborWorks America, the breakdown is as follows: 1. Payment history - 35% 2. Amounts owed - 30% 3. Length of credit history - 15% 4. Types of credit - 10% 5. New credit - 10%

What credit score do I need to buy a home?

Housing counselors will typically advise a score of 620 or higher.

What if I don't pay off old debt on my credit report?

The statute of limitations varies from state to state, and may be different for various types of consumer debts. In many states, they often range from four to six years, calculated from the last payment on the debt. If you are considering not paying, check your state's law. By checking your credit report, you will know if the debt has been sold to another collection company. At that point the statue of limitations date may begin again. Old unpaid debt can stay on your credit report for 7 years and 180 days and should fall off after.

What is a Vantage Score?

It was launched in 2006 and competes directly with the Fair Isaac Corporation's FICO score, the most widely used credit scoring system. The Vantage Score rates an individual's credit from 501 to 990, and at the same time gives each individual a letter grade ranging from A to F. It is used more in consumer lending and auto lending than in mortgage risk assessment.

Why do FICO scores decrease?

1. Old derogatory accounts with balances owing 2. Public record items 3. Opening of new accounts 4. Significatnt balance increases 5. Customers do not pay as agreed, and this is reported