Whenever a person applies for a loan of any sort - whether it is a mortgage, a personal loan, or even a credit card, their credit report is pulled and scrutinized. Everyone knows this. However, what isn't as widely known is the mass amount of information available within these credit reports and histories.There are three primary national credit bureaus in the United States. Each agency's primary form of business is the reporting of credit information that will enable their clients to learn certain facts about a person or business's credit history, which, in turn, allows their clients to make better overall business decisions. The "big 3" in the United States are:Experian, formerly known as TRW - http://www.experian.com Equifax - http://www.equifax.com Trans Union - http://www.transunion.com So, what information is on a credit report? Is it just data that pertains to an individual or to a business's finances? Or is other information noted there as well? In … [Read more...] about Credit Reports and Histories
Credit reporting and bankruptcy
Do you KNOW what is on your credit report? Even if you have just filed bankruptcy it is EXTREMELY important that you KNOW how it is reported on your credit report. It is NOT the credit reporting agencies responsibility to make sure that your credit report is accurate. It is YOURS, and only you can make sure that it is.After receiving your bankruptcy discharge papers the first thing you will want to do is get a copy of your credit report and make sure that the information reported on it is correct. Did you know that over 90% of the time it is incorrect?You wll want to make sure that your report is showing the date the bankruptcy was filed and when it was discharged. Make sure that ALL creditors that you included in the bankruptcy are showing that they were and that your balance is $0 and nothing else. Profit & Loss or Charge Offs will lower your credit score. Make sure they report as "included in bankruptcy" with a $0.00 balance.If a creditor shows any balance other than $0.00 and … [Read more...] about Your Credit Report After Bankruptcy-What To Look For
Whenever you apply for a loan on a car or house, or whether you apply for a credit or store card, your credit history will probably be looked at by the vendor. They do this to protect their investment; after all if you are doing business with someone then you would want to know about their financial history wouldn't you? So when you next apply for a financial product you should give a thought to any old debts (even if they are now cleared up), or even any missed payments that may show up on your credit history. But many people wonder how long negative information really stays on credit report and how much notice the lenders really take of it?The question, how long negative information really stays on credit report, is not an easy one to answer. If it is a major financial disaster such as going bankrupt, then it can be there for about ten years. Although if the creditors are repaid, then many credit reports will take it off in around seven years. Of course this doesn't mean that you … [Read more...] about How Long Negative Information Really Stays On Credit Report And Does It Matter?
Most people who are of an age to care about their credit are aware that the three main credit bureaus, Experian, Trans Union and Equifax, maintain credit reports on them. The bureaus keep track of loans, credit cards and bankruptcies and make note of whether each consumer pays his or her bills on time. Most people are also aware that their credit history is also available in the form of a credit score, which is, in essence, their overall credit worthiness reduced to a three-digit number.Beyond that, many people have, at best, a vague understanding about how their financial transactions are regarded by the credit bureaus. There are a number of myths and misconceptions about credit reports and credit scores and how they are affected by things people do financially. Here are a few examples of these popular misunderstandings: A consumer has only one credit score - Not true. Each bureau keeps track of financial transactions independently of the others and may have more or less … [Read more...] about Credit Reports and Scores Often Confuse Consumers
A credit report is document that contains the record of a person's credit payment history. A credit report typically contains four kinds of information: identifying information (your name, your current and previous addresses, your social security number, your year of birth, your current and previous employers, if you're married, your spouse's name), credit information (with banks, retailers, credit card companies and other lenders), public record information (bankruptcies, tax liens and monetary judgments), and inquiries relating to other credit grantors. The credit report can be viewed by creditors to determine a person's creditworthiness. It can also be analyzed by employers and land lords for knowing a person's credibility.The credit score is a three digit score which is based on the credit reports. It can be considered to be a summary of the credit report. The credit score ranges between 300 and 850 wherein a score below 600 is considered "bad" while a score above 720 is considered … [Read more...] about Free Credit Report And Score