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What Gives Me a Bad Score?

July 2017, Edition 12, Vol. 7

To understand your credit score you need to get a better understanding of the factors that affect your credit rating. This knowledge can help you to avoid situations where your credit might be negatively affected.

  • Short or non-existant credit history
  • Late payments or not paying at all
  • Defaulting on a loan
  • Too many credit card or loan accounts opened in the last year
  • Applying for too many credit or loan accounts in a short period of time
  • Balances on credit cards that are at or near the maximum
  • No recent credit card balances
  • Too few or too many credit card accounts
  • Closing credit cards that still have balances
  • Closing old credit card accounts
  • Not enough diversity between credit cards and loans
  • Having a credit account charged off because of non-payment
  • Public records show you have tax liens, judgments, or bankruptcies
  • Having your home foreclosed because of late mortgage payments

TIP: Be cautious of websites that claim to offer free credit reports. A number of these sites will only give you a free report if you buy other products or services. Other sites give you a free report and then bill you for services you have to cancel. To get the free credit report authorized by law, go to www.AnnualCreditReport.com or call (877) 322-8228.