Your Credit Report
I have no doubt in my mind that your credit reports give the true picture of your financial status. The way you handle all the financial issues are there in your credit files. Financial institutions analyze your reports first before offering you any loan package. Your loan application is going to be rejected if your report shows that you are going to face difficulty in repaying the loan amount.
It’s not just financial institutions that analyze your reports. Landlords, employers and insurers also take a close look at your report. In legal terms, if you ask for your credit reports copies, credit bureaus cannot deny it. However, you may need to pay some fee for this.
According to law, you can get one free credit report a year from all the three main credit bureaus, namely, Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. If you are interested in getting a second credit report from these bureaus, you need to pay $10.50.
To get free credit reports, you need to follow below-mentioned procedure.
Go to the website www.annualcreditreport.com. Going directly to a website of credit bureau is not going to work.
Next you need to enter the requested details. Generally speaking, you need to select the state where you are currently living. After that you need to decide which credit reports you are interested in viewing.
You need to provide verification details for the credit bureaus and the reports will be made available to you.
You may ask at this juncture: Why you should check your credit reports? The answer of this question is very simple. By checking your credit reports, you will get to know what are the things you are doing right and where you need some improvement. If there are any errors in your report, make sure that you contact the credit bureaus immediately as these things are used in the credit scores calculation.
If there are any incorrect details, it can have a negative impact on your credit score. This in turn is going to cost you plenty in terms of interest rates and repayment schedule. Even worse, financial institutions may start rejecting your loan application because of poor credit score.
Before applying for any loan package, it is always a good option to know what is mention in your report. If there is something, which needs improvement, make sure that you do it first before applying. This will ensure that you are going to get a loan at easy terms and conditions.