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Ways to Build Up Your Credit


Throughout much of their history, and even today, many people believe that credit cards are dangerous. However, when used responsibly, a line of credit is beneficial to a consumer's future. In fact, building up credit is essential in many aspects of life.

When an individual attempts to obtain a loan, a lender will review his/her credit history in order to determine whether he/she is creditworthy. In many instances, when an individual applies for a job, the employer will analyze the applicant's credit report. If a credit report displays evidence that an individual is financially irresponsible, then he/she may not be granted a loan or may not be able to gain employment.

A consumer may obtain bad credit by failing to make his/her regular monthly payments. If an individual is late making a payment, or fails to make a payment entirely, this will be reflected on his/her credit report and it will adversely impact his/her credit score. However, if an individual is successful in building credit, he/she may not experience difficulties securing a loan, housing, or employment in the future.

Building up credit is important for various areas of life. For example, building credit is essential if an individual wishes to obtain housing. When an individual attempts to purchase a home, he/she will be required to apply for a home mortgage loan. The lender will review an applicant's credit history in order to ensure he/she is not a high risk investment. If the applicant has not effectively partaken in building up credit, he/she will likely be denied a loan based on the lack of evidence to indicate financial responsibility.

When a creditor takes a financial risk by granting a loan to a consumer, they need to be convinced that the borrower will repay the debt. If an individual has not taken the proper steps in building credit, there will be no proof of financial responsibility. Likewise, an individual that has not taken part in building credit will find it difficult to lease an apartment. An individual will review an applicant's credit report before allowing him/her to rent an apartment. If the applicant does not have a credit history, it is likely that he/she will not be allowed to rent an apartment, or he/she may be charge a larger security deposit to lease the space.

Just as with obtaining housing, building up credit is essential for buying a car. If a consumer has not established a credit history, he/she will not be permitted to buy or lease a car under his/her name. Attempting to obtain goods and services as simple as a cell phone contract will be more difficult and more expensive if an individual has not built up his/her credit. If an individual ever wishes to start his/her own business, he/she will need positive financial records.

Building up credit is not difficult. It is generally easy for an individual to obtain a credit card with a low credit limit, even if he/she has not previously established credit. He/she may be granted a card with a $1,000 limit. If a consumer uses his/her credit card to make purchases and pays these debts off every month, he/she will achieve an exceptional credit report. However, these payments must be made on time every month. If a payment is late, then this will be noted on an individual's credit report and it will adversely affect his/her credit score. While it is important to build up credit, it is also essential to ensure that you do not accrue more debt than you can handle.

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