Establishing credit and wisely managing your credit becomes easier when you know how. You’ll feel empowered by taking knowledgeable steps towards good credit, and you’ll be on your way to purchasing real estate and greater financial freedom.

If you plan to finance real estate, either as a home buyer or an investor, avoiding these common credit mistakes will help you with your credit score and save you money in loan costs. No matter what your dream castle looks like, avoid these common credit mistakes to turn your dream home into reality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aimee Semple McPherson’s castle in Lake Elsinore, CA

14 Common Credit Mistakes

1. Using expensive or undesirable types of credit (department store cards, finance companies)  costs too much. Worse, these loan negatively impact your credit score.
2. Accumulating too many lines of credit or too many credit cards causes credit report remarks like “too much consumer credit.”
3. Only paying the minimum due keeps balances too high, which deducts point from your credit score.
4. Being maxed out on any credit card or line of credit causes deep drops in scores.
5. Taking cash advances costs higher interest and extra fees.
6. Exceeding limit and having to pay over-limit fees is a negative with creditors and causes “high proportional amounts owed” remarks on credit reports and subtracts credit score points.
7. Paying a day or more late causes unnecessary late fees and often increases interest rates.
8. Charging more than you can afford causes a snowball effect of amassing debt with no easy way to pay it off.
9. Letting someone else use your credit, such as co-signing a loan, raises your debt-to-income ratio and possibly adds “too many consumer accounts” on your credit report, which lowers your score.
10. Ignoring credit problems causes unnecessary negative impact. Talk to creditors before being late and make arrangements. This action heads off negative reporting to credit bureaus.
11. Failure to report address changes to creditors causes misplaced bills and late payments.
12. Using partial name, different names, initials instead of whole name, or forgetting Sr. or Jr. causes mix-ups. Use your full legal name to protect you from confusion with similarly named borrowers.
13. Failure to report name changes to creditors also causes confusion.
14. Not checking credit report frequently is one of the most common mistakes consumers make.

Copyright © 2005 Jeanette J. Fisher.  All rights reserved.  From the book Credit Help: Get the Credit you Need to Buy Read Estate.

Photo by Jeanette Joy Fisher taken in Lake Elsinore of home featured in Seven Secrets of Glorious Home Design by Jeanette Joy Fisher

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