Many Consumers starting to educate themselves on the in and outs of credit reports and scores. In these rather turbulent times for the economy, lenders are tightened up there standards of lending money. You now need a higher credit score to be approved for credit and an excellent score to receive prime interest rates. This new trend has affected all aspects of the lending industry including: Mortgages, Loans (student, personal, business, etc.), credit cards, and housing.
Since more people have foreclosed on mortgages than ever before lenders are suffering great losses and to seek some type of relief are (for the most part) only lending to qualified buyers with a good credit rating. They no longer are as willing to take chances are borrowers who are in the “sub prime” category. Foreclosure will seriously damage your credit and sadly more and more homeowners are having their homes foreclosed. Another item on your credit report that can be extremely damaging is bankruptcy. Bankruptcy is one of the worst trade lines on a credit report and should be the last option for any consumer! Also, more consumers are defaulting on loans and credit cards, because after of all this the creditors are taking a noticeable financial hit.
As a result, they are no longer accepting credit applications as generous as in the past. This is why it’s so vital to obtain a copy of your credit report to see what negative trade lines are being listed and used against you. There is a good chance that incorrect information may be listed on your credit report that can significantly lower your credit score. This will increase your interest rates if you are even approved at all! Once you have obtained your credit report, the next plan of action would be to determine a good strategy for paying your debt and removing negative or unverifiable trade lines.