Maintaining a good Credit Score is a matter of patience

Recently, you may have applied for a loan or a credit card and seen your application getting rejected again and again. You must be given the reason frequently that you are denied a loan or a credit because of you low cibil score. In such situations what would you do? You do the obvious! You get your free cibil score, Start researching on how you will get your credit score up in no time and get your credits approved. It seems simple, right? No, it is not that easy, once you end up in the loan defaulter list, it is really a struggle to get your cibil score up any time soon.

You explained this situation to someone in your office and asked for their suggestion. Your colleague had no clear answer for you which you can bank on and start amending your credit score from negative to positive. Your research continues and you run out ways to get your score up in quick time and now you are in a situation where you need a loan, but you are getting it denied due to the reason being, you low cibil score.

There is no shortcut for you when it comes to appreciating the credit score. It is a slow and gradual process. Once you default a payment, you see a sudden dip on the score, but on the other hand, you will have to make regular payments before you see your score to be stable and growing. Do not mistake that the defaults will vanish from your credit report. Every financial transaction you make is recorded on the report and it stays on the report for a very long time.

There are some tips and tricks which can help you get started,

Make all payments on time

This is the first and foremost thing which you need to do when it comes to amending your score. You will have to make all your payments on time so that you do not default your loan as well as see a dip on your score. If you make all your payments on time, the score remains steady and constant.

Stop making credit inquiries

When you know that you lie in the lower side of the credit, stop applying for loans and credit cards again and again. This will hamper your score even more. A credit inquiry is one of the components which decide on your cibil score. The more inquiries you make, the more your chances are to get a dip the score.

Keep an eye on your credit report

There are high chances that your credit report may contain a mistake made by the credit bureaus. This is a frequent drill where the bureaus make mistakes on the report. What you need to do is check your report frequently and report any mistakes to the credit bureaus if found. The dispute will take up a lot of time, but will help you get a healthy resolution and get your score up in no time.

Don’t exceed your credit limit

Your credit limit is an important thing and you do not realize that until you have completely exhausted it. Minimum usage of credit limits shows that you are responsible spender and do not spend on unwanted luxury. Less usage of limits mean, less to pay back and less pay back will lead to a healthy credit score.

Building up your credit is indeed a slow and gradual process, but what is important is that you need to be careful with your payment patterns to avoid such mishaps.

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Getting a credit report is easy, but reading the report can be tricky

Your credit report is the very first thing the lender will check if you are applying for a credit line. You will have to make sure that you are up to the mark when it comes to the credit score while applying for a loan or else there are high chances that your loan plea may get rejected.

But, is it always your fault that your credit score is on the lower side. Let us take this scenario that you are in urgent need to cash and you apply for a personal loan. You are confident that your loan will be sanctioned within the given time frame and you will be able to fight the crises you are facing. You get a call from the lender stating that your loan plea has been rejected, reason being a low cibil score. You are shell shocked that you have always maintained financial integrity and this is something you never expected to happen on your part.

You get the cibil report and find a lot of information in there. You do not know how to analyze and see where it all went wrong and you ended up on the lower side of the score. This is the trickiest part of every person who is accessing their credit report for the first time. There is a lot of information which you need to analyze and check if you are in the right path.

We, today will sight you what to check and how to check your credit score,

Credit Score

Immediately after you open your credit sheet, the very first thing which you see in bold letters is your credit score. The credit score ranges between 300-900 points. Any score which is 750+ is considered to be an excellent score which can help you get a loan or a financial product with ease. Higher the score, higher are you chances to get a loan approved and various financial institutions begging you to buy their loans.

Personal Information

The next information which you see is your personal information like name, age, address, PAN details, etc. Make sure the information displayed is accurate. If you find any spelling mistakes in your name on the report, make sure to send an email to the credit bureau with attaching necessary documents to support your plea.

Employment history

Whenever you apply for a loan or a credit card, the bank always asks for your employment information. If you happen to be in a different organization when you are applying for a loan than the last time, that information is updated on your report. If you are employed in a reputed company, there are high chances of the loan getting sanctioned in no time.

Credit accounts and repayment history

Now you have landed to the most important section of the credit report. This section contains all the information regarding your accounts and your payment history. Even if you have skipped one payment, the bank registers the same and is sent to the credit bureaus. There are high chances that the information which you see may be inaccurate, if that is the case, you can raise a dispute with the credit bureau and get it sorted. This process will take time but at least you won’t end up having a low cibil score.

Credit Inquiries

Then the last section consists of various credit inquiries you have made on your report. Only the hard inquiries are counted in this section. You downloading your own report will not be reflected on this section.

A report reading is always a tricky part. If you fail to understand the credit terms, make sure you seek financial advisory help to get things sorted.

 

Credit Score is not important if not looking for credit. Is it true?

Our life revolves around credit. There are loans tailored for every need and want which can happen in your life. Availing a loan can be dicey and hectic when you’re in desperate need of money or loan. The most important component which determines if you are credit worthy is your cibil score. A credit score plays an important role in your loan application. The higher your cibil score is the more your chances is to get your loan at a speedy process. On the other hand, if you happen to have a low cibil score, the chances are you can either get your loan rejected or else still avail a loan with higher interest rates. This looks so easy but it’s defiantly not. The pain of getting your credit rejected because of your low credit score when you desperately are in need to money can cause you serious mental damage. Well, this is only with the loan part.

Have you ever given a thought, if credit score is only important while availing a loan? Is it important in any other way? If you are in the perception that your credit score only matters while applying for a credit or any other credit line, you’re mistaken. A credit report is slowly and gradually becoming an integral part of our life and sooner or later our lives will start revolving around it.

A credit report is a numeric representation of how you’re doing financially and apart from your future lender there will be many other third parties who would be interested knowing your financial status and how you’re doing financially.

Here are the other ways a good credit score can help you,

To get married

Yes, nowadays there are families and relatives who consider checking your credit report to understand whether you are financially worthy or not. A cibil report will give them a clear picture on how many lines of credit you hold and if you are making all your payments on time for the same. This will give them a clear picture if you’re an eligible bachelor who is worthy of getting married.

To land on your dream job

As we all know, when we apply for a job there are different types of background verifications conducted to check your past with your previous employers. Checking your credit report has also become one of the key criteria’s to check if you are job worthy. This type of verification is specially conducted by corporate companies who have large financial account to assign to the candidate. If the candidate is not self independent financially, how can he manage the company’s funds?

To get your dream home

As we all know luxury comes with a price. If you are one with liberal thoughts, you will know by now that renting makes more sense than buying a house. While you are in the process of getting a house on lease and the rent is quite high because it’s in the prime location. The house owner may ask for a cibil report just to verify if you can manage your funds properly and if you can deliver rent to the owner on time.

Like these, you credit score can help you in many ways apart from availing a loan. You can still get a personal loan with no cibil score, but the interest rates are quite high as compared to market standards.

Believe it or not, a credit score plays a very important role when it comes to many things in life. you will have to maintain it for any surprises life might throw at you.

5 queries about your credit score answered!

Credit score is still a relatively new concept in India, though awareness about it is fast growing. Thus it is only natural that there might be a few queries related to it in the minds of most people. One may often wonder what is the need to check their score or can there be a score without loans and so on. So here we discuss five common queries that may arise about credit score.

1. I am regular with my payments; do I still need to check my credit score?

Often people who are regular with their payments feel that there is no need for them to check their score as their score would definitely be good. Despite, payment history being the most important factor in credit rating calculation, other factors like credit utilization, loan mix, loan tenure and credit enquiries also impact the final score. Thus, though you may have been regular in your payments, the score could still be affected negatively because of any of these factors. Sometimes there may be a problem in the report due to inaccurate reporting by a bank or some fault at data entry level. What’s more now you can get a free credit report once a year so do make sure you get your free CIBIL score and stay credit healthy.

2. I do not have any loans; will I still have a credit score?

Loans are one of the sources that help create a credit trail and the other source that helps in creating credit history is credit card usage. Credit cards are more common than loans as more users are likely to have them as compared to loans which are need based. So even if you do not have a loan then your credit card usage can also help you in creating a credit history and get a credit score. It is important for all credit card users to be regular in their payments and keep the utilization ratio in check to maintain a healthy credit score. Those who do not have a credit history get a score of NH or 0 and those who have a credit history of less than six months get a score of NA or -1.

3. Does my spouse’s score impact my score?

This is another common query especially for women when they get married and adopt the husband’s surname. Marriage does not link or impact the score of an individual to their spouse; both partners maintain their individual score and the loans and credit cards in their name only will be included in the score calculation and credit report. If both partners decide to apply for a loan jointly then credit score of both will be considered, though depending on the loan type importance might be given to the score of the primary applicant.

4. Will checking my score impact it?

Whenever one applies for loans whether home loans or personal loans, the prospective lender seeks the credit report of the applicant and based on that they will approve or reject the loan application. When a FI asks for a credit report then it is known as a hard enquiry and it is recorded in the credit report; too many hard enquiries impact the credit rating negatively. However if one checks their own score then it is known as a soft enquiry and it has no impact whatsoever on the credit rating. On the other hand it is recommended that everyone check their credit report from time to time so that they can assess their credit health and also ensure that there are no errors in the report.

5. How long does negative information stay on the credit report?

This will depend on the type of information; repayment history for 36 months is included in the credit report. Thus any default made in that period stays on the report while credit enquiries for last two years are included in the report. Other information like a settled account stays on the report for 7 years. It is important to mention over here that more recent information impacts the score more than older information.

So hopefully this information has helped you in getting a better understanding about credit score, however if you still have a few doubts please do hare them with us.