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All about your Credit Score

Credit Score

Your Credit History plays a huge role in everything you do in life.  From getting a job to applying for loans, your credit score is factored in everywhere. A credit score is a screenshot taken by the 3 major credit bureaus, Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax.  This gives lenders the ability to determine whether or not you will be given credit, the total amount of credit you are granted as well as the terms on your loan, (loan amount, interest rate and repayment schedule).

Below you will find information about credit scores as well as some simple steps to keep them high, all which are crucial for you in determining your financial future. 

What is a credit score and how is it calculated?

Your credit score is usually a number that ranges between 300 & 850 and it’s used by creditors to determine if you are responsible and worthy of obtaining credit based on many factors. Many of the businesses that you have a credit line or a loan will send reports to these 3 bureaus of credit info such as whether or not you pay bills on time, your total credit amount, and even your credit history going back many years. A credit score is calculated simply from your individual credit history. Someone with a higher credit score, will have the ability to borrow more money. However, when your credit score is low, you may be able to obtain loans, but your interest rates will be much higher. Generally, a score of 700+ is considered GOOD while a score of 600 or below is considered very POOR.

Everyone has the ability and should take the opportunity to get a free credit report from each of the 3 bureaus once per year. All three bureaus offer this to us, but many of us don’t take advantage nor pay attention. It’s important to check your credit score to determine if it’s accurate because your score will be used to determine your financial future.

So How do I increase my credit score?

This is not a quick fix, when trying to increase your credit score, however, you can take steps to repair your score over time.

Here is our advice:

*Payment history is important so always pay your bills on time
*You never want to max out any of your credit cards. In fact, keeping your balance at 30% of your total limit is ideal.
*Don’t apply for new credit unless it’s absolutely necessary.
*Even when you pay off a card, keep it open to increase the length of your credit history
*Pay your high balance cards first, and never just transfer debts among a variety of lenders.
*If you have collections or past due accounts, settle them
*If you find inaccurate items in your credit report, make sure to dispute them.
*Usually, The last 2 years of your credit history are the most valuable

Your Credit Score will affect your life in many ways.. good or bad!

Credit scores are often used in determining prices for home or car loans as well as homeowners insurance. Employers will also check your credit score as part of background checks when making the final decision as to whether to hire you or not. Although it may not seem fair, credit scores have become more prevalent and are now used in nontraditional ways to judge you as a person.
Nevertheless, It’s more important than ever to become educated about Credit Scores.

This leads us to the final question.. When was the last time you checked your credit score?

If it’s been a while, Nationwide credit Clearing can help.  We are the leaders in Credit Repair and are here to help you in making your future financial decisions or correcting mistakes you have made in the past.

So what are you waiting for?  Call Nationwide credit Clearing today and get started with your free credit report and consultation.  

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Nationwide Credit Clearing

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Chicago, IL 60647

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Why Is My Overall Credit Score Important?

What Is A Credit Score?


A credit score is a three-digit number, typically between 300 to 850, which credit bureaus calculate based on information in your credit report. It is a simple, numeric expression of your credit worthiness. Although the three credit reporting bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union), use similar methods to determine a credit score, the formulas they use are not exactly the same and your credit score will vary from bureau to bureau.

How is My Overall Credit Score Calculated?
Your credit score is calculated based on a number of factors listed in your credit history that describe components of your financial life including the number and type of credit accounts you have, the amount of available credit, the length of your credit history and your payment history. Each of these factors is assigned a numerical value, and then weighted based on how prominently they affect your credit worthiness.

How Do My Actions Impact My Score?
The good news is that no matter where your credit score is today, there are a number of different steps you can take now that can change your credit history and help impact your credit score. You should take all the steps you can to help establish a good credit score.

Why Should I Check my Credit History and Overall Credit Score?
In today’s digital economy, your credit history and credit score are vital pieces of information that are key to helping you secure your financial life. Credit card companies, mortgage lenders, and insurance companies will pull copies of your credit report and score in order to decide whether to extend credit or how much to charge for your insurance premium.
Financial services companies tend to group borrowers into segments according to their credit score. These credit score ranges may determine how much you’ll be charged for your insurance coverage or the interest rate you pay on your mortgage, student or car loan or the type of credit card you’ll be offered.

If you haven’t checked your score lately, or have interest in improving your overall credit score, contact Nationwide Credit Clearing.

We offer Free (no credit card required) consultations after we pull your free credit report.  Contact us Today!!

How long does information stay on my Credit Report and how can Credit Repair help me?

credit report credit score nationwide credit clearingThis is a great topic because it is one of  Most Frequently Asked Questions to credit repair companies by those who are trying to improve their overall credit score.   The answer is probably not what you are looking for if you are someone who has had significant late payments, judgements, bankruptcy or other

Here’s the Breakdown:

and Although It depends on the type of negative information, here’s the average idea of how long different types of negative information will stay on your credit report:

  • Late payments: 7 years
  • Bankruptcies: 7 years for completed Chapter 13 bankruptcies and 10 years for Chapter 7 bankruptcies.
  • Foreclosures: 7 years
  • Collections: Generally, about 7 years, depending on the age of the debt being collected.
  • Public Record: Generally 7 years, although unpaid tax liens can remain indefinitely.

Length of Time Matters:

For all of these negative items, the older they are the less impact they are going to have on your FICO® score. For example, a collection that is 4 years old will hurt much less than a collection that is 4 months old.

After that time it will be automatically removed from your report.  But 7-10 years is a long time, and that negative information can be standing in the way of you buying a car, a house, or getting a good loan.  Public records have a huge impact on your credit report and your credit score as well.

At Nationwide Credit Clearing, we help you get those items removed.  There is no reason for those items to remain on your report for 7-10 years.

Positive Information:

All positive information on your credit report can stay there forever. The more positive information, the better your credit score will be

It’s time to start learning how to STOP LETTING BAD CREDIT AFFECT YOUR FINANCES.  When you sign up with Nationwide Credit Clearing, we take the lead to work on your credit report and dispute unfavorable or inaccurate and outdated information. By doing this it will help save time, energy and frustration.  More importantly we help to improve your credit score and ultimately fulfill your dreams… whatever they may be!

Nationwide Credit Clearing offers absolutely FREE – no credit card required – credit reports and consultations.  To see your credit score, contact us now.