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The Lowdown on Credit Scores

The old saying money makes the world go around is truer today than ever before, and loans for everything from a house to a car is the way most people get the house of their dreams, and the ride they want. However, credit scores will indicate to lenders just what type of car or house one can purchase. Keeping a good credit score is vital, and knowing how they work, and what they might require is important too.

The top credit reporting bureaus are Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion in the U.S. Anytime a loan is requested from anyone lenders will check to see what a credit score from one of the big three say. Typically credit scores from a credit history go from 300-900. Most people are in the mid range group, around 700, and the top half of the population is in the 800+. If a score of 550 or below is reported, then it is in the low range, and it is much harder to get a loan.

Most companies in the credit card industry set a standard cut off point for loans of credit. All companies are different though, and when applying for one, or getting an offer for a credit card, the loan amount is based on the credit score. Levels of credit are seen as a status symbol of the type of card that is offered, for example Platinum is the top, and Gold cards are a slightly lower credit card. It does not matter if it is a Platinum Visa, or a Gold Diners Card. Having a great credit score will allow high loan amounts on credit to be granted for personal or even for a company to use in their daily transactions.

It is all automated by computer, so any chance to push the loan limits up, is non-existent. There are no more friendly handshakes that will bargain or deal with anyone needing a loan. That is why it is so important to keep credit as near as perfect as possible. Credit scores determine a lot of factors when applying for a loan. It could mean that an outright rejection will happen, or it might mean that a large deposit or no deposit at all will be needed.

Interest rates are determined too on a credit score. Outrageous interest on a loan will be required if past payments on any debt is not paid out in a timely fashion. Some high-risk credit card expense can be as high as 26%. On the flip side if an average credit rating is reported by one of the three, then an average or loan end interest rate could be offered. Sometimes if a credit score is too bad it will be funded by another source besides the primary lending financial institution.

Lenders at times might not go through all three credit-scoring companies. At times if one report satisfies their requirements for the loan they might only use it. If a loan for a mortgage is wanted, it is sure that the big three will be used for the loan. How they figure the loan amount is up to the individual lender, and it depends on company policy of the investors about how much, and to whom they want to lend the money too. Usually an average is figured from all of the scores on each, and a formula is applied to see if their own special guidelines are met. Again, this just all depends on the lending institutions rules and guidelines.

Remember to keep up to date with credit scores. They fluctuate from day to day, and if payments are kept up to date, then the credit score will allow for higher amounts to be borrowed and paid back. Sometimes there are mistakes that have not been removed from the credit reporting bureaus, and they need to be removed immediately. However, the companies that have loaned money are the ones that need to be contacted after looking over the credit scores. The credit reporting bureaus are not the one that can remove it, only the lending institutions. Make sure to always check out the credit scores at least two times per year for any personal or business accounts.