Tips to Raise Your Credit Score

Financing

Tips to Raise Your Credit Score

Buying a new home is an exciting time. It can also be stressful if you are unsure about your
credit or know that your credit is not as high as you’d like it to be. Your credit score is one of
the biggest factors in how much of a home loan you can qualify for and the interest rate you’ll
pay. The good news is there are easy ways to increase your credit score. By following a few
tips, you can make sure your report accurately reflects your use of credit and create a plan to
improve your scores if necessary.

• Check for Errors - Errors on a credit report is very common. Make sure that everything is
current and accurate.

• Pay Down Credit Card Debt – One of the easiest ways to boost your score is to lower
your credit card balances. Aim to have no more than 50% of available credit in use.

• Remove Negative Accounts – If you have old collections or bad debt, negotiate with the
creditor to pay some/all of the debt in exchange for removing the record.

• Keep Old Accounts Open – About 15% of your score has to do with how long you’ve had
credit accounts.

• Pay on Time – This might sound simple, but always pay your bills on time.

• Consider a Bankruptcy – If you’re really in over your head, it might be time to take a
step back and declare bankruptcy. This resets the clock and allows you to plan for a
future purchase.

Credit issues do not have to last forever. By understanding what affects your credit, you can
make real changes which will increase your score. 

If you have any questions about credit or are seeking assistance with credit repair, contact me, I am here to help.