The present economic slowdown has caused a lot of financial difficulties for people and it has become very important to get credit in these troubled times. Credit cards, loans and mortgages are the sources of getting finance in an emergency. Many people depend on credit cards to meet their monthly payments and plastic has become the most important source of finance today in any emergency. But to get any credit or loan approved you need a good credit report. This credit report is made by the three major bureaus and you are entitled to your credit report free once a year from all the three bureaus individually.
It is important to get your credit report free once a year, so that you know your credit standing and know how lenders are viewing you as a client. Your credit report gives the lenders an idea about your creditworthiness and they base their approval of a loan on the information in your credit report. From the credit report the lender can gauge the amount of risk involved in sanctioning a loan. Based on this risk factor the lender calculates the interest he should be charging you. If your credit report is not good your application for loan or credit card can be rejected, or your loan will be sanctioned with a higher interest rate.
There are many ways of getting your credit report free once a year. You can apply directly to the there bureaus online or by mail. You will need to give your full personal details like name, address, social security number, and other full contact details. Remember you are entitled to a credit report free once a year from each of the three bureaus. It is important to check all the three credit reports because many times the information will differ and you might have to get it corrected or updated.
By getting your credit report free once a year, you can take steps to improve it so that your credit score goes up. There are many ways of improving your credit report so that you have a better chance of having your loan or mortgage approved. Make sure to pay all your loan instalments on time and avoid all late fees and penalties. Try to pay more than the minimum payment which is required monthly on your credit card. All this will show favourably on your credit report and you have better chances of getting your loans sanctioned.