There is a lot of confusion amongst consumers about credit scores and how they actually work. A common question which many consumers wonder about is why they have 3 different credit scores from the 3 different credit bureaus. Should your scores from Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian not all be exactly the same?
Has a loved one ever asked you to do a big favor? If you are like a lot of people then you probably want to do anything within your power to help out the people who are important to you. Co-signing, however, is much more than just a simple favor. Instead co-signing is a ticking time bomb just waiting to destroy your credit scores and to cause you potentially serious financial problems.
One of the worst credit myths you will come across is the concept that closing old credit cards is good for your credit. Consumers close credit card accounts for a variety of reasons. Some consumers will close an account because they are no longer using it. Another consumer might close his credit card accounts out of fear of running up a large amount of credit card debt. The next consumer might decide to close his credit card account because a promotional rate has expired. However,
Your credit reports maintain a far-reaching influence over many different aspects of your life. The condition of your credit may help determine where you live, how much you pay for housing, your ability to qualify for an auto loan, your insurance premiums, and even your career. Law makers understand the significance of your credit too. As a result the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) was crafted to help protect you from unfair credit reporting practices.