Credit Reports

Written by Jessica Duquette
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Credit reports come from three major sources. Equifax, TransUnion and Experian are the most recognized credit bureaus in the world. Combined, these three companies provide instant and accurate information on consumers all across the globe.

The Deciding Factor

Credit reports are snapshots of consumer buying habits. An accurate way of evaluating risk, many financial institutions rely on the data provided within these reports to determine who deserves loans and how much they are capable of borrowing. Without these reports, banks would be at a much higher risk of bankruptcy.

Years ago, consumers had to seek professional help in order to access their credit report. Today, with the help of the internet, you can obtain a complete copy of your financial history in mere moments. While I strongly urge you to do your research before accessing those documents, the internet does provide an efficient and convenient method of obtaining this data.

Keeping Credit Reports Accurate

If you find that the information provided in your credit report is inaccurate, the credit reporting agency is required by law to investigate the claim. Once the situation has been addressed you are entitled to a free copy of your report to ensure the changes have been made. Keeping your credit report accurate is crucial to your financial stability.

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PLEASE BE CAREFUL OF CREDIT CARD COUNCILING COMPANIES. They will not make your payments on time and they will make your cridet worse. When you apply for a mortgage they will consider this a Bankruptcy. It sort of depends on what you would like to do. Rather than paying off collections and chargeoffs it is better to make all your payments on time and keep all your balances below 50% of your high cridet limit. If you would just like to pay off the collections to keep them from calling and sending letters then go ahead but helping your cridet score? It will not help your score that much.