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A contractual agreement in which a borrower receives something of value now, with the agreement to repay the lender at some date in the future. Also, the borrowing capacity of an individual or company. For more definitions go to dictionary.com

Credit is a very useful and necessary financial tool. Use it wisely and exercise great caution. It can be your greatest asset or your worst enemy.

Just like the rise and fall of the Roman Empire you can rise to the top of your financial game or become crippled by the armies of creditors just waiting to bury you in debt.

We live in a society where instant gratification is at an all time high. People are living so dangerously over extended that one minor setback can be the platform for a spiraling financial ruin.

I look into people’s financial lives everyday. As a mortgage broker I can assure you I have a great depth of understanding of credit, debt, finance and leverage.

I’ve seen the best and the worst of times in people’s lives. I love consulting and planning but before I can perform my duty as your mortgage and credit advisor I must have you on board 100%.

I’ve found the best way to keep my clients is to provide them with information. So let’s begin, as I stated credit is your biggest tool in building wealth.
You must understand it fully before you use it. Your credit report is divided into many sections. Here is a sample report for you to view. For review it’s okay but I must insist that you obtain a copy of you/ or you and your spouse’s credit report.

The report has detailed information about all of your accounts (open, closed and derogatory). Also all of your public information (divorce, foreclosure, bankruptcy, and judgments). Most importantly it must have your credit or Fico score.

The fico score is a complex algorithm that calculates your creditworthiness to a lending institution. This number is as important as your social security number. Did you read that it’s very important!

Your credit score is weighed heavily on these factors. Length of time the account has been open. Amount of available credit vs. credit limit. Type of credit Major or Minor
Length of time your debt has been carried.

The longer an account has been open and kept paid current the better for you as a consumer or business. I am not saying to spend on your credit card and then pay the minimum payment for the next 20 years.

Your credit balance is one of the largest factors to your credit score. If you had a credit card with a spending limit or “high balance or limit” of $1000.00 and you had $500.00 worth of charges on it, your credit card would be at the 50% capacity.

Simply stated do not spend over 50% of your “high credit limit” for the least impact to your credit score. Preferably do not go over the 30% threshold for maximum benefits to your credit score.

Never carry debt on a credit card for more than 30 calendar days. When you carry debt on a credit card it negatively impacts your score. The only debts you should carry over month to month are mortgage and automobile financing.
When you get in the habit of paying off your credit cards every month, your life will be extremely simple and stress free. The last major factor in determining your credit score is types of credit.

Do you know what the different types of credit are major vs. minor. Let’s make this a no brainer.

Major
Mortgages
Automobile Loans
American Express, Discover, Master Card and Visa

Minor
Department Store Charge Cards (JC Penny’s, Macy’s, Target) Retail Installment Contracts (Seminars, Home Depot, Lowe’s) Personal Loans
Recreational Vehicle Loans

When it comes to your credit report you must have a strong knowledge of your personal situation. The scoring system is not built with your best interests in mind.

Over 79% OF CREDIT REPORTS IN THE USA CONTAIN ERRORS! That’s a lot of problems for a lot of people. I highly recommend using a credit monitoring service to assist you with these times of identity theft and crimes against the unknowing consumer.

Now for the good stuff, your score in the banks eyes shows how responsible of a bill payer you are. Just think that one small number makes all of the difference between a good deal and a great one.

That same number can keep you from getting health care insurance, or a job, auto insurance & pretty soon who knows what is will control. I do know for a fact that the Fico system is being changed.

The Canadian’s are adopting our current system and we are coming out with a new one to try to stabilize the score variances. I see credit report sometimes with a 40-70 point variance between the 3 scores. (I feel sorry for them)
When you review your credit report the most important areas are the open and derogatory account sections. Don’t overlook the other areas review them carefully for errors. Remember over 79% contain errors.

If you have errors you can dispute them quite easily don’t panic. Also if you are swarmed with debt; debt elimination & consolidation are effective ways of reducing your outstanding balances.

You know how you live and what your means are. My means are to help you live financially comfortable, stress free and have healthy finances.

Credit is pretty straight forward if you follow some simple rules. There are several fundamental steps to creating a strong credit background. You can obtain these steps at www.raise-my-fico-score.com.

Here you will find the truths about credit and finance, simple money management tips and much more. If you have problems understanding your credit report I can review it for you free of charge.

Contact mailto:ryan@raise-my-fico-score.com
Links in this document
Mortgage http://tinyurl.com/r77wc
Credit Monitoring http://tinyurl.com/nnvfp Disputing http://tinyurl.com/oszmp

San Ramon, CA 94583 Tel: 925.831.3520 Toll Free: 800.954.2266

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Date Received Date Issued Requested By

 

Provided For: Loan Type Job # Charges

 

Sources Reference #

 

GENERAL INFORMATION Borrower Name

Co-Borrower Name Current Address Previous Address

Marital Status Dependents Social Security No Social Security No Age Age

Length Length

 

CREDIT HISTORY

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C CREDITOR NAME O ACCOUNT NUMBERA

DATE
REPORTED DATE LAST ACTIVITY

DATE

 

HIGH CREDIT

OPENED
BALANCE TERMS PAST DUE AMOUNT HISTORICAL STATUS
MOS TIMES PAST DUE PRESENT STATUS REV 30+ 60+ 90+

ECOA KEY: B=BORROWER; C=CO-BORROWER; S=SHARED; J=JOINT; U=UNDESIGNATED; A=AUTHORIZED USER The information is furnished in response to an inquiry for the purpose of evaluating credit risks. It has been obtained from sources deemed reliable, the accuracy of which this organization does not guarantee. The inquirer has agreed to indemnify that reporting

San Ramon, CA 94583 Tel: 925.831.3520 Toll Free: 800.954.2266

Report No

 

Date Received Date Issued Requested By

 

Provided For: Loan Type Job # Charges

 

Sources Reference #

 

GENERAL INFORMATION Borrower Name

Co-Borrower Name Current Address Previous Address

Marital Status Dependents Social Security No Social Security No Age Age

Length Length

 

CREDIT HISTORY

E
C CREDITOR NAME O ACCOUNT NUMBERA

DATE
REPORTED DATE LAST ACTIVITY

DATE

 

HIGH CREDIT

OPENED
BALANCE TERMS PAST DUE AMOUNT HISTORICAL STATUS
MOS TIMES PAST DUE PRESENT STATUS REV 30+ 60+ 90+

ECOA KEY: B=BORROWER; C=CO-BORROWER; S=SHARED; J=JOINT; U=UNDESIGNATED; A=AUTHORIZED USER The information is furnished in response to an inquiry for the purpose of evaluating credit risks. It has been obtained from sources deemed reliable, the accuracy of which this organization does not guarantee. The inquirer has agreed to indemnify that reporting

San Ramon, CA 94583 Tel: 925.831.3520 Toll Free: 800.954.2266

Report No

 

Date Received Date Issued Requested By

 

Provided For: Loan Type Job # Charges

 

Sources Reference #

 

GENERAL INFORMATION Borrower Name

Co-Borrower Name Current Address Previous Address

Marital Status Dependents Social Security No Social Security No Age Age

Length Length

 

BORROWER CO-BORROWER

Employer Position Since Verified By

E
C CREDITOR NAME O ACCOUNT NUMBERA
Employer

Position Income Since Verified By CREDIT HISTORY

DATE
REPORTED

 

DATE

 

HIGH CREDITDATE LAST OPENED

 

BALANCE TERMS ACTIVITY

 

Income

PAST DUE AMOUNT HISTORICAL STATUS
MOS TIMES PAST DUE PRESENT STATUS

REV 30+ 60+ 90+

 

ECOA KEY: B=BORROWER; C=CO-BORROWER; S=SHARED; J=JOINT; U=UNDESIGNATED; A=AUTHORIZED USER The information is furnished in response to an inquiry for the purpose of evaluating credit risks. It has been obtained from sources deemed reliable, the accuracy of which this organization does not guarantee. The inquirer has agreed to indemnify that reporting

 

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