Tips On Establishing Great Credit

Tips On Establishing Great Credit

By []John McClendon

We have all seen the advertisements stating the average U.S. credit score is 678. Many people seeing those ads start to wonder what their credit score is or even how they can improve their score. There is a lot of confusion out there on how to establish really good credit. Here I have listed 5 tips that will help you achieve a great credit score over time.

Tip #1: Pay your bills on time every time.

Your payment history makes up nearly 35% of your credit score. By missing payments or making late payments lenders may view you as not being responsible. This may result in being declined for a loan or receiving a higher interest rate on your credit card.

Tip #2: Have a mix of different types of credit.

Having a mixture of different types of credit accounts will also improve your score. It is suggested that consumer have up to 4 revolving credit accounts (credit cards, lines of credit) and 2 installment credit accounts (auto loans, personal loans).

Tip #3: Don't max out your credit cards.

Be careful not to approach the credit limits on your revolving accounts. Having balances of 50% or more of your credit limit will have a negative impact on your credit score. Lenders may think that you are borrowing more than you will be able to pay back. Try to only use 30% of your available credit.

Tip #4: Don't close out old credit accounts.

You may have an old credit card that you have been wanting to close due to it's high interest rates. But beware that by closing that old account it may lower your credit score. Having a credit account open for a long time shows lenders how you use your credit and what your payment history is like. By closing old credit accounts you are making your credit history appear shorter and in turn lowering your score.

Tip #5: Check your credit report.

You should check your credit report at least once a year. Nearly 40% of consumers credit reports have errors in them. By checking for these errors and then fixing them you can increase your credit score.

These tips are provided as a guide to help you achieve great credit. There is no quick and easy way to boost your credit score but by following these tips you can establish great credit over time.

John McClendon is a freelance writer and website administrator for []Best Rewards Credit Cards

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