What is in a Credit Report?
A Credit Report is a snapshot of your current obligations to creditors. These creditors include credit card companies, mortgage companies, banks, and retail stores. Lenders are permitted by law to check your credit report and review it in order to determine whether or not to grant it to you. In order to build a report all you have to do is establish it in the form of a bank loan, credit card account, car loan, mortgage, or student loan. Information on your report comes directly from you history with accounts you currently have outstanding loans with. Whether you pay your obligations on time or not, lenders will report that information to the credit bureaus.
There are four categories.
1. Your personal information: Your credit report identifies you will the following information.
o Your name
o Social Security number
o Current address
o Previous address
o Birth date
o Current employer and previous employers
o Phone number
2. Your Credit History: Your Credit History will show your payment history with current lenders such as:
o Credit Card companies
o Mortgage companies
o Retail stores
o Finance companies
3. Inquiries: This is where lenders are finance companies have requested your credit report. The rule of thumb is “the less inquiries the better.”
4. Public Records: Your credit report lists any obligations that may affect your credit including the following:
o Tax Liens
Credit Reports are now available to any organization that is trying to grant you credit, or a company considering hiring you. Your Personal Credit Report is so important during this day and age that you need to have a current copy to see what they are seeing. Even landlords are pulling credit in order to grant you permission to rent from them. Remember that “your credit is your life.”