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Understanding Credit Reports


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What is a Credit Report and Score? 

Your success in managing credit is reflected in your credit report and score. A credit report is a history of everything you are doing with your credit now and what you have done with it in the past. A credit score mathematically represents the information in your credit report. Your credit report and score affect your ability to get credit and the terms/rates of that credit.  It can also affect your ability to get a job and rent an apartment. 

Credit Considered on a Report   

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•   Student loans
•   Car loans
•   Credit cards
•   Personal loans
•   Mortgages, home equity loans
•   Secured credit cards or Loans

 Information Not Considered on a Report

•   On-time phone/utility bills
•   Debit card use
•   Paying with cash
•   Writing checks
•   Checks cashed
•   Remittances

 Other Information on a Report

•   Name and aliases
•   Social security number
•   Current and past addresses
•   Date of birth
•   Employment history
•   Collection accounts
•   Inquiries
•   Creditor contact information
•   Consumer statement
•   Public records
•   Payment history
•   Accounts summary

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