10 FREE Ways to Improve Your Credit Score and Raise Your Fico STARTING TODAY

By
Mortgage and Lending with Premier Servicing Company, LLC

Are you thinking about buying a house and have more time available than money? 

Okay, I know, who really has too much of either?  But, if you are serious about purchasing a home in the near future, why not start making improvements to your credit history now so you can buy that home of your dreams soon? 

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A higher credit score almost always means a lower interest rate when purchasing a home (or anything else for that matter).  This means more money in your pocket instead of the banks!

 

We all know the basics of improving your credit.  Pay your bills on time, don't max out your credit cards, pay past due accounts to date, etc.  Heard that a hundred times, right?  Calendar

Here are 10 of the lesser known ways to increase your credit score and improve your credit rating FOR FREE - and the best part is, you can start today.

 

1. Piggyback Someone Else's Good Account - If possible, have a credit worthy individual add you on to their account.  If it is a credit card, for example, have them add you on as an authorized user.     

Bonus Note:  They don't even need to give you a card - their payments will show up on your credit as an account in good standing.  Just make sure this person is actually credit worthy and pays their bills!

2. Do Not Close Unused Credit Accounts - keep any old accounts open, especially the older accounts.  This establishes your credit history.  Closing old accounts may hurt your credit score. 

3. Pay Your Credit Cards Early - if you use a zero balance credit card to make a purchase, pay it off within a week of receiving your statement.  This eliminates the charged balance from posting on the following month's credit report. 

4. Ask for Credit Limit Increases - If you are close to your credit limit on a credit card and pay on time, ask them to raise your credit limit.  This will increase your available credit and credit score.

Bonus Note:  Put the card away and forget about it - no more charging on the card!  Ideally, you should keep credit card balances at 1/3 of your credit limit. 

5. Make Sure Your Creditor Reports to the Credit Bureaus - No every creditor you have reports GOOD PAYMENT HISTORY to the credit bureaus.  They will normally report the bad.  Ask them to report if you have a good payment history.                

Bonus Note:  Click here to pull your credit report for free.  If you don't see your credit obligation on your report, call and ask them to report it.  You pay them, right?  It's the least they could do. 

6. Keep at Least Three (3) Open Accounts - always shoot for three good, open accounts on your credit.  The older, the better.  Again, don't close old accounts. 

If you aren't sure if you have 3 open accounts, follow this link to review your credit report.                

Bonus Note:  If you don't have three good, open accounts, pay attention to the next step!


Credit Card7. Apply for a Secured or Annual Fee Credit Card - this is a great way to build credit if you can't get approved for standard credit card.  Click this link to apply for a card.

Bonus Note:  Understand this is the cost of rebuilding your credit.  If you get an Annual Fee Credit Card, pay the fee off immediately.  Any monthly fees should be paid off as soon as possible.  Don't charge anything on these accounts.  In three months, you will probably get a credit limit increase and see an improvement to your score.

8. Dispute Any Delinquent Credit Accounts - If you credit report is showing any delinquent accounts, call the creditor (their numbers are listed at the end of your credit report) and ask them for a written proof of the derogatory account.  If they can't prove it, it has to go!

9. Ask for a 30-Day Late to be Removed - If you have a good payment history with a creditor and show one - 30 day late, call and ask for them to remove it.  Chances are good they will.

10. Get Professional Credit Advice - using a credit counseling company can sometimes show up on your credit.  It looks almost as bad as a bankruptcy (since it as viewed as you can't manage your own bills).  Find a NON-PROFIT agency that doesn't report on your credit as a THIRD-PARTY ASSISTANCE AGENCY.

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If you don't know what your credit looks like, I strongly recommend you check it today.  You can pull your credit for FREE once every 12 months through each of the three bureaus.  Click here to pull your credit for free!Interest Rate

The two most important things you can do before investing in a home are:  Educate yourself and be proactive with your credit.  You will be rewarded with an improved credit score and a better interest rate, which over the life of a 30 year fixed loan, could save your thousands of dollars. 

To get an idea of what your payments would be using different interest rates and/or making extra payments, try this loan calculator

If you have reviewed your credit and it doesn't look too bad or if you don't have much established credit - YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR A LOAN TODAY!Rural Development

 

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1MMPlease contact me directly at 724-783-7180 or email me at  jkladny@hotmail.com for more information.  Thanks!  JENNIFER KLADNY - Loan Officer - 1st HouseMetropolitan Mortgage 115 East Pennsylvania Avenue, New Stanton, PA  15672.

 

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Comments (3)

Tara Colquitt
Tara Colquitt, The Credit Woman, LLC - Philadelphia, PA
Credit Counselor

Jennifer: You have made many valid points, although I don't agree with all of them. However, as of September last year piggybacking no longer helps the secondary authorized card user. See link.  

This is very helpful information for everyone, not just those that are looking to purchase a home. Credit affects what you pay for everything. 

Apr 27, 2008 11:00 AM
Debi Ernst
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors - O'Fallon, MO
GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate
I have clients who are looking to improve their credit score all the time.  You've made some good points.  Thanks for sharing!  :)
Apr 27, 2008 11:15 AM
Jennifer Kladny
Premier Servicing Company, LLC - Kittanning, PA

Thanks Tara for the update on piggybacking!  I will have to change this and will check out your link.  I was still under the impression it was a valid alternative.

Debi - Thanks for the kudos.  I am so glad the info was useful!  JENNIFER

Apr 27, 2008 11:22 AM