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Five credit report dos and don'ts when purchasing a home

04.29.2013

Overspending on credit cards can hurt a person's score.

Consumers who are considering purchasing a home may want to get their financial situation in order before looking for a mortgage. This can be simple to difficult, depending on a person's credit history, but it is necessary to know where a consumer's finances stand. Improving a financial situation and avoiding pitfalls are good ways to start, and many dos and don'ts of credit exist.

Credit report dos
Getting into some credit habits can be beneficial to those who plan on buying a home at some point in their life. This can be hard to get into the habit of, but once a person starts making an effort to improve, they may see some noticeable results on their credit score.

  • Stop spending on credit cards - If a person's credit is damaged, it is important to stop spending money on their credit cards, so that they can pay it off. Saving can be a great thing, and it may be necessary to change financial habits to prevent issues.
  • Get credit help if needed - Looking for outside assistance isn't a bad thing. This can be a good way to get the right ideas on how to prepare a credit score for the mortgage application process. Knowing what is needed can only be helpful.

Credit report don'ts
While there are some good aspects to credit management, there are also some things consumers will need to look out for. Avoiding these habits can be a boost to the situation.

  • Don't max out credit cards - Putting a significant amount of money on a credit card can hurt the chances of paying it off without missing a payment. This could risk credit score damages.
  • Don't avoid bill deadlines - If bills are paid on time, the consumer's credit will continue to improve. However, neglect is a simple way to damage credit, as the credit bureaus frown upon late payments or no payments at all.
  • Don't spend out of your budget - Overspending is also a way to put a person in a bad situation, as they may not be able to have the money put aside to pay off bills, which may lower scores noticeably.

These are just some of the things that a person can keep an eye on to help improve their credit situation, and following these rules can increase their chances of getting a loan, overall.

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