Looking for ways to increase your credit score? There are some tips you need to know that will help you increase your score. The first is, never cancel a credit card that is more than two years old. Having a “seasoned” account, one that is more than 2 years old is beneficial for you.
Second, increase your maximum allowable credit limit. If you have a credit card that is close to its maximum balance, call the credit card company and ask them to increase the credit limit. The credit bureaus don’t like to see “maxed out” credit. Ask them to do this without pulling your credit.
In addition, spread out your balances among your credit cards to keep the ratio between cards balanced and credit limits to 30% or less. Finally, be sure to pay your bills on time. The number one reason for a low credit score is late payments. Studies have show that 79% of all credit reports have errors on them so check your credit periodically to look for mistakes. Remember that lower scores mean higher interest rates for buyers. Keep in mind that the “free” on line credit reports DO NOT include your credit score. You have to pay extra for your FICO score. So if you are thinking about purchasing a home, please call RREA’s in house lender, Terry Traylor, to apply. If anything negative shows up on your credit, Terry can help you fix it over time.