What is a Credit Score?


Every where we go, you hear talk about good credit, credit checks, credit scores, and other credit terms that can baffle you. Credit and credit scores are the lifeline of the financial industry. It is very difficult to go through life without applying for some form of credit. Credit is when an individual or business gives you something of which you promise to pay at a later date, usually in installments. Loans, mortgages and credit cards are the well known types of credit there is, but changes in the credit reporting industry can have accounts reported from utility companies, insurance companies and landlords/rental companies.

Credit is granted based on what is in your credit reports and your credit scores. A credit score is a numerical calculation on the likelihood that you will pay your credit obligations. The higher the number, the more trusting a company is to grant credit. The numerical calculation is based on your payment history, types of credit, amounts owed, length of credit and credit inquiries.

Payment history is makes up 35% of your credit score, making it the most important. Always make your payments on time and never skip one. Missing one payment or paying late can drop you scores by 20 points, even more, and recovering from that can take a long time.

How much you in all your credit obligations accounts for 30% of your credit scores. Just because you have a $1,000 credit limit on a credit doesn’t mean you should use it all. The optimal rate is using 30% of your available credit, going over this percentage reduces your credit scores.

Length of credit history is 15% of your credit scores. The longer you have had credit accounts open and active, the better your scores. This shows that you’ve had credit for some time and have kept up your part of the bargain. The longer you have had credit, the better the odds of attaining new credit.

Your credit scores also take into account the kind of credit you have, and it makes up 10% of your scores. An optimal credit report has 1 mortgage loan in good standing, 1 auto loan in good standing and 3-4 credit cards, active and in good standing. Having different types of credit accounts shows all around financial stability and creditworthiness.

Finally, inquiries into your credit reports account for 10% of your scores. Whether credit is granted or not, every time you apply for any typ of credit, a notation is made in your credit reports. Too many inquiries, especially around the same time, can raise a red flag while lowering your scores at the same time. Creditors assume you are applying for credit irresponsibly when you request lots of credit at the same time.

Do you know the health of your credit profile? When was the last time you checked your credit reports? Are you actively taking care of your credit reports, improving them so your credit scores can go up? If you need assistance in this, or have another credit question, feel free to CONTACT ME.

COLLECTION ACCOUNTS AND CREDIT REPORTS


People try to keep up with their bills but things happen in life which sometimes causes situations to change. People usually stop paying a bill(s) because of loss of employment, reduction in income, medical emergency, family tragedy, and/or change in life circumstance, just to name a few. After a few months of the nonpayment, this bill will more than likely be turned over to a collection agency. This is when those dreaded color envelopes start coming in the mail.

A collection agency is a company that is in charge of collecting on the outstanding debt. Sometimes the “agency” is a department in the same company that the money is owed to, but for the most part, it is an external company that purchases the debt off the original creditor. Once the collection agency starts acting on the account and reporting to the credit bureaus, the original creditor should not be reporting the same debt. This is a common error in many credit reports that can be disputed and removed.

Collection agencies tend to sell off accounts to other companies, but fail to provide all of the corresponding paperwork that goes with the account and also in updating credit bureaus of the account changing holder(s). This is a huge problem as two companies, or more, can attempt to collect on the debt as well as both reporting the same debt to the credit bureaus. People can end up paying the same debt more than once, without noticing, because different companies were collecting on the same debt at the same time. Also, more than one company reporting on the same debt can make your “credit burden” look larger than what it actually is, causing requests for new credit to be denied and/or interest rates to be higher than what they should be, had these errors been corrected in a timely fashion.

All collection accounts, because of the fluid nature of the business and the ease of transfer between companies, should be verified before being paid off. Also, make sure you request a pay-per-deletion letter before making any payment. This letter ensures you get the negative entry of the collection account removed from your credit reports, as you can submit it yourself to all credit bureaus, instead of waiting on the collection agency to do so, which can take forever.

If you are planning on buying a home, take care of all collection accounts on your credit reports at least one (1) year prior to applying for a mortgage. These negative accounts in your credit history can mean the difference between a 4% and a 9% mortgage interest rate. Not taking care of these accounts can be costly over the years, and taking care of them today will be beneficial to your financial stability and success. CLICK HERE for more information on repairing your credit.

Just Because its Bigger, Doesn’t Mean its Better

big not betterCredit repair companies are looked upon with a skeptical eye as many have been led to believe that credit repair is illegal and only time can repair your credit. This is not true and the Fair Credit Reporting Act gives you the right to challenge incorrect information in your credit reports. Why wouldn’t you challenge information in your credit reports that are reflecting negatively on your credit worthiness. There are many credit repair companies out there, but not all provide the same level of service.

Not too long ago, someone reached out to me with questions about credit repair. I was shocked to find out that he had signed up with a large, and very well-known repair company, over a month had passed yet he had not heard a thing from them. Our turnaround time is less than a week, and we get started immediately on your analysis and disputes. The credit repair process takes time when done legally; hence, the faster you begin the process, the quicker the results.

Also, credit repair is not only disputing negative items in your credit reports, establishing good credit at the same time is essential for the process to work. Knowing when and how to establish new and good credit history is something Martinez Consulting Services teaches, as well as other credit habits that should be implemented in order to achieve financial goals and independence. Learning how to use credit correctly will help raise your scores and credit worthiness in the eyes of creditors and lenders, placing you in a position where you can purchase your dream home, dream car, send your kids to the college of their choice or take that dream vacation without leaving you destitute. The possibilities are endless if you take control of your credit and finances today. To request information or to get started, please send your contact information with preferred method and time of contact to Lmartinez964@optimum.net.

Other Services we Offer:

Notary Services

  • Mobile Notary
  • Apostille Services
  • Signing Agent Services

Business Services

  • Business Formation
  • Licensing/Permit Application
  • Consulting Services
  • Credit Services

Individual Services

  • Document Preparation
  • Typing Services
  • Credit Repair/Analysis
  • Virtual Bankruptcy Assistant (For attorneys only)

The Time is Now – Repair Your Credit Today

FullSizeRenderWelcome to a new year. A time to start over and a time to fix our past errors. One of the biggest mistakes people often make is not taking care of their credit. Whether noticeable or not, credit affects our day to day lives, regardless of using the credit or not. Knowing how to use credit correctly can open many doors, like:

  • Better rates on mortgages and refinances
  • No or low interest rates on credit cards
  • Lower rates on car loans
  • Better insurance rates, whether life, auto, etc.
  • Positive results on job screenings that perform credit checks
  • Better housing options

Having good credit is important and you need to stay on top of it. Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), you have the right to dispute all inaccurate, erroneous and obsolete information. Information being reported that is wrong can be legally removed from your credit reports. This goes for anything and everything, including but not limited to:

  • Foreclosures
  • Student loans
  • Late payments
  • Bankruptcies
  • Repossessions
  • Child support
  • Charge offs
  • Public records
  • Collections
  • Judgements
  • Tax liens

Martinez Consulting Services will help repair your credit and teach you the necessary tools to help you achieve your credit goals, whether it’s to be debt free, buy a house, buy a car or take that dream vacation. The possibilities are endless if you take control of your credit and finances today. To request information or to get started, please send your contact information with preferred method and time of contact to Lmartinez964@optimum.net.


 

Other Services we Offer:

Notary Services

  • Mobile Notary
  • Apostille Services
  • Signing Agent Services

Business Services

  • Business Formation
  • Licensing/Permit Application
  • Consulting Services
  • Credit Services

Individual Services

  • Document Preparation
  • Typing Services
  • Credit Repair/Analysis
  • Translation Services (Spanish/English)
  • Fingerprinting

Lorraine Martinez
Mobile Notary, Business and Certified Credit Consultant
Martinez Consulting Services Corp.
P.O. Box 506
Bronx New York 10459
347-947-0084 Tel/Text
800-957-4405 Fax
Lmartinez964@optimum.net

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