Did you know that bad credit really can ruin your life? An average credit score is bad enough, but a score below average an really wreak havoc on many areas of your life. This is especially true in today’s market where banks are more hesitant to write subprime loans. Because of all the loan defaults that have been happening throughout the past months, a bad credit score can really kill your prospects.
For one thing, less than average score can keep you from getting loans you need for whatever you need to buy. This is most pronounced in the housing market. As foreclosures skyrocket and banks lose money on housing that homeowner’s can’t pay for, higher and higher credit scores are necessary to get a mortgage. This phenomenon is also happening when it comes to cars, personal loans, lines of credit, and even school loans. If you don’t have good credit, you’re simply not going to get the money you need.
Also, though, even if you do get the loans you need, you might end up paying much more for them than you need to do. Mortgage rates are at a historic low for those who have the credit score to take advantage of the market, but those with poor scores will find that they are paying too much interest. A couple of percentage points in interest might not seem like a big deal, but it can make the difference of hundreds of dollars on a monthly payment. Plus, even one percentage difference in a mortgage could mean that you spend thousands more dollars on your home over its lifetime.
You don’t have to let bad credit ruin your life, though. You can really shape up your credit quickly by taking a few simple steps. The problem, though, is that you have to get your credit in shape before you get ready to apply for a loan. This might mean putting of buying a home or a new car while you get your credit in shape. However, a few months’ wait on these things is nothing compared with the money you’ll save when you have a better score.
The best thing you can do for your bad credit score is simply to pay down debt. You’ll also need to check your credit reports for errors. These two simple steps can up your credit score by several points, dropping your interest rates by a lot, as well.