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Credit Reports guide

By Mansi gupta

Big and small loans have become quite a commonplace these days. Borrowing money has also become quite frequent with the advent of credit cards. As more and more people are banking on loans and other money borrowing techniques to accomplish their tasks, in order to save themselves from deceit banks and other money lending organizations have started enquiring about the individual's history first.

The information so sought by banks and such organizations is in the form of a credit report. For any lender/s a credit report is the ideal way to determine a person's creditworthiness. A credit report is a document that lists the concerned person's credit history, employment and residence history. The personal details so mentioned in the report are the details filled by the person in his credit application. The report is created and updated using information from banks, traders and other creditors. Credit report also lists any judgments, tax liens, bankruptcies or similar matters of public record entered against the individual. In simple terms the report also records the number of times your credit report has been sought whether by a lender, service provider, landlord or employer which remains for up to two years.

Reflecting on a person's past credit structure, a credit report thus enables a creditor to assess the ability of a person to repay the loan or make timely payments. This makes it easy for him to decide whether the loan is to be sanctioned in favor of the person or not.

But the fact is that a credit report can never be made available to any organization without the consent of the person being reported on. Moreover there are times when reporting agencies refuse to provide credit reports or investigate credit disputes, saying that they cannot identify the consumers. They ask the consumer to mail the copies of ID and utility bills or any other important documentation. Also for men and women in military it is even more difficult to get their own credit reports and many a times when you are overseas, it is just impossible to get that.

Lately it has been seen that access to credit information is proving to be a bone of contention for the businesses and consumers. Some big fish in this market such as Equifax, Experian and Trans Union are planning to introduce their own multi-agency credit score to outwit each other.

Every such company aims to make profits by providing accurate and instant credit information to the consumers. But unfortunately most often the results are disastrous in the form of inaccurate credit reports, identity theft and huge fees for credit monitoring after the consumer's identity has been made available to thieves.

However a lot of nuances can be prevented if the consumer is cautious. After an individual gets his report, he should study it thoroughly. Anything negative on the report should be corrected right away, like the unpaid bills. Once you have paid the dues, let the concerned business notify the credit-reporting agency of it.

The accuracy of the report i.e. opening of any new account, charges you did not make or negligence or crime you are not responsible for etc. should also be carefully checked. If there is any fault, immediately report the concerned credit report agency about it.
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