Much of the purchasing made by individuals are done with the use of credits or loans. You get a car through a car loan, a house via a mortgage, your education through educational loans or just about any other need through the use of credit cards. Gone were the days when you had to carry load of cash to buy what you require.
Before an individual can access a credit or a loan, however, his credit history will first have to be checked by the bank or the financial entity that will be issuing him the loan. This is done through credit reports review. With the importance such a credit report have on your future loans, it is vital that you review first all your credit reports before you decide to apply for a loan. Otherwise, you run the risk of being rejected.
A “consumer reporting agency CRA)” is in charge of gathering and selling credit information. One common example of this is a credit bureau. There are three main credit bureaus in the USA at present and some minor ones. Likewise, there are 3 major types of credit reports, i.e., the annual credit report, the consumer credit report and lastly, the business credit report.
The annual credit report is maintained by all 3 agencies, the Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. According to law, anybody can get a copy of this credit report yearly from any or all of the three agencies upon request. A fee will be asked for subsequent requests.
Most of the credit agencies in the country maintain the “consumer credit report”. This one however is not free of charge but can be requested anytime of the year as long as the fees are paid. You can access the consumer credit report online. Likewise not free of charge is the last type, the “business credit report”. It contains the credit history of a certain company or business.
A credit report contains four basic things. The first one is the identifying information which is the personal details that include the person’s name, date of birth, spouse and the spouse’s details, the details of the past and present employers, social security number and the past and present addresses.
Also in the report are the credit information and as well as the public record information which includes banks accounts, loans, court records, etc.. Lastly, the credit record will also include recent inquiries such as the people or companies that obtained credit report copies the past year or two.
It is vital that you get a copy of all three credit reports and review them well. They are quite important if you wanted to get future loans. By reviewing them before applying for a loan, you will prevent possible problems such as inaccuracies or errors. Credit reports are known to contain errors. Likewise, you will know the chances of your loans if you already know what your credit report contains. No unwelcome surprises.