Tips on How to Manage and Repair Your Credit

Establishing good credit is essential in today’s consumer environment.  It is most critical when considering the purchase of a home and acquiring a mortgage.

5 Key Steps to Managing Your Credit

  • Make your payments on time!

o   A late payment affects your credit quickly!

  • · Don’t max out your credit card – try to keep the balance at 50% or less.

o Its best to have a few cards at a half balance than 1 card maxed out

§ This rule is particularly true when you are shopping for a home loan

  • · Don’t close ANY OLD credit cards!

o You will loose your “start” date and never get it back.  The longer you have a card open the better it is for your credit score.

  • · Do NOT open Store credit cards (i.e. A department store or music store)

o However, if you already have some open – DO NOT CLOSE THEM EITHER – just keep them active and paid on time!

  • · Keep your credit open & active.  For the cards you do have – use them every 3 months – allow them to send you a statement and then pay if off!

o It does you no good to use it and then pay it off online when you get home – you need the credit company to report the use to the bureaus and this happens every 30 days (when you get your statement).

  • · Check your credit report every 3 to 6 months to prevent identity theft.

o Try http://www.annualcreditreport.com

  • · Do not pay for your credit score – too many inquires done yourself will bring your score down!

Key Steps to Repairing Your Credit

Much like managing your credit well – repairing your credit requires the same rules.  If you are shopping for a home loan and your score is too low here are some key steps to heal your credit.

  • · Start making ALL your payments ON TIME no matter what!

o Your credit score can heal itself every 30 days

  • · Start to consolidate your debt by paying off the high interest cards first while maintaining monthly    payments on the other cards.
  • · DO NOT OPEN any new lines of credit at all.

o When shopping for a home loan you could ruin your credit score and debt to income ratio with too many lines of credit.

  • · DO NOT use a “credit repair” company
And SPEND WISELY – being a homeowner is like being a squirrel – sock away that money for a rainy day and create a budget you can live with and save with.
Got Questions – The Caton Team is here to help – email us at Info@TheCatonTeam.com or visit our website at http://thecatonteam.com/
To read my personal journey through homeownership – visit http://ajourneythroughhomeownership.wordpress.com/  Enjoy!

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Sabrina Caton - The Caton Team Realtors

Sabrina & Susan are native Californians - born and raised in the Silicon Valley with a passion for Residential Real Estate. A mother and daughter-in-law duo called - The Caton Team. With over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time. Call | Text at: 650-799-4333 | Email Info@TheCatonTeam.com The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true. The Peninsula is our backyard - let us help make it yours. We represent Buyer’s and Seller’s throughout the Bay Area. The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina A Family of Realtors Effective. Efficient. Responsive. What can we do for you?

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