Loans

Loans of any kind represent an important part of your credit report, with the time interval, amount of debt incurred and payment history all heavily influencing whether you can borrow again in the future.

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How to Improve Your Credit Score to Qualify for a Loan

  • Make on-time payments on one or more credit cards or credit accounts, utility bills and medical bills.
  • Maintain low balances on credit cards and other forms of revolving credit.
  • Apply for new credit only as needed, but keep unused credit cards open.
  • Pay off debt rather than move it around.
  • Protect credit accounts from fraud and identity theft.
  • Avoid any financial legal judgments.

How Much Personal Debt Should You Have

As a general rule, your total debt including home, auto, and personal commitments should amount to no more than 36 percent to 41 percent of your monthly income before taxes.