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Let’s start with three great reminders to make sure you understand and check in with your credit history, which is basically your financial resume:
- Look at your credit report at least once a year
- If you see any inaccuracies on your credit report, dispute them!
- Understand how long negative information could stay on your credit report
Request a free credit report: Did you know that your financial activity, related to credit, is all detailed on a credit report that lenders, landlords, and even employers may consult when considering how trustworthy, or creditworthy, you are? You are entitled to one free credit report a year and this is the only website that is authorized by Federal law to provide your free reports: www.annualcreditreport.com. If another website says it is a free report, it normally is not.
Correct mistakes on your credit report: There are 4 steps you need to take to correct an error on your credit report. A mistake is when there is something on your credit report that is false, or fraudulent.
- Identify the error.
- Report the mistake by getting in touch with one of the major credit reporting agencies
- Check in with them -- they have 45 days to respond
- Follow up to make sure an error is removed! Remember it is up to you to report these mistakes on your credit report, so it’s best to request a credit report once a year.
What is the 7 Year Reporting Period?: Building credit takes time. Small mistakes could stay on your credit report for a while and impact your credit in a big way. How long can something stay on your credit report? Seven years to be exact, so make sure you consider this as you embark on your credit-building journey.
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