Tips To Improve Your Credit Score
It’s all about confidence. Affirm Financial gives you the tools to build that confidence with lenders. By using Affirm Financial Services you can establish a credit history that gives lenders the confidence to lend you more at lower rates. At Affirm Financial we do more than offer financial services – we share our insight with our customers to help them use their credit wisely and to their own advantage.
The following tips are designed to help you improve your credit score and show you how to monitor your credit history with free reports:
Make your monthly payments on time
Make your minimum monthly payments on time or better yet, pay more than the minimum. Work with creditors to negotiate a payment schedule to get those debts off your credit history.
How much access to credit you have in relation to your income
Close unused accounts. The credit on those accounts actually work against your credit worthiness. Try to keep your balance per card to less than 40% of the credit card limit. The lower the balance on the card, the more likely lenders are to view you as low risk.
How you use your credit card
Lenders are looking for customers who don’t have high risk profiles: customers who use their credit wisely. While you may think taking your card to the limit and paying it off in lump sum shows off your financial capabilities, lenders tend to see this type
of behaviour as risky.
Credit application timing
While you may want to apply to a number of financial service providers all at once to see who approves you, think again. Lenders may view such activity as a sign of financial distress or possible fraudulent activity. This may have an adverse impact on your ability to get credit. Space out your application requests!
Bad things happen to good people. Request a credit report on an annual basis. They are free if you submit your request by mail. Look for accounts you did not open. Always check your monthly statements for transactions that don’t make sense. It’s so easy to take for granted that your credit worthiness is protected. It’s not.
Suggestion: You can buy credit agency services to inform you every time your credit history has been requested (usually a good sign that someone is trying to use your identity for their gain). You can also request your credit history report for free through Equifax and TransUnion.
How to order your credit report and score
To get a free credit report mailed to you, simply fill out the request form (links attached), photocopy two pieces of government ID and mail it in. If you want your report right away you can go online and pay a fee to get it. Contact information for Equifax Canada and TransUnion Canada is listed below.
We recommend you alternate your credit history every six months between Equifax Canada and TransUnion Canada. These two agencies collect information from a variety of sources and process it in their own proprietary way. You may find that your credit history varies from agency to agency. You may also find that something is incorrect with one agency’s report. This strategy allows you to keep up to date on your credit history and act accordingly.
Consumer Relations Department
P.O. Box 190, Station Jean-Talon
Montreal, QC H1S 2Z2
5650 Yonge St.,
Toronto, ON M2M 4G3
Download The Free Credit Report Form
Consumer Relations Centre
P.O. Box 338, LCD 1
Hamilton, ON L8L 7W2
Phone (toll-free) :
Download The Free Credit Report Form
Newfoundland and Labrador Consumer Relations
55 Bond St., Suite 202
St. John’s, NL A1C 5W2
Nova Scotia Consumer Relations
6389 Coburg Rd., Suite 305
Halifax, NS B3H 2A5
Ontario Consumer Relations
3115 Harvester Rd., Suite 201
Burlington, ON L7N 3N8
Prince Edward Island Consumer Relations
51 University Ave., Suite 103
Charlottetown, P.E.I. C1A 4K8
Credit scores are not free.
Contact Equifax and/or TransUnion to order your credit score.
Keeping track of your credit history and credit scores is important
The only person who knows what’s really is going on is you, and you are the only person who can make things right.When you keep your credit score up-to-date, odds are you will have better access to credit at better rates.
Beware… There are companies that use “free credit score” offers to get you to contact them. These companies may ask you to sign up for a service to get the “free credit score.” Some sites are set up for criminal activity to get all of your personal information and use it to fraudulently get credit. Be careful. We strongly recommend you work with reputable credit agencies.