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Monday, March 25, 2013

"It's what they DON'T report that HURTS!"

... Have you (or someone you know) noticed that there may be some accounts or positive information that is not reporting on your credit report that could help your credit score? Well, I have!
We may all be familiar with the fact that there might be incorrect information reporting on our credit reports that are hurting our credit scores with Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.  However, were you aware that there may be positive information that is not reporting on your credit reports that may help your score?
Here are TWO (2) things to consider if positive information is not reporting on your credit report.
That's Right!  The credit reporting system is voluntary!  Therefore, it is NOT required for financial institutions, buy here pay here organizations, or apartment rental organizations to report to credit reporting companies. Therefore, you may find that your positive payment histories may not be reporting to help increase your credit score.  Some organizations only report negative information; or they may only report to one or two of the credit reporting companies but not all three.
HELPFUL HINT:  Before you sign a credit agreement for a loan, ask the organization or financial institution if they report to all three credit reporting companies. 
#2: MIX UPS!
If you share the same name and may have shared the same address with someone, like a family member (parent/child), trades may be mixed up and reported on the wrong credit file.  Credit Reporting Companies use the Name and Address as the primary matching triggers.  The secondary triggers are date of birth and social security number.  Therefore, this is a common mix up with parents and children who share the same names.
HELPFUL HINT:  Include any name suffixes like Jr., Sr., III, etc., on all financial documents and credit applications and agreements. Also, check your credit reports regularly to make sure all information is correct for you.  If there is incorrect information reporting, dispute the information immediately with each credit reporting company, if necessary.