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Everything you need to know about your credit score
Everything you need to know about your credit score
We separates fact from fiction.
Its something most of us have, but dont know much about. Were talking about credit scores. Credit scores play an important role if youre looking to make a large purchase, like buying a house or car. Financial expert Robyn Thompson breaks things down and separates fact from fiction.
What is a credit score?
Your credit score can range from as low as 300 to as high as 900. While theres no magic number, the following ranges are generally used by lenders.
725-759: Good job!
561-659: Some debt.
300-560: Poor credit.
Keeping your credit score in check
Check your credit score annually
A check can reveal signs of identity theft or errors that appear on your report. Do this annually for both credit bureaus. Ensure that attempts have not been made to open credit cards, other loans, or mortgages in your name. And request any errors be corrected.
Monitor your payment history
Your payment history is the most important factor for your credit score. To improve your payment history:
*Always make your payments on time
*At the very least, make the minimum payment
*Contact the lender right immediately if you cant pay a bill
*Never skip a payment even if its in dispute
Use credit wisely
Dont go over your credit limit and use less than 35 per cent of your available credit. Lenders view the use of maximum credit as a greater risk factor, even if you pay your balance in full by the due date.
Limit your credit applications and credit checks
A credit check is recorded as an inquiry by the credit bureau. If there are too many credit checks on your report, lenders may think you need credit urgently or that youre living beyond your means by juggling credit.
Some of the most common credit myths are:
**Your score drops if you check your own credit. Viewing your own report and score is counted as a soft inquiry and doesnt change the score one way or another. On the other hand, hard inquiries by a lender or creditor can slightly lower your credit score.
**Closing old accounts raises your score. Wrong. This might actually have the opposite effect because your credit history appears shorter. If you need to close accounts, shut down the new ones first.
**Paying off a negative record takes it off your credit report. Negative records collection accounts, late payments, etc. will remain on your credit reports for up to seven years from the date of first delinquency. It will still have some effect until it is purged from your report by the credit reporting company.
**Co-signing a loan takes the heat off you. No, it doesnt. You are held legally responsible for joint or co-signed accounts. And activity on the joint accounts shows up on the credit reports of both account holders. You can end dual liability on joint accounts by having one party refinance the loan or persuade the creditor to formally take you off the account. Better yet, avoid joint or co-signed credit.
**Paying off a debt boosts your credit score by 50 points. A myth. Because of the
complexity of credit-score calculations, its almost impossible the effect one factor might have on points. For the best credit score pay your bills on time, lower your debts, and ensure inaccuracies are corrected. A proven record of sound financial management will have the most significant impact on your score.
Housing market continues to moderate in June
Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales were down between May and June 2021.
Home sales recorded over Canadian MLS Systems fell by 8.4% month-over month in June 2021, marking the third straight monthly slowdown since activity hit an all-time record back in March. While sales are now down a cumulative 25% from their peak, and below every other month in the last year, June transactions still managed to set a record for that month.
Month-over-month declines in sales activity were once again quite broad-based, with sales moderating in around 80% of all local markets, including almost all large markets across Canada.
The actual (not seasonally adjusted) number of transactions in June 2021 was up 13.6% on a year-over-year basis and marked a new record for that month.
While there is still a lot of activity in many housing markets across Canada, things have noticeably calmed down in the last few months, said Cliff Stevenson, Chair of CREA. There remains a shortage of supply in many parts of the country, but at least there isnt the same level of competition among buyers we were seeing a few months ago. As these conditions continue to evolve over the summer and fall, your best bet is to consult with your local REALTOR for information and guidance about buying or selling a home at this stage in the cycle, continued Stevenson.
Record rise of home prices in May
In May the TeranetNational Bank National Composite House Price IndexTM was up 2.8% from the previous month, the largest monthly rise since the index series began in 1999. It was led by four of the 11 constituent markets: Ottawa-Gatineau (4.9%), Halifax (4.3%), Hamilton (3.7%) and Toronto (3.4%). Rises were more moderate for Vancouver (2.3%), Winnipeg (2.2%), Montreal (2.2%), Victoria (2.1%), Calgary (1.4%), Quebec City (1.2%) and Edmonton (1.2%). It was a third consecutive month in which all 11 markets of the composite index were up from the month before.
The May rise was consistent with the increase in number of home sales over the last several months as reported by the Canadian Real Estate Association. For a ninth straight month, the number of sale pairs entering into the 11 metropolitan indexes was higher than a year earlier. The unsmoothed composite index, seasonally adjusted, was up 2.1% in May, suggesting that the uptrend of the published (smoothed) index could continue.
The May composite index was up 13.7% from a year earlier, for a 10th consecutive acceleration and the strongest 12-month gain since July 2017. The 12-month rise was led by five markets Halifax (29.9%), Hamilton (25.5%), Ottawa-Gatineau (22.8%), Montreal (17.6%) and Victoria (15.3%). Toronto matched the countrywide average at 13.7%. Lagging that average were Vancouver (11.9%), Winnipeg (10.4%), Quebec City (9.8%), Calgary (4.5%) and Edmonton (3.6%).
Besides the Toronto and Hamilton indexes included in the countrywide composite, indexes exist for seven smaller urban areas of the Golden Horseshoe Barrie, Guelph, Brantford, Kitchener, St. Catharines, Oshawa and Peterborough. In May all seven were up from the previous month and from a year earlier. The 12-month gains ranged from 27.6% for Brantford to 31.4% for Barrie.