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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.
Virtual Tours and Live Streams a Hit on REALTOR.ca
While staying home to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Canadians are spending more time looking at properties on REALTOR.ca, Canadas No. 1 real estate platform*. During the week of March 9, visits to REALTOR.ca dropped by 30%; however, since April 12 traffic has crept back up by 14% and consumer inquiries to REALTORS through the site rose by 25%similar to levels during the same period last year. Despite the pandemic, REALTOR.ca has seen a 14% increase of visitors during the first quarter of 2020.
As COVID-19 is limiting how buyers can visit homes that interest them, REALTOR.ca makes it possible for Canadian REALTORS to virtually showcase listings by integrating video and 3D tours from 10 of the most popular services. Since April 7, REALTORS can also schedule and promote live stream open houses using popular platforms such as Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Zoom and YouTube.
If theres one thing 30-plus years in this business has taught me, its that as an industry we are early adopters of technology, said Costa Poulopoulos, Chair of the Canadian Real Estate Association. With restrictions on how we can continue to serve our clients, Im proud that weve been able to add features for REALTORS that allow them to continue to show homes to interested buyers.
Canada's Manufacturing heavily impacted in March
Manufacturing shipments fell 9.2% in March after climbing 0.4% the prior month. This result was more than double the drop expected by consensus (-4.5%). Lower sales were registered in 17 of the 21 industries surveyed, including transportation (-26.5%), petroleum and coal products (-32.2%), and plastics/rubber products (-10.9%). Alternatively, shipments increased for food manufacturing (+8.2%) and paper manufacturing (+8.4%). With the price effect removed, total factory sales decreased 8.3% m/m, while inventories grew 0.8%. As a result, the real inventory-to-sales ratio rose from 1.56 to 1.72, a bad sign for future production.
Manufacturing sales came in much worse than expected in March, matching their largest one-month decline on record (December 2008). Sales retraced all the way back to their level in June 2016. It should come as no surprise that disruptions from COVID-19 were the chief cause of the decline. Indeed, 78.3% of manufacturing businesses reported being impacted by the pandemic. Transportation saw a significant decline owing to plant closures, while refineries lowered production as demand and prices waned. Not everyone experienced an adverse shock, as evidenced by marked increases for food (groceries) and paper manufacturing (toilet paper) in the month. This will likely be transitory, however, as households rushed to stock up in March. Eight of the ten provinces reported lower sales, with Ontario and Quebec posting the largest declines. All told, given that confinement measures had been in place for only two weeks in March, the April manufacturing picture can be expected to be even worse.
Home sales fell 56.8% from March to April, to the lowest level recorded since the inception of seasonally adjusted data in 1988. The fall was generalized to all the 26 major markets tracked by CREA except Newfoundland and Labrador, where sales rose 13.6%. New listings also fell sharply (-55.7%) but active listings only 8.7%. Therefore, the active-listings-to-sales ratio (our preferred gauge of market conditions) skyrocketed from 4.3 months of inventory in March to 9.2 in April, the largest since the 2008-09 recession.
Source: National Bank of Canada