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Will my credit profile affect my ability to get the best loan rates?

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Your credit profile contains your credit score and credit reports, and it is used to evaluate your credit behavior to determine your eligibility and rates for a loan. Here are some steps to follow to shop for the best loan based on your profile:

Profile evaluation

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When you shop for a loan, the bank or lender will evaluate your credit standing with your latest credit report, which will outline your payment history and other factors. Creditors watch out for indicators such as your debt-to-income DTI and your credit utilization ratio, which give them a clearer picture of your credit behavior. Creditors will want you to meet some requirements that indicate you will be able to repay the loan you are applying for, i.e. a good credit score suggests that you will repay your debt on time.

Credit score and rates

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Your credit score indicates the financial habits you have adopted and predicts your future behavior. Your credit score is relevant when determining your interest rates because creditors expect a person with a good credit score to pay off a loan, thus charging less in interest rates. When a person does not have a good credit score, it is most likely due to poor credit management, a high amount of debt, or any other derogatory mark.

Improve your credit score

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When you raise your credit score, you will give yourself a better chance of being approved for a loan with better terms. Start by keeping your credit card balances low to lower your credit utilization. It is advisable to keep this ratio below 30%. Paying your bills on time will prevent you from generating interest, and it will help reduce your debt. Whenever you have the option to pay your bills on time, do it. (sentence deleted)

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Daniel Quiroz

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