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What is credit and how can one make their credit score better?
Airdate: October 26, 2022
Higher credit scores are benefiting consumers and borrowers but there are 35% of Americans who don’t know their credit scores and are unaware of how it affects their purchasing power.
Twenty six million adults are considered credit invisible, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Shelley Peterson, Director of the Housing and Financial Education program for Community Progress Council and Rebecca Gramuglia, TopCashBack Consumer Expert joined us on Wednesday’s Smart Talk to discuss credit and tips on how to improve it.
Peterson said, credit represents financial power and having the credit worthiness to be able to borrow money with the promise of paying it back.
She also said, an excellent credit score is 720 and up; in order to maintain a good credit score its important to limit your amount of inquiries within a twelve month period.
“The benefits of having good credit are that it can open a plethora of opportunities to a person, whether it’s getting a low interest rate on a mortgage or a car, as well as getting opportunities and benefits from different credit cards,” Gramuglia said.
Bad credit presents barriers for self-sufficiency, as it comes with higher interest rates and less approvals for loans, Peterson said.
The Community Progress Council offers a Housing and Financial Education program where financial counselors work with individuals of all income levels to help meet their financial goals – including improving their credit. For information about this program visit yorkcpc.org/housing-financial-education.