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Do You Understand Your Credit Report?

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Market Issues by Jeff Mandel and Marlin Brandt

finances-webRISMEDIA, March 21, 2009-Over 70% of consumers identify errors on their credit report. Twenty-five percent of those are serious enough to deny consumers and business owners access to credit, preferred interest rates or even a job. With over 54 billion credit updates occurring each year, it’s very likely you-or your clients-may have errors that are negatively impacting the ability to get credit and/or causing you to pay unnecessary interest expenses.

Identifying a credit report error is only the first step. Most consumers don’t know they have an error on their report because they rarely, if ever, review it until they need to get a loan. By the time this occurs, a consumer typically has less than 45 days before they need their loan funded, and their ability to get a single, valid error corrected within this timeframe is marginal at best.

The need to proactively understand, evaluate and optimize your credit profile has never been greater. So what should a consumer do? Become educated and informed about how credit works. Your clients should continually review and evaluate their credit profile. When a questionable activity is identified, he/she should make sure they understand it and correct any valid errors. In most cases, consumers begin by filing a dispute with the applicable credit agency who is reporting the information. RE

Jeff Mandel is president and CEO of iQual and Marlin Brandt is COO of ApprovalGUARD. For more information, please visit www.iqual.com or ApprovalGUARD.com.

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