Jul 19, 2010 9:04 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
New reports out show that about 43-million of Americans have a credit rating so poor that getting a loan is much more difficult, and when they do much more expensive.
"It can affect your borrowing costs, the amount you'll pay to finance cars or homes or, certainly credit card rates," notes Morningstar Financial's Christine Benz.
A bad credit score can even affect your ability to get a job.
"Some employers actually check up on credit ratings when they're hiring," Benz says. "So, it can actually affect your future employment history as well."
Personal finance advisors are busy these days doling out advice on how to raise your credit rating and shed the reputation of being a credit risk.
Credit cards are usually where they begin, because that's usually where poor credit is born.
"If you have a credit card with a $10,000 credit limit and you have $5,000 in debt on there, that's not going to look good," says personal finance consultant Bob Sullivan.
Advisors say getting credit card debt below 20-percent of maximum limit should be a priority.
"Do that to all your credit cards, march through them one at a time and that's the best way for you to quickly raise your credit score," advises Sullivan.