What Bad Credit Can Do to Your Life
Usually, in the loaning system, lenders depend on credit scores, which is a numerical representation on the credit-worthiness of an individual, which is based on a level analysis of a person’s credit files. A credit score is basically a yardstick measure for borrowers to get a loan, such that financing companies produce a credit score, ranging from 300 to 850 with 850 as the highest score, for a borrower with a Social Security number using data from the person’s previous credit history and lenders use a credit score to evaluate the probability that a person repays his debts. The borrower’s personal finances and his capacity to borrow are affected by credit scores and if you’re not performing well with your credit score, which means you’ve got bad credit, the following effects are bound to impact you.
Difficulty borrowing money
When your credit score is low, the less likely will you find a willing lender or it will directly affect your likelihood of securing approval for a new loan or a credit application. Many lenders don’t make loans where the credit score falls below the accepted level, for example, your score is 698 and the qualified score is 700, it just shows that even if your score is almost close to the cut off score level, you will have difficulty borrowing for a new loan.
Confronted with higher rates when you borrow
Money lenders and financing companies are relying a lot on a borrower’s credit scores such that when a borrower’s credit score is a few points way below the qualified score, his chances of borrowing may be slim but if he gets his loan approved, he will be confronted with a higher rate and with additional restrictive terms from the lenders or financing institutions. An interest rate difference can add tens of thousands of dollars to the total cost of a mortgage, depending on how the loan is structured, but the same principle applies to auto loans, home improvement loans, personal loans, and credit cards.
Effects on your housing situation
When your credit score is low and you’re applying for an apartment lease, the landlord may be lenient to your credit score but he will likely require for a pre-lease credit check, as well as offering an apartment unit that is substandard and in an undesirable areas; however if your credit score is high, you’re likely to be offered with a well-kept, modern apartment in a desirable neighborhood.
There is a high probability of employers to check on the credit status of prospective employees during the hiring process, which shows that the credit score level of an applicant can be a contributory factor to his future employment, most especially with positions that need a security clearance. Even if the practice of hiring an applicant requires a credit status check is banned or restricted in a handful of states in the US, still it doesn’t stop employers from doing the checking rounds because ideally an employee can work efficiently if there are no distressing factors, which he/she is carrying, one of which is a bad credit.
Tension on personal relationships
Your credit score together with your overall credit profile can break or not your family life, as well as your personal relationship, since both you and your spouse’s credit profiles can affect your ability to qualify for an auto or home loan that you’re applying together, as lenders look at both profiles and assess your household’s overall credit risk. The strain from high interest rate, large down payment which are results of low credit qualification is also affecting your family relationships, since financial issues are stressful to the well-being of a person.