Check your credit score

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Many people avoid checking their credit report because they have been lead to believe it will have an impact on their overall score. In fact, you can check your own credit report as often as you like without it having an impact on your score. Although every check of your report will create a footprint on your file, only searches made by financial lenders will leave a mark on your file that other lenders will see.

Ways to improve your credit score

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A poor credit history can complicate things when trying to get a mortgage. Many mortgage providers won’t lend to someone who has suffered from bad credit regardless of their situation now. If you’ve been unsuccessful in getting a mortgage then you should work to improve your credit score.