Need to improve your credit score?
If you're planning to buy or refinance a home this fall or winter, now's the time to think about your credit score — especially before you launch into the holiday spending season. The higher your score, the more likely that you'll qualify for a competitive interest rate.
Follow these steps to help get — and keep — your credit score up.
Check your credit report.
Your report helps determine your credit score, so make sure you don't have any errors or issues. Bank of America credit card clients can get a free monthly FICO® Score without dinging their credit report.Footnote1
Pay bills on time.
You may want to set up email or mobile alerts to remind you when a payment is due.
Keep account balances low.
A good rule of thumb: Keep the total of your monthly debt payments (excluding a mortgage if you are a homeowner) below 20% of your monthly income.Footnote2
Understand how to use your credit limit.
Make it a habit to use 30% or less of your available credit line — one of the easiest ways to boost your score.Footnote3
For more information on bumping up your credit score, check out the Better Money Habits® graphic "Tips to rebuild your credit."
2"Understanding and improving your credit score," BetterMoneyHabits.com
3"Understanding your credit limit and how to use it," BetterMoneyHabits.com
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