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What Do You Need to Know About Tradelines on Credit Reports in 2020

Does your low credit score frustrate you because of the impact it has on your ability to get approved for loans?

Nearly 30% of all adults in the U.S. have credit that is considered bad or poor so this is a common problem.

But what do you do about it?

Doing nothing won’t help and that’s a guarantee, so where do you turn?

Let me recommend turning to tradelines. Tradelines on credit reports could be one key solution to help you improve your credit score and I’ll explain everything you need to know about how this works.

What Are Tradelines on Credit Reports?

A tradeline is a listing of an account that appears on your credit report. You might have only one of these on your report or you might have dozens or more.

Each one represents a certain account that is in your name. It could be a credit card account, a loan account, or some other type of account.

How do Tradelines Affect Your Credit?

Your credit score is calculated with a formula, and there are a number of factors that affect it.

The mix of accounts you have makes up 10% of your score so it’s a good idea to have multiple tradelines on your report to boost this part of your score.

The most important thing to know is that the mixture of accounts helps improve scores but the details of each tradeline can either positively or negatively affect your credit report.

An account, for example, with a zero balance and a history of all on-time payments would cause an increase in your score.

An account with a large balance, in proportion to the available credit, and with recorded late payments would cause your score to drop.

Your payment history alone makes up 35% of your credit score while your 30% of your score is based on the amount you owe.

How Can You Get Tradelines?

Using tradelines in the right way can help you boost your score a lot, and there are several ways to get tradelines on your report.

One of the most highly recommended methods is finding a way to get your name added as an authorized user on someone’s account. The goal is to make sure that person has a great credit history.

When you get added as an authorized user to that person’s account, you get a new tradeline on your credit report that is based solely on that person’s credit history and details related to the specific account you are now on.

You can do this by finding people you know who are willing to add your name or by paying to get your name added to a person’s account.

So, do tradelines work? Yes, they offer a great way to boost your score.

Starting Now Will Help You Reach Your Goal Faster

Your credit matters for so many reasons and there’s no reason to live with bad credit when you might be able to change your score by taking just a few simple steps.

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