Credit Profile

For any individual who has been credit active

For any individual who has been credit-active – that is, has borrowed money (for a credit card, mortgage, car, etc.) – a credit file is maintained over the past seven years. 

Whenever you apply for loan, your credit file gets updated. This credit history affects whether a credit provider will approve your loan.

What does a credit file contain?

Your file contains information about you and your previous seven years of credit activity, including:

  • Personal information such as name, residential address, date of birth, number of driver’s license, and current or previous employer 
  • Credit requests and inquiries that you have made over the past five years
  • Records of some existing loan accounts 
  • Overdue accounts that were reported against your name, including an indication of whether or not the default amount was paid. 
  • Information on bankruptcy 
  • Default judgments 
  • Information on public records 

How can anyone get a copy of my credit file?

Before applying for a loan, it is a good idea to get a copy of your credit file if you apply for a home or business loan. Getting a copy of your credit information file will help you understand your adverse credit, evaluate and manage it. That’s why you should choose us, BuildME. 

Tips for retaining credit-worthiness

  • Paying bills on time. An overdue account is typically a debt owed for a minimum of 60 days. Unpaid accounts will remain for seven years on the database.
  • Call your credit provider(s) promptly and alert them if an issue meets your commitments.
  • To ensure zero mistakes in the information, review your credit file and find any overdue accounts that have been forgotten about.
  • To ensure someone does not fraudulently use your identity, monitor your credit file.
  • Limit credit applications only to critical situations. Every new application is recorded on your credit file. Too many applications can be a problem for some lenders, even for loan pre-approval.
  • Remember that for seven years from the date of listing, the details of all overdue accounts, even when paid, remain on your file.

When I have past credit problems or bad credit history, what do I do?

You may still be able to secure a competitive home loan, even if you have a bad credit mortgage. Starting with the following information, make sure you are aware of all your options:

  • Inform our mortgage advisor and lender of any issues in your credit history at the beginning. Our mortgage specialistwill show you loan products which will be suitable for your situation.
  • Explain each issue, why it occurred and how you have corrected it.
  • Negative responses to credit requests do not necessarily mean that your credit file is defective. Credit suppliers each have their criteria for lending, so seek an explanation.
  • Through a non-conforming lender, investigate securing your loan. They consider applications from individuals with problems with past credit. However, you will need to prove that you are now in a position to support the loan.