Longer Credit History Length is better than
Shorter Credit History Length for your credit
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Like in statistics, test results with larger samples
are more reliable than the test results with smaller
samples. A person with 20 years of credit history
gets a much higher score than a person with 6 months
of credit history. Average Credit history length
will be calculated considering all loans. For
example, if you have three credit cards; Visa (20
years), MasterCard (12 years) and American Express
(1 Year), then your average credit history would be
(20+12+1)/3 = 11 Years.
As you can see in above example and from previous
examples, don’t close your “OLD” credit cards,
especially if they are no-fee credit cards.
Use your cards from time-to-time and pay your
balances in full. This builds credit and credit
history length. Some creditors will close your
account if you don’t use them for a while. Don’t let
this happen to you. Don’t close a card with a
substantial length of credit history.
Again, if you are buying a home sometime soon,
don’t be tempted to open a store charge card to
receive discounts. Though, these discounts can be
huge, sometimes up to 25% of your purchase’s on the
first day, this would be a new card that causes your
average history length to go down. For example, if
you already have two credit cards; Visa (20 years),
MasterCard (12 years) and you apply for a new store
charge card (0 years), your credit history length
drops from 16 years to 9.9 years. This has a
negative impact to your credit score.
A long-length credit history, even with some
negative information, could receive higher score
than a short-length credit history with no negative
HOW to overcome the problems with your credit
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