How Today’s Women Are Faring In The Credit World
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Start building your credit early
Don’t wait for a big event such as buying a house or for a situation when you need funds. Chances are you will get rejected due to absence of a credit history or a low score. If you are earning your own income, start building your credit history by taking a credit card. Good credit behaviour will ensure that you have no credit-related problem in the future.
Understand the rules of credit
Don’t leave it to others to tell you when and which loan to take. Understand your requirements, the details of the bank products and take your decision accordingly. Take into consideration all factors, such as the loan amount, tenure, interest rates, other fees and charges, etc.
Offers and schemes for women
Banks have, from time to time, introduced various schemes, offering concessional interest rates for women, especially for housing loans. If you are planning to take a loan from these banks, make sure you understand the scheme in detail and all the terms and conditions. Compare this to the regular rates and check if you benefit in the long run.
Stay credit healthy
If you already have a credit facility to your name, it is important to ensure that you pay off your dues on time and show good credit behaviour. Don’t keep a whole bunch of credit cards that you don’t require. If you already have one loan and are planning to take another, ask yourself if you really need that loan. In case you are planning to take an unsecured loan (such as a personal loan), take it for the right purpose and always be sure that you can repay the instalments on time. It is important to stay ‘credit healthy’ always.
Plan you finances, watch your cash flow, keep your limits reasonable, track your expenses and pay your dues on time – always.
About the author: Satish Mehta is the Founder and Director of Credexpert, a credit and debt counselling company in India.
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