Credit report matters to many people. They know where to get a copy of that report. However, people do not know how to understand it or correct any erroneous information. Below are the common items which appear on a credit report and how you can emend the inaccurate details.

Personal Data

Double-check the essential information about yourself such as name, address, contact details, and Social Security number. If the details are incorrect, get in touch with the credit reporting agency and have it corrected. Remember financial institutions may think twice to approve loans no matter how little or huge the discrepancies are.

Account Histories/Collections

Trust credit agencies and bureaus to check if the person has any accounts which are still in collection and its status. This chunk of data is vital as it can make or break an individual’s overall credit score and his probability to secure a mortgage or other types of financing. If you notice some issues on your account histories or collections, give the credit agency a heads up. They offer lots of services to resolve such disparities or ways to improve your credit rating.

Open Account Details

This section outlines all of the person’s open credit card accounts, including balances, credit limits, and whether he settles his bills on time. Be particular with this part and ensure accuracy as lenders use this information to measure whether they will give you a loan. Misshaps in this part are one of the main reasons why many mortgage applications are junked.

Mortgage Information

Speaking of mortgage, a credit report highlights all the outstanding mortgages or financing of an individual. This portion includes the loan’s account number, time and manner of payment, and date of mortgage origination. In case of an error, inform the agency. Lenders do not approve people who hold too much debt obligations even if the details are inexact.


Check this information as well even if you have never declared bankruptcy. A credit report indicates if a person has filed a bankruptcy and whether it is an individual or joint filing. It also entails the amount of assets and liabilities incurred by an individual. If not fixed, this might spell trouble to consumers seeking to obtain mortgages.


Keep your eyes open on this segment stating a judgment against a person (if any), plus the plaintiff and the defendant, case number, status, and resolution (if resolved). Same thing with lien on a property. Wrongful information on judgements or liens frequency cause problems for people especially if the report fails to update this part.