November 8, 2019 • 2 mins
Building credit from scratch might seem tricky – how are you supposed to build your credit if you have no credit cards or loans? And how are you supposed to get a loan or credit card if you have no credit history? Relax. There’s several ways to begin building your credit.
When you apply for a secured card (like the Patelco Pure Secured Mastercard® Credit Card), you’re using a deposit to secure the loan. The amount of your deposit is the amount of your credit limit. For example, a $1,000 deposit tied to a secured credit card means you have can spend up to $1,000 on that card. Once you have the card, you use it just like any other credit card: buy stuff and then make your payments on time. As you make payments, you’ll begin to build credit.
Make sure you understand the ins and outs of credit cards before you open an account.
A credit-builder loan works similar to a secured credit card, except it’s a loan you’ll get in a lump sum. The money on deposit will be held by the bank or credit union until you’ve paid off the loan. At Patelco, we offer loans secured by a savings account.
Sometimes you may be eligible to get a loan with a cosigner that you wouldn’t be eligible to get by yourself. Be sure you and your cosigner understand the risks and responsibilities inherent in this type of loan – as the cosigner is equally responsible for payment.
Not every landlord or rental agency is reporting to the credit bureaus – but some are. So whatever rent or bills you have, pay them on time. If these payments are being reported to the credit bureaus, you’ll be building your credit.
Confused about your credit? Get the facts on what it is, what lenders consider a good credit score, how to check your score, and how to maintain a good credit history.
Learn the basics of credit cards, including their features and benefits. Learn how to use your credit card responsibly.
With so many credit card options, it’s hard to know which one to choose. Get the questions you need to ask to determine what credit card is best for you!