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New credit is broken up into two main parts, newly established credit and Inquiries. Newly established credit looks at how many new accounts you have opened up within the last 2 months. According to FICO, “research shows that opening several credit accounts in a short period of time represents greater risk – especially for people who do not have a long credit history.” What does this mean for you? Slowly establish your credit.
The second part of new credit is inquiries. An Inquiry is a record of someone requesting your credit information. There are two types of inquiries, hard inquiries occur when someone checks your credit information for the purpose of obtaining a loan. And a soft inquiry is when someone checks your credit information for any other reason. Soft inquiries do not affect your credit score while too many hard inquiries in a short amount of time can negatively impact your credit score. Too many hard inquiries make a person look desperate for credit. Try to limit yourself to one hard inquiry every six months. Speak to a Credit Firm consultant about maximizing your FICO score today.