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Are You The Parent (OR Grandparent) Of A New College Or High School Grad?: A Post From David M. Frees III J.D.

kids with creditWhat Parents and Grandparents Must Know About Helping Your Young Adult To Navigate Good Credit And What Bad Things Can Happen If They Don’t

Are you the proud parent of a newly minted and soon to be “independent” adult? Ready to cut the cords and to stop paying their monthly bills?

Do you have a graduate from high school or college who is living at home or moving on and who’s ready to start his or her new life?kids with credit

Well, now’s the time to get ahead of a very dangerous and counter intuitive situation – The FICO credit score. And, this is one area of financial life where what you don’t know can hurt you and your child who is heading out into the world.

And by the way, when they first go out on their own, credit cards seem like a good way for them to pay the bills…. until they have gigantic and unmanageable debt AND as a result a bad credit score.

You see, nobody ever teaches our kids how to build and keep great credit.

And most kids don’t know that their credit score will radically affect whether or not they can buy a home, to buy or lease a car, rent an apartment, get reasonably priced auto or homeowners’ insurance, get a job and more.

That’s right, a good or bad credit score can mean a yes or no on these and many other buying decisions and bad credit or no credit rating can mean higher prices – much higher prices for car, rental, and home mortgage payments and even prevent your new adult from getting a job.

And I don’t know about you but once they move out of your house it’s hard (on both kids and parents) to have them move back in…especially if that could have been prevented with a little good advice and some “credit secrets”.

So let me tell you two stories to help you to understand why teaching our kids (as soon as possible) about how to get and to keep good credit.

kids with creditI was recently speaking to a 25year old friend (who was about to get married and to buy a house). Let’s call him Ray.

Ray told me that he had always paid cash, even for his car and truck, and never had a credit card. He’d never really done anything wrong but……his credit score was only 680. You see that having absolutely no credit history can be just as harmful as a damaged credit history. He just hadn’t done a few things that really mattered.

Now that may not sound too bad, but he and his fiancée didn’t even qualify for a mortgage. His wife-to-be had a better score and could qualify on her own but they really needed their combined income to get the house that they wanted.

End result.

No house.

Even in the best-case scenario, where they did qualify, their interest rate, and therefore their monthly payment, would have been dramatically higher.

In this case, there was a happy ending.

I knew CR Publishing’s Alex Frees (yes he’s related) and put them in touch with Alex and The Starters’ Guide To Building and Protecting Your Credit.

With a few carefully executed strategies (described in The Starter’s Guide To Building and Protecting Your Credit) he was able to take his score from 680 to over 775. Those kids got their mortgage and their first home as a result of working hard, saving money for a down payment, AND having good credit scores.

So what’s the moral or the story?

Help to educate your recent grads…. before they make credit mistakes…about what to do to build and keep good credit.

Some of the rules are obvious – pay your monthly bills on time – and others are less apparent. For example, did you know that there are good reasons to get a second credit card and some bad reasons that can damage your credit score.

Are you aware that it’s not just how much credit you have available, but how much of the available credit you have used.

Do a few important things right and your score goes up. Miss them, or do them the wrong way or in the wrong order and you can easily damage your score.

Well, if you’re like me – a parent but not an expert on consumer credit scores – then getting your kids access to educational resources like the Credit Repair Intelligence System (a comprehensive guide to building and keeping better credit) and the super inexpensive The Starter’s Guide To Building and Protecting Credit can mean the difference between their life long financial success and independence and that knock on the door where they want to move back in.

Help your new grad to get a better start in life. It’s easy and effective to help them learn…. right from the start…how to build and keep a great FICO credit score.

Enjoy the exciting life of being a parent and grandparent!

Dave Frees, JD

P.S. I promised you a second story so here it is:

I knew another recent grad. He started life with a credit card balance that he couldn’t pay off. That in and of itself isn’t a problem. But, as the balance grew (he was using it to supplement his income) he was also using more and more of his available credit line.

This negatively affected his FICO score and the interest rate on his balance went up…and so did his monthly payment.

The next thing you know he missed or was late with a payment and his score dropped again.

He got another card but did the same thing there (and his interest rate was higher from the start).

It didn’t take long before the rent on his apartment was too much (along with his credit card debt) and he could no longer qualify to buy a new or used car.

Moving back in with his parents was the next step.

All of that could have been avoided with a little advanced help. Help your kids to study up on FICO. To learn more about credit and how it’s computed. And, if it makes sense get them a copy of The Starters Guide For Building and Protecting Your Credit or The Credit Repair Intelligence System.