Building Credit As A Renter Can Help You Buy Your First Home

by Comfort Usukumah Team 11/24/2019

Having a high credit score is one of the most important and helpful things you can achieve before buying a home. A solid credit history will give you a better chance of being approved for the home loan you want and getting a lower interest rate so that you know you’re getting a good deal on your first home.

But, as any renter can tell you, it can sometimes be difficult to lift your credit score when you’ve got so many other things to worry about.

In today’s post, I’m going to cover the best ways to build credit while renting an apartment so you can lift your score to an amount that will help you achieve your goal of homeownership.

1. Take over the bills

If you live with roommates or with your family, one good way to start building your credit score is to simply put more bills in your name.

If you’re certain that you’ll be able to make on-time payments on them each month, this can be a way to boost your score without much thought.

Keep in mind, however, that not all utility companies report your payments to credit bureaus, so it’s a good idea to check that yours does before putting the bills in your name.

2. Become an authorized user

If taking out new credit isn’t an option for you, becoming an authorized user on someone else’s credit account can help you increase your score.

Be sure to find out whether the credit issuer reports payments for authorized users before taking this step. And, once you’re sure that they do, you can be added to the account without changing anything about your spending.

3. Convince your landlord to report your rental payments

In most cases, rental payments aren’t reported to the credit bureaus. However, it is becoming more common. Check to see if your landlord uses a service like PayYourRent or RentTrack. If not, consider asking them to try it out.

4. Solving the “no credit” problem

Since we all start off with a blank slate in terms of credit history, some renters have the issues of not having enough credit information to start building their score.

If this is the case, it might be a good idea to open your first credit account. But, wait! Before you start racking up debt on your first credit card, take a minute to make a wise plan.

First, don’t change your spending habits just because you have credit. Pick a card that offers rewards in the form of cash back, and only use your card for things like gas and groceries that will help you earn points.

Then, set your card to auto-pay in full each month so that you never start accruing interest. This way, you’ll build your credit score and earn money (in the form of rewards or cash back), making it a win-win.

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Comfort Usukumah Team

Comfort is a professionally qualified post-graduate trained and experienced Real Estate Broker who has been in the housing business since the eighties. She was a former Chief Executive of one of United Kingdom's Housing Group based in Central London. Comfort Usukumah holds a BSc. (Hons.) in Political and Administrative Studies. She is a corporate member of the United Kingdom's Chartered Institute of Housing ( MCIH); and a former Principal Officer of a Central London Local Government Authority. Comfort was appointed a member of the Barking, Brentwood and Havering Health Authority Board under the Premiership of Tony Blair. Comfort was also appointed the first Chairman of the London Borough of Havering's Race Equality Partnership. Comfort is a Certified Buyer Representative (CBR), Commercial & Investment Real Estate Certified (CIREC) and a professional Property Manager with a Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip.) in Housing from Middlesex University, Enfield, United Kingdom. Currently, Comfort is the President and CEO of Comfort Homes & Property Management LLC. CHPM is headquartered in the city of New Rochelle, NY, USA. She is a New York State Licensed Real Estate Broker, a member of the New York State Association of Realtors (NYSAR) and National Association of Realtors (NARS). Areas we cover include Westchester County, City of New York, State of Connecticut, Long Island, Rockland, Putnam, Bronx, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. Apart from the superior services and extraordinary results we provide to our property Buyer and Seller clients, we also specialize in relocation services, serving Ambassadors, Diplomats and Senior Corporate Executives from all parts of Africa, Europe and the rest of the world. We manage commercial buildings, rentals, and properties on behalf of Owners. Why don't you call Comfort today and experience the first class services yourself and in comfort?