One of the most common questions we get asked is what exactly is a credit report. Here is the answer:
A credit report is a history of your past financial activities, including any borrowing and repaying of loans, any late payments made and any instances of bankruptcy.
When you fill out a credit card application at a department store, bank or fill out one online, all of your information is sent to a credit bureau (Experian, Equifax and Transunion). The credit bureau records this in their records and hence your credit activity starts to accumulate and a credit report is formed. Please make sure your information is as accurate as possible when submitting credit card applications.
Once the credit bureaus create a credit report for you, this information is often used by lenders to determine whether they should give you a loan or not. Lenders want to see that your credit report shows that you pay off your expenses in a timely manner and have no outstanding debt / bankruptcy issues.
I hope this post shed some light onto the meaning of "Credit Reports"