Credit scores - can't live without 'em

Your credit score will make or break you many times in your life - whether you're applying for a job, purchasing insurance, renting an apartment, or buying anything you can't pay for in cash. Understanding your credit scores and protecting your credit rating are two of the more important life skills - and unfortunately, almost never taught in schools.

Many visitors to LendingTree's website are interested in the credit score needed for a home loan. Of course, the higher your credit score, the better your chances of getting a home loan, but there are low credit score home loans available, in some cases.

Whatever type of loan you're applying for, it's never too late to learn, and it's never too late to improve your financial reputation. These pages can help you clean up your credit report, resolve incorrect trade-lines and maximize your credit score. Get the answers to questions like:

Cleaning up bad credit does take some time , but if you pay your bills on time and lower your outstanding balances, you'll begin seeing improved scores almost immediately.

‚ÄčWondering what your credit score is? LendingTree will give you your credit score free, and that's a great place to start when you're trying to understand your loan options.