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No Fuss Credit Card Application

By Charles Hopkins Published 04/21/2006 | Finance
Today's consumers want the least possible hassle, processing time and related fees when they make credit card applications.

One question that immediately comes to mind is acceptance. Credit card applicants generally should not worry if they comply with all the requirements set by their card issuer. Some of the things that are checked include income ranges, age and current addresses. For potential owners who have moved, they must make sure that they indicate correct information on their previous place of residence, including when and how long they stayed at their former address.

Individuals who want no fuss credit card applications should expect to have their credit ratings given a thorough review. This review will be conducted by issuers to establish if the applicant poses any risk. Such a check will include the individual's ability to remain consistent with monthly rental payments or repayments and mortgage or loan profiles. An applicant with a history of financial troubles will have problems getting their applications processed, as this issue will have an impact on their credit rating.

Credit card providers will also check details such as delayed payments on recent or previous cards, utility bills or loans, and the number of rejected applications, if any. Companies can also probe deeper to the extent that they check the voter electoral register to verify an applicant's address and even the county court to find any judgments against or records on file.

Credit card applicants should realize that low interest providers are more likely to impose a higher number of restrictions and possibly accept only individuals with perfect credit histories. In such cases, the more likely option is for an applicant to consider cards with higher interest rates.

Since borrowing money entails charges, a credit card applicant should make an exhaustive review of all terms and conditions related to their application, preferably across different credit or charge cards. Among the key terms potential card owners must consider are the annual percentage rate, the free or grace period, transaction and annual fees, and adjusted and previous balances.

Some credit card companies will mail a credit card application to the applicants home. This is usually an attempt by the issuer to verify that the applicant has provided correct information.

Credit card applications are now more convenient than ever...they can be applied for by telephone and internet-based processing.

As a final note, credit card applicants should always exercise extreme caution when providing their social security number and other personal information during the application process.
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