by John S Kiernan, Senior Writer & Editor | WalletHub.com
In order to build a good credit score, you must first establish credit. Establishing credit means beginning your credit history by obtaining a loan or line of credit. That’s all you need to get your first credit report and score. And it’s the first step toward one day qualifying for a decent mortgage, car loan, etc.
So if you’ve had a loan or credit card — or your name has been associated with one — for at least a month, your credit should already be established. You can see for yourself by checking your latest credit score and report for free on WalletHub.