We have all found ourselves in the embarrassing situation of the constant onslaught of calls from debt collectors. Many of us have even submitted, rolled over, and died. You don’t have to give up. It may take time but credit repair is a very possible thing. This article will offer some advice to repair your credit.
Ask a someone close to you if they can make you an authorized user to one of their accounts. Make sure it’s an account with a low balance compared to its limit, a perfect history of payments and it should have been open for at least a few years. As an authorized user, the history of this card will become part of your credit history.
Remember, as your balances rise, your credit score will fall. It’s an inverse property that you have to keep aware at all times. You always want to focus on how much you are utilizing that’s available on your card. Having maxed out credit cards is a giant red flag to possible lenders.
Research the fine points of disputing items on your credit report. It can be done, but the process is not easy. Make sure to track and follow up regularly with all reported disputes. If you stop checking on them, they will stop working on them as well. It’s your credit, so make sure it’s correct!
It may be a good idea to include an old-fashioned bank loan in your credit repair activities. Banks may be willing to give even those with bad credit a loan. Paying back a small loan on time will really help your credit history. Be aware, however, that you won’t get the best terms with poor credit. You may have to suffer a bad interest rate or put up collateral to secure the loan.
When trying to repair your credit, you should avoid using store credit cards. These cards do not improve your credit score, even if you pay them off on time. But you are taking the risk of ruining your credit further, if you cannot afford to pay the bills you accumulate. Besides, most store cards do not offer good interest rates. Pay off your store cards and cancel them.
When disputing items with a credit reporting agency make sure to not use photocopied or form letters. Form letters send up red flags with the agencies and make them think that the request is not legitimate. This type of letter will cause the agency to work a bit more diligently to verify the debt. Do not give them a reason to look harder.
If disputing an account with the credit agency does not produce results, dispute it with the actual creditor. Send them a letter through the mail advising them that you do not believe that the debt is yours and request that they provide you written proof of the debt. If the account is older, chances are they will not have the records. If they cannot prove the debt they must remove it from your credit report.
While it may be tempting to close your credit cards when trying to repair your credit, it is actually best to keep them open. This shows your account as current, and credit companies report this good history to the credit bureau, which, in turn, helps to increase your credit rating.
Reading this article was the first step to repairing your credit. It surely won’t happen overnight, but if you stick to it and apply the advice obtained in this article, it shouldn’t be long before you find yourself with decent credit again. Then when you get to that point you will even know what to do to avoid getting there again.