Fixing Bad Credit Is Possible: Find Out How
- March 26, 2020
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There are plenty of TV spots and magazine ads that all promise to help you get out of debt, but these services cost a lot of money with no actual guarantee that they even work. So instead of wasting your time and money on a hope and a prayer, use the information in this article when you need to repair your credit score.
If you are struggling to make the payments on your current mortgage, consider looking into the option of loan modification. In many cases a lender may be able to lower the interest rate that you had initially agreed on. This process used to be just for homes that were in danger of foreclosure but many lenders are now extending this service to many others.
Repairing your credit score can mean getting a higher credit later. You may not think this is important until you need to finance a large purchase such as a car, and don’t have the credit to back it up. Repair your credit score so you have the wiggle room for those unexpected purchases.
Pay attention to the dates of last activity on your report. Disreputable collection agencies will try to restart the last activity date from when they purchased your debt. This is not a legal practice, however if you don’t notice it, they can get away with it. Report items like this to the credit reporting agency and have it corrected.
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.
There exist several non-profit agencies that can help you repair your credit. Instead of reducing the amount you owe (which gets reported negatively) you can work with these organizations who will liaise with the debt collectors to reduce the interest rate, which in effect reduces the amount owed.
Be wary of all companies related to your finances as there are a ton of agencies out there with a million and one scams dealing with your money. Credit protection plans, offering to rebuild your credit or suspend your debt, are all generally scams. Research anything dealing with your money before signing up.
A must have skill for any person learning to repair their credit, is to pay more than the minimum balance. Not only does this improve your credit image and save you in finance charges, but it is a discipline that will carry over into other areas of your finances, such as unnecessary spending and a greater ability to budget. Paying more than the minimum is a valued and valuable discipline, we can all benefit from having.
Repairing your credit is like learning to walk; you need to take things one step at a time. The most important step, of course, is that first step. So now that you’ve been armed with the information, you need to put one foot in front of the other and work toward lowering your credit score.