Month: October 2013
I’ve have been asked from time to time about the legitimacy of credit repair, does it really work, can I do it myself, should I hire someone, things of that nature.
Let’s start by saying that repairing your credit report is becoming increasingly important. As the cost of financing begins to rise, the added cost of having poor credit compounds the amount you must pay, leaving less and less discretionary income. In addition, other services (car insurance, home owners and renters insurance to name a few) are looking at your credit report and charging you accordingly.
Knowing this makes it crucial to fix bad credit as soon as you can. Credit repair does work! It’s that simple. Whether you choose to do it yourself or hire a company it is worth doing.
The steps you must take will be determined by what is on your credit report. If you are dealing with late payments, public records like tax liens or a bankruptcy, you will need to deal with the credit bureaus.
If you are dealing with debt collections you will probably need to address both the credit bureaus and the debt collection companies.
Here is a video which details what to do in dealing with the credit bureaus. These are the first steps you should take.
Of course there are many other issues in rebuilding a credit profile and improving your credit scores. Due to the increasingly complex nature of a credit report, I do recommend hiring a credit specialist even if it is just for a short time. Get their expertise on what a top notch credit report should look like and their advice on how to achieve this. Many companies will give you that information for free before you commit to purchasing their program. PLEASE SHARE
Improve Your Credit Using What The Courts Use
100’s of millions of dollars have been paid out by all three credit bureaus in lost lawsuits based on a technicality in the law! This is the same technicality that can fix your bad credit and improve your credit scores!
The credit bureaus often require the plaintiffs to not disclose the reason they lost the case or the settlement amount because they don’t want the public to know.
Court Ordered Credit Repair
Fixing bad credit revolves around the vagueness in the law which covers HOW the credit bureaus are to accurately verify what they are reporting about you. It was never spelled out. The credit bureaus feel that all they have to do is accept what the creditors are telling them as accurate without seeing any actual documentation and that is enough. Leaving the burden of proof on that credit furnisher. However, the courts have absolutely DEMANDED that the credit bureaus go far beyond just accepting a third parties say so. The courts state that the law evinces the credit bureaus to do a thorough investigation, going far beyond reporting hearsay and that since they collect and profit by this information that they will be held liable when it is inaccurate, misleading or unverified. The courts have gone so far as to state that the credit bureaus are, “habitual repeat offenders of the Fair Credit Reporting Act”!
The Cost of Bad Credit is Too High
This is the very point of law which makes fixing bad credit possible. Because the credit bureaus are sticking their damn fingers in every part of your life, it is beginning to really have a financial impact on consumers. Therefore, it is worth the effort to learn about repairing bad credit and taking the steps to do so.
Raising Your Credit Scores Is No Laughing Matter
Raising your credit scores takes some common sense, some insider information, (the kind you would really have to dig for, like court cases and published studies) and a plan of action.
There are basically two actions you can take to raise credit scores, one you can control, the second you can’t. Both are worth doing.
Let’s raise your credit scores with the actions you can take…
Start with using the credit cards you have. If they have very low balances (less than 30% of your available credit line), keep those balances low and make your payments on time. This adds positive credit history every 30 days as the creditor reports to the credit bureaus. If your balances are above that 30% threshold there are a couple of options. (1) You can stop using them and pay down the balances until you get at or below the 30% threshold. At or below 30% will give you the highest scores for unsecured credit lines. (2) You can get more credit thereby raising your overall credit limit against the amount of debt you are carrying.
If your credit is too poor to get a credit card or you haven’t yet established credit yet, here is a quick list of the best credit cards for building or establishing credit. Credit cards for bad credit.
Another possibility is to become an “authorized user” on someone else’s account (like a sibling or parent). This gives you their great credit rating on your credit report instantly raising your credit scores.
Raising your credit scores by targeting the bad credit…
This can be a bit tricky. No one can guarantee the outcome of using a credit repair company, yet the results that they are getting is pretty amazing. Removing bad credit from your credit report will definitely improve your credit scores.
You can easily do this yourself with a little research and a lot of patience or hire a reputable credit repair company.