Credit Repair Tips And Strategies That Work
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.
An important tip to consider when working to repair your credit is to consult with friends and family who have gone through the same thing. Different people learn in different ways, but normally if you get advice from somebody you can trust and relate to, it will be fruitful.
To rebuild bad credit quickly after a bankruptcy, pay all your bills on time every time and consider acquiring a secured credit card. Secured credit cards are awarded on the basis of collateral over credit rating. The higher risk lending policies of these cards also translates to higher interest rates, though, so only use your card for emergencies, keep the balance low, and always pay on time and over the minimum.
Review your credit report for debts and discrepancies. Start the process of repairing your credit by checking your credit report to see what negative items you have on there, and comparing this with your own records. Mark any information that is inaccurate and dispute it by contacting the credit reporting agency. They will help you fix any information that is incorrect. In fact, they are obliged by law to do so.
To repair your credit as quickly as possible, always follow-up after paying off a debt. That means not only contacting the lender to ensure that they update your credit status but also checking your credit reports to make sure that the new status of that account is shown. Credit reports are updated quarterly, so getting a paid account off your report should only take a maximum of three months.
To keep track of your credit history, take advantage of the annual free credit report offered by the three major credit bureaus. Each of these companies is required by law to provide everyone with one free credit report a year. Rotate between these companies so that you can get three free reports each year.
If you’re looking to repair your credit, get rid of all your credit cards except one. Transferring the balance to a single card will mean you’ll only need to keep track of a single bill and interest rate. Focus on paying the minimum on this card every month and then add a little extra to help bring the principle down.
If you have extremely bad credit, consider going to a credit counselor. Even if you are on a tight budget, this might be a very good investment. A credit counselor will explain to you how to improve your credit score or how to pay off your debt in the most efficient way possible.
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.