Is Your Credit Rating A Mess? You Can Fix It
Everyone at some point in their lives has to get credit. Credit is needed to make high level purchases for expensive consumer goods. Purchases affect a persons credit score. When people make purchases but are not able to pay them, their credit score lowers. If you want to repair your credit, then follow these tips.
Limit phone calls from debt collectors. Limit the time you spend talking to debt collectors on the phone, and be careful of what information you share with them, as they may not be legitimate. Don’t be strong-armed into sending anyone money until you have something in writing. Once you receive a collection notice in the mail, you can then demand documentation that they have the legal right to collect money from you. This information must be mailed to you within 30 days of the original debt collection notice. If they can’t provide this documentation, they have to cease debt collection efforts immediately.
Credit repair companies may offer to file dispute letters with credit bureau’s on your behalf. They may have expertise in this and it may help–if they are ethical companies. But, on the other hand, you can write these letters yourself with help from online tips–and save the fee you would have paid the credit company.
Communication is key in repairing a damaged credit score. Talk to the companies that are putting negative reports on your credit. If they don’t know that you’re making an effort to pay, they won’t stop reporting you. You may be able to arrange payment plans, partial pay-offs, or payment deferments that will get the negative reporting to stop.
Check the terms and interest rates if you have decided to try for a secured credit card. The rates that banks charge to secured card customers can vary wildly. Some charge exorbitant amounts because you are a risk while others will charge reasonable amounts since you have given them the collateral. Shop around and make sure you are getting the best deal.
An important tip to consider when working to repair your credit, is the fact that you cannot legally have a second credit file created for you. This is important to know because there are sammers who offer to do this, and it is completely illegal. You can only have one social security number and one tax ID.
Avoid any credit repair consultant or service that offers to sell you your own credit report. Your credit report is available to you for free, by law. Any company or individual that denies or ignores this fact is out to make money off you and is not likely to do it in an ethical manner. Stay away!
As stated before, everyone gets credit at some point. People need credit to make purchases for expensive consumer goods such as homes and cars. With each purchase, the credit score is affected, and a lack of ability to pay for a purchase lowers a credit score. If you remember the tips from this article, you can repair your own credit score.