Blemishes on your credit can feel like personal failures. Perhaps you have made bad purchasing mistakes, or had an emergency in your life which put you in debt. Poor credit scores will haunt you with past mistakes and events. It can be hard to make positive changes when you dwell on the past. Don’t despair, there are ways you can repair your credit.
The key to successful repair of your credit is to know your rights about how your accounts are reported. If you feel that errors have been made in the way an agency has reported to your credit history then it is in your best interest to know your rights and contact these creditors with that information in your toolbox.
A consumer statement on your credit file can have a positive impact on future creditors. When a dispute is not satisfactorily resolved, you have the ability to submit a statement to your history clarifying how this dispute was handled. These statements are 100 words or less and can improve your chances of obtaining credit when needed.
Keep track of who you authorize to put an inquiry of your credit report. Inquires do have a negative effect on your report. Review your credit report and dispute any inquiries that you have not authorized. Keeping track of small items like this, can have a large cumulative effect on your credit report.
When working to repair your credit it is important to make sure everything is reported accurately. Remember that you are entitled to one free credit report per year from all three reporting agencies or for a small fee have it provided more than once a year.
If you want to improve your credit score after you have cleared out your debt, consider using a credit card for your everyday purchases. Be sure that you pay off the whole balance each and every month. Using your credit regularly in this manner, brands you as a consumer who uses their credit wisely.
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.
While patience is an important part of the credit repair process, you should always follow up on letters you send, no matter who the recipient is. It might be hard to believe but some credit bureaus and debt collectors use the ostrich’s strategy (i.e. burying their heads in the sand) to deal with debtor’s letters. Send more letters after unanswered ones until you get a reply.
If you are trying to repair your credit score after an inaccurate item has been placed on your credit report, never dispute the item online. If you end up needing to take the dispute to court, the online dispute you submit will be invalid. If you try to dispute through the website and it is not resolved, use written letters instead.
The first step in repairing your credit is to consult with a professional. This can be a lawyer, accountant, or anyone who is experienced with financial matters. Getting the help of one of these individuals can help you understand credit laws so that you can make a plan of action.
If you spot an error on your credit report, you should contact each credit bureau to correct the error. Contacting one bureau does not guarantee that the correction will be made at the other bureaus. To make sure that each bureau knows about the error, write a letter to each one describing the problem.
Negotiate with a creditor to have a negative item removed from your report, in exchange for an agreed upon pay off amount. Make sure to get this in writing before making the payment. Doing this could significantly, and quickly, improve your credit score. You may also get them to agree to accept less than you initially owed on the debt.
When your credit is in disrepair, it is quite easy to throw your hands up and think that things will never improve. If you use these tips, you can change your attitude about your finances and improve your credit score.