Society often judges you more by your credit score than your personality, actions or resume. From mortgages to employment applications, the need for a good rating is higher than ever. If yours is lower than you want and you’re looking to repair it, read this article for some ideas you can use.
Don’t apply for credit cards or other accounts over and over again until you get approved for one. Each time your credit report is pulled, it temporarily lowers your score just a bit. This lowering will go away in a short period of time, like a month or so, but multiple pulls of your report in a short period of time is a red flag to creditors and to your score.
A bad credit report could influence an employer’s decision when you apply for a job. Get the best job that you can, in order to secure a steady monthly income, that you can use to pay off your debt. Once you start making more money, you should be able to build up a better credit history.
If you wish to contest a credit bureau’s decision, you should organize yourself. Submit your claim within the deadlines and make sure to follow up in case they do not react quickly. Hire a lawyer to help you through this process if you can afford it. You should actively contact the credit bureau regularly about your dispute.
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.
If a collection agent will not remove a debt that they cannot verify as yours, contact the attorney general’s office where the creditor is located. Advise them that the creditor has no written proof of your debt and will not remove the item from your credit. The attorney general’s office will contact the creditor for you to have it removed.
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.
An important tip to consider when working to repair your credit is to not fall victim to credit repair or debt consolidation scams. There are many companies out there who will feed on your desperation and leave you in worse shape that you already were. Before even considering a company for assistance, ensure that they are Better Business Bureau registered and that they have good marks.
As mentioned earlier in this article, a good credit rating can mean the difference between owning a house or renting an apartment. It can even decide some job opportunities. Clean up your credit reports and ratings with the advice from this article, and you’ll start feeling better about your financial future within minutes.