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Solid Advice For Credit Repair. You Can't Go Wrong When You Follow These Tips

Updated on February 17, 2016

Solid Advice For Credit Repair. You Can't Go Wrong When You Follow These Tips

As an adult, it's natural to want to build a life of your own. Unfortunately, a bad credit score can dash your dreams, making it much more difficult to do things that most adults must do. It's harder to buy or rent a place to live; it's hard to buy a car; it's hard to get a loan. Luckily, you can turn it around. Here are some ways to do that.

If you are struggling to make the payments on your current mortgage, consider looking into the option of loan modification. In many cases a lender may be able to lower the interest rate that you had initially agreed on. This process used to be just for homes that were in danger of foreclosure but many lenders are now extending this service to many others.

You should repair your credit score because it increases your chances of getting a new job. Many employers use your credit score as a way to determine the trustworthiness of a new employee, or as a determining factor when picking between two choices for a promotion. This is especially true if you work in a government contracted company or in the financial industry.

If you are concerned about your credit, be sure to pull a report from all three agencies. The three major credit reporting agencies vary extensively in what they report. An adverse score with even one could negatively effect your ability to finance a car or get a mortgage. Knowing where you stand with all three is the first step toward improving your credit.

Getting your credit score up is easily accomplished by using a credit card to pay all of your bills but automatically deducting the full amount of your card from your checking account at the end of each month. The more you use your card, the more your credit score is affected, and setting up auto-pay with your bank prevents you from missing a bill payment or increasing your debt.

Knowing how individual agencies report to bureaus will greatly improve your repair efforts. Different creditors may report problems based on certain criteria and use different time frames for reporting. Research the standards for credit cards, utilities and mortgage or rental companies to know when and how these issues are reported.

Report older negative items even if you know they are correct. If you report an item, the agency will contact the owner of the debt to confirm that it is an accurate debt. Many agencies either do not have the time to respond or no longer have the records available. It's worth the time to see if you can get these removed.

If disputing an account with the credit agency does not produce results, dispute it with the actual creditor. Send them a letter through the mail advising them that you do not believe that the debt is yours and request that they provide you written proof of the debt. If the account is older, chances are they will not have the records. If they cannot prove the debt they must remove it from your credit report.

Don't let bad credit prevent you from doing the things you want to do. Commit to improving your credit score as much as you can and start right now. By following these tips, you'll repair your credit enough that you aren't stuck anymore and can move on with your life.

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