Yes, Credit Repair Works!
Itís true, credit repair really works! It may not be an overnight fix, but if you are willing to make the effort you will succeed. Hereís how!
Credit repair works! It can clean up the errors on your credit report, improve your credit scores, and help you reach your financial goals. This does not mean that credit repair is a quick overnight fix. The task may indeed yield some speedy results, but other aspects of the job may require time. An intelligent approach to credit repair will require an application of the laws that govern each contributor to the reporting process, a technical grasp of Fair Isaacís scoring platform, and some good old fashioned financial common sense. Here are some of the indispensable steps that must be taken to reach your goal.
Understand the Problem
Credit repair serves an important purpose. Many people are not aware of the extent of the errors that are inherent in the credit reporting system. Over three-quarters of all credit reports contain errors of some type. Some of the errors are fairly benign, but many are capable of causing the victim to pay higher interest rates or even to be denied for financing. If you examine the problem you will discover that these errors are systemic, expected, and even tolerated. If you donít look out for yourself no one else will.
Examine Your Credit Reports
Get copies of all three of your credit reports, or a good tri-merged report, and plan to sit down to an hour of careful proofreading. The quality of your credit has never been so important. It is fair to say that every point counts, so you will need to examine every single line of your report if you want credit repair success. Obvious derogatory items will be easy to spot, but you should also look for the more subtle problems like underreported credit card limits, duplicate accounts Ė even good ones, and closed and paid accounts that still report a balance.
Dispute Your Errors
Once you have completed the proofreading stage of your credit repair project itís time to do something about the errors you have found. Your errors should be disputed in writing and in the most clear and simple way that you can. Dispute letters should always be right to the point. It will be very helpful to create three file folders, one for each credit bureau and plan on saving copies of each letter that you send. The credit bureaus have 30 days to investigate your dispute and another 5 days to send you a response. If you donít get a satisfactory result the first time, send another letter. Credit repair can require perseverance.
Plan Your Loan Applications
Your credit repair effort is designed to serve a purpose. When the time comes to apply for a loan you want to be approved for the best possible financing. You should complete the examination and repair of your credit report in advance of your loan application. But there are some other credit repair techniques that you can employ as well. Fair Isaacís credit scoring model (commonly referred to as the FICO score Ė and the standard used by virtually all lenders) puts heavy weight on the ratio of your credit card balances and their respective limits. If you have the ability to pay down your balances, do so; it can mean as much as a one hundred point difference on your scores.
Professional Credit Repair Help
You are not alone. If you find yourself struggling to make sense of your credit reports donít give up, reach out. Find yourself a reputable credit repair company and ask for a consultation. Most professional services are very affordable and offer some form of monthly membership and easy cancellation. They will insure that every possible opportunity is explored and that you get the result that you deserve. Your credit is important, make the most of it. Credit repair works!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ed White is a credit repair expert and financial consultant. In addition to his own private practice he consults for one of the nationís leading credit repair services. Ed is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has a degree in economics.