Category: Credit

How to Repair Credit the Right Way

Whether you’ve had a major financial breakdown and would like to begin the process of starting over, or you let one too many late payments slip through and have damaged your credit standing, to repair credit is not only possible, it’s necessary. Without good credit, you may be turned down for loans or have trouble with ever-increasing credit card rates. So what can you do?

 

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9 fast fixes for your credit scores

So you’ve had a few problems getting the bills paid lately, and you’re wondering what you can do to repair the damage to your credit.

You’ve got plenty of company. Tens of millions of people in the United States have credit blemishes severe enough (and FICO credit scores under 620) to make obtaining loans and credit cards with reasonable terms difficult. Here’s 9 fast fixes to fix your credit score

 

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How to repair credit and improve credit score

It’s important to note when planning to repair credit is a bit like losing weight: It takes time and there is no quick way to fix a credit score. In fact, out of all of the ways to improve a credit score, quick-fix efforts are the most likely to backfire, so beware of any advice that claims to improve your credit score fast. The best advice for rebuilding credit is to manage it responsibly over time. If you haven’t done that, then you need to repair your credit history before you see credit score improvement. The tips below will help you do that. They are divided up into categories based on the data used to calculate your credit score.

 

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Do Credit Repair Services Really Work?

 

You’ve seen the ads claiming to be able to fix your bad credit, but do credit repair products really work? Honestly, many of the companies are a scam. But the credit repair services that have been around for a couple decades know the rules surrounding credit repair and know how to navigate those rules to either raise your credit score or give you your money back. That of course doesn’t mean that it works for everyone. There is no magical formula to raise your credit score in a hurry, but there are a few instances where credit repair can help you give your score a deserved bump.

 

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The 3 Biggest Credit Repair Scams Today and How to Avoid Them

 

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When people are watching out for scams, they rarely are worried about places looking to help them repair their credit. Still, financial scam expert Steven Weisman thinks that they ought to be.

Weisman, of Scamicide, points out that a credit report dictates more than just whether or not you can get a loan. “In many states, employers can look at these with regard to whether or not they want to hire you,” he explains, adding that they can also affect your ability to rent or even get insurance. “People get into trouble and want to see what they can do to fix it,” he says, adding that “some of what credit repair services will promise you is downright criminally fraudulent.”

 

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Can Credit Repair Companies Really Improve My Credit Report?

 

The answer is maybe — but they can’t do anything that you couldn’t do yourself, for free.

 

Anything on your report that’s bringing down your credit score is going to stay on, if it’s accurate information.

 

So if a credit repair company promises to remove negative information such as a bankruptcy or judgment, and they want money up front to do it — run. Credit experts say that only time, effort and a solid plan for repaying your debts will improve your credit-worthiness.

 

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Better Business Bureau: Advice on credit repair

 

As part of National Consumer Protection Week, which takes place March 2-8, the Minnesota Department of Commerce and Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota are partnering to offer consumers advice on companies offering credit repair services.

 

In Minnesota, the Department of Commerce regulates two types of firms offering credit repair services: credit service organizations and debt management companies.

 

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5 Characteristics of People with an Excellent Credit Score

 

 

 

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Are you one of those people with stellar credit? If so, that’s wonderful! If you’re like a lot of people, though, your credit is a work in progress and you’re always trying to keep your finances solid. So, what is different about those people who have excellent credit?

 

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Understanding Mortgage Credit Scores

Your credit report is separate from your credit score, though the score is developed from the report. In addition to viewing credit reports from the three major reporting bureaus, you also should obtain your FICO score. Your score is like a report card. Fair Isaac & Co. (the FICO score keeper) assigns you a number based on the information in your credit report. Since there are three credit-reporting bureaus, you have three FICO scores. Here are the scoring factors:

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  • Payment history
  • Amounts owed
  • Length of credit history
  • New credit
  • Types of credit used

 

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How Credit Scores Affect the Price of Credit and Insurance

Ever wonder how a lender decides whether to grant you credit? For years, creditors have been using credit scoring systems to determine if you’d be a good risk for credit cards, auto loans, and mortgages. These days, other types of businesses — including auto and homeowners insurance companies and phone companies — are using credit scores to decide whether to issue you a policy or provide you with a service and on what terms. A higher credit score is taken to mean you are less of a risk, which, in turn, means you are more likely to get credit or insurance — or pay less for it.

 

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