If you have fallen on hard times like so many other people in this economy, then there is a good chance that your credit has suffered as well. Cleaning it up is going to be very important for moving forward and rebuilding your financial life. This article will show you how you can repair your credit and get back on track.
Keep your first account open. Whatever credit account you have had open the longest, is the best one to keep on your report. Don’t close this account because the limit is too low or the rate is too high. Try to get a higher credit limit, or ask for a lower interest rate, but even if they won’t give that to you, keep the card and keep using it. The longer track record you have with an account, the more it will affect your score in a positive way.
If you have challenged or denied negative items on your credit report and some still remain, you may be able to reduce that number even further by contacting the collection agency or creditor. By law, these companies need to provide written proof that the account is yours. This means a hard copy of a signed contract or other legally binding document, not just a printout of the information they have in their computer system. Many of these companies do not hold onto these documents. If they can’t come up with acceptable proof, they are required to remove the account from your credit report and stop all collection attempts.
For a good credit history, you should limit the number of credit inquiries. One inquiry does not damage your score significantly, but if a financing agency notices too many inquiries, the agency might not accept your application. Limit the number of applications you send out and always ask in advance if your credit score is going to be checked.
When starting the process of rebuilding your credit, pull your credit report from all 3 agencies. These three are Experian, Transunion, and Equifax. Don’t make the mistake of only getting one credit report. Each report will contain some information that the others do not. You need all three in order to truly research what is going on with your credit.
Stay away from Payday loans. They have the highest interest rate of any loan you can get. In the event that you can’t pay on time, you will literally be digging yourself into a hole that you can’t get out of, as the penalties and interest rates continually rise.
It is a bad idea to threaten credit companies that you are trying to work out a deal with. You may be angry, but only make threats if you’re able to back them up. Make sure to act in a cooperative manner when you’re dealing with the collection agencies and creditors so you can work out a deal with them.
While there is no magic wand or special process that can ever erase all the negative things on your credit report, there are lots of ways that you can minimize their effects. Start by correcting the incorrect and start putting lots of positives on there. Follow the advice from this article and you will see higher scores and better credit moving forward.