It’s no surprise that there are so many people facing the hardships of bad credit today given the current state of the economy, yet don’t become discouraged because of this. Luckily, these tricks and tips can show you how to have a better credit score.
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.
Using an online service to help repair your credit isn’t a bad approach. However, make sure that you know what they charge ahead of time and that there aren’t any hidden fees. Companies who charge per month or pay as you go are the best options for you so you are fully clear as to what you will be paying.
If you have credit cards, make sure you’re paying off the entire balance at the end of the month. This will help keep you from getting into a spiral of debt. If you let your credit card bills start piling up, it becomes nearly impossible to pay them all off.
When trying to repair your credit, keep in mind that you will be committing a federal crime if you supply false data on a credit or loan application. It is also illegal to use false pretenses to get an Employer Identification Number issued by the Internal Revenue Service. You will be acting criminally if you misrepresent your Social Security number. If you apply for credit through the internet, mail, or telephone and supply false information, you can be charged and prosecuted for committing wire or mail fraud.
Since passage of legislation known as the Credit Repair Organizations Act, companies must supply you with a required form known as the “Consumer Credit File Rights Under State and Federal Law,” before you are required to sign a contract to hire them to aid you in regards to repairing your credit. In addition, they must provide you with a written contract which specifies all of your obligations and rights. Make sure you read through all documents before signing a contract. A credit repair organization cannot charge you a fee until they have fulfilled all of their promised services. Also be aware that they must wait three days after you have signed a contract before they can perform any services. During this three-day waiting period, you may void the contract at any time, without payment of any fees.
If you are trying to repair your credit, don’t allow a disputed bill to go to collections. Just because something shouldn’t have been charged to you doesn’t mean it can’t go to collections and harm your credit score. Instead of refusing to pay the bill, pay it but include a notice that you are paying under protest and intend to take the matter to the small claims court.
Now that we have gone over the different ways you can go about repairing credit, why not get started now? Use this information to help increase your credit rating.