Many of the millions of people with bad credit today, were actually very responsible and always repaid their money on time. It’s the creditors who decided to exercise their annual percentage hikes to the maximum number allowed by law. This greed caused many to fall into debt, and now millions are trying to repair their credit ratings and need accurate, useful information to do so. Read this article to find some of that useful information and get started on repairing your credit, now.
- Keep a Paper Trail – When disputing a debt, always leave a paper trail. Send your dispute in writing by certified mail. That way you know when it’s received and, if there’s a problem, you have proof that it was sent. Also keep a copy of any dispute letters you mail for your own records.
- Get it in Writing – Take a look at your credit report, and see if there are any old delinquent bills on there with small balances. These accounts on your credit report are causing your score to be lower than it could be. Contact these companies and resolve the matter, and depending on the situation your credit score may see a significant increase. Simply paying off an old debt will not increase your score. You must get the creditor to agree to remove the negative reporting status. When working on credit repair be sure to get any agreements made between you and creditors in writing. Nothing is a guarantee unless you have it in writing. An employee of your creditor may not actually have the authority to make a deal with you and if it is not in writing the creditor has no obligation to keep their word.
- Avoid Frequent Credit Applications – When you have an inquiry into your credit report it can make your credit appear bad. You should avoid applying for any additional credit for this reason. You should also be concerned about taking care of the credit cards you already have instead of getting additional credit.
Although we can hold the creditors accountable for the massive debt situation until we’re blue in the face, blame never got anyone out of crisis. Use what you have learned in this informative article and start fixing your credit score by taking small, practical, meaningful steps. It’s worth it to rid yourself of debt, and the sooner you start, the sooner you’ll finish.
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