There are millions of bad credit scores out there today. It’s no surprise, not with a poor economy, rising living costs, stagnant wages, and a nasty employment market. These tips will help you get a healthier score.
Look at the credit card accounts you have with a balance over 50% of the credit limit. Pay those off until they fall under this number. If you owe more than half of your credit limit on any credit card, this will have a negative impact on your rating. Plan to pay down that card as soon as possible, or see about transferring some of that debt.
If your credit is good, it’s easy to get a mortgage on a new home. If you wish to have an even higher credit score, make sure that you pay your house mortgage off on time. Having a major asset like a house also looks good to potential creditors. If you have to borrow some money, you will need this.
It’s vital that you actually begin paying the bills that you have if you want to improve your credit. More importantly, you need to start paying your bills in full and on time. Getting rid of past-due bills will have a fast and dramatic effect on your credit score.
You should consider talking to directly with your creditors when you are trying to improve your credit. If you do this you’ll find that your debt doesn’t increase and your credit is improved. This can be accomplished by negotiating with them for a change in due date or monthly charges.
Make sure you do your research before deciding to go with a particular credit counselor. There are a lot of unscrupulous agencies scattered in among the few legitimate credit counselors that are really there to help you. Other options are clearly scams. Wise consumers always verify that credit counselors are legitimate before dealing with them.
If you are attempting to raise your score with the credit bureaus, but are encountering road blocks whenever you apply for new credit, then open an account with a credit union. Local credit unions might have different credit products than national banks, because they can focus on local market conditions.
If you find any errors on your credit reports, dispute them. Draft a letter to reporting agencies disputing negative entries and also submit any available documentation. Make sure when you send the dispute package that you request proof by signature that it was received.
If you have bad credit, have your credit cards merged into one single account. Make the minimum payment each month on your other accounts, but make the largest payment possible to the one account you are focusing on. By doing this you can make your bills more manageable. Instead of a mailbox full of credit card bills, you will only have one.
Do everything possible to avoid bankruptcy. Bankruptcies appear on credit reports for ten years. It sounds very appealing to clear out your debt but in the long run you’re just hurting yourself. It may be impossible for you to get a loan or credit card in the future if you file for bankruptcy.
These are ways of protecting your credit rating. Each late payment that you make shows on your personal credit report and can hurt you when the time comes to take out a loan.
Unfortunately, sometimes you have more debts than you have money to pay them off. Take out a little money for each one of the creditors that you owe. Paying at least minimum payments prevents creditors from calling collection agencies.
Now that you are armed with the information you need to repair your credit, don’t postpone implementing your plan. The faster you act, the less likely your lowered credit score will permanently affect your life.