There are innumerable reasons people fall behind on their bills. Getting back on your feet after a period of financial challenge can be hard. But if you take the proper steps you will not only succeed, but emerge stronger than ever. Here are some awesome credit repair tips along with some advice on organizing your efforts.
Post Bankruptcy Cleanup
If events of your life led to the necessity for bankruptcy, don’t feel bad. You are not alone. And if you make sure your credit report reflects the bankruptcy properly, your credit scores will suffer only a minimal impact.
Once a bankruptcy is complete the items that were discharged should no longer report as collections, charge offs, or with past due balances. If you ignore your credit reports after a bankruptcy these items can linger and continue to weigh down your credit scores for years to come. Post-bankruptcy credit repair is easy. Make a copy of your bankruptcy discharge, along with the schedule of items included, and send it to all three credit bureaus requesting them to clean up each effected item.
Student Loan Problems
Student loans are unique among all other liabilities. It is almost impossible to discharge a student loan in bankruptcy, and there is no statute of limitations for collectability. Unlike old credit card debt, you can’t just wait out the next few years until it goes away; student loan debt is here to stay. It is for this reason that we suggest to our customers that they pick up the phone and deal with it right away.
But there is good news. First, the law requires that student loan lenders accommodate borrowers by making repayment as flexible and affordable as possible. And second, there is assistance available to help you understand your rights. If you are having any kind of issues with your student loans, if they are currently past due, or even long since in default, please call the Student Loan Ombudsman Office at (877) 557-2575. Call today!
Credit Card Re-Aging
If you are currently behind on credit card payments and are working hard to catch up there is a way out. There is a little known procedure offered by credit card issuers known as “re-aging.” This procedure will allow you to convert your past due balance into a current balance, and will eliminate the entire history of late payments on the account. That’s right! Once the process is complete your account will be entirely current, and will show on your credit report as if there had never been an issue. This is a super effective credit repair technique!
Here are the rules. The account in question must have been open for at least nine months. For your part, you must offer to make three on-time payments. Re-ageing is designed for people that have been through a period of hardship and are now ready to get back on track; so you need to be in this category, and you must communicate this to the credit card company.
Just call the credit card issuer and tell them that you are interested in their re-aging policy. Some card issuers refer to this process as “curing”. If the person you are speaking with does not know what you are talking about, please ask for their supervisor. I suggest that you organize your thoughts before you call. Remember to tell them that your life has changed and you are going to be a great customer!
An intelligent credit repair effort can make a world of difference. But in the long run, the key to maintaining great credit is living within your means. Life will not always cooperate with your attempt to stay on a budget, but the more careful you are to plan your finances while times are good, the more resilient you will be when unforeseen circumstances arise.
Organizing a budget requires a bit of careful thought – and a pen and paper! You will need to consider all of your monthly expenses. Make sure to include everything, rent, mortgage payments, utilities, auto expenses, food, etc. Knowledge is power. Too many people lose control of their finances simply because they don’t take the time to know what their commitments are. Only when you know your limits can you make reasonable decisions about what to purchase, or what amount of new debt is manageable.
While you are contemplating your budget, make an allowance for savings. In the long run savings will be the most important contributor to financial stability. Make a habit of setting aside money. Savings leads to confidence and peace of mind. In time your savings will provide the foundation of unshakable credit that is capable of withstanding all of the events of life. Good luck!
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