Never before has your credit score been so important. And never has credit repair offered such dramatic financial benefits. There was a time, not long ago, when it was enough to pay your bills on time. Lenders would glance at your credit report, and if it looked okay you would be approved. And the interest rate you would receive would be the same as all of the other candidates that were approved.
Credit repair may have made your report look good, but unless there were dramatic problems with your reports you may have gotten little, if any financial benefit. This is no longer the case. Even a small credit repair tune up will pay noticeable financial dividends. The credit markets have changed dramatically, largely as a result of the stress of the post-2006 real estate and mortgage market failures. Lenders now consider every single point on your credit score when evaluating your loan application.
Optimizing Your Scores
To make a credit repair tune up all the more important, the credit scoring model is trickier and less logical that you might think. Once upon a time you would have great credit simply by making your payments on time. This is now far from the truth. You can make all of your payments right on time and still have dismal credit scores. A credit repair tune up will insure that all of the components of your credit report are in proper balance.
Subtle Issues Can Add Up
Your credit repair tune up will include a thorough examination of all three credit bureau reports. Given the importance of each and every point on your credit score not a single item can be ignored. There are a number of reporting issues that many people miss when they proofread their reports. These are compliance issues which should not be on your report as a matter of law, and which can have a significant influence on your scores. All of these subtle little items must be spotted and removed. Included in this category are revolving accounts with under-reported account limits, paid accounts reporting a balance, closed accounts reporting as open, and duplicate accounts.
Dispute For Success
The next step in your credit repair tune up is the dispute process. In addition to the tricky compliance issues already mentioned, all questionable issues should be examined. If they cannot be made sense of, they should be disputed. It is important to keep in mind as you continue the project that the credit reporting system is error prone. And it is not self-correcting. Unchallenged errors can easily linger on your report for years pulling your valuable scores down and costing you money. The credit bureaus do an important job, but given the volume of data, and the number of participants in the process, errors are to be expected. If you do not take action, no one else will. Credit repair is about looking out for you.
The final and essential ingredient in a successful credit repair tune up is persistence. The credit bureaus are large cumbersome bureaucracies. They are not the enemy, but it is helpful to see them just as they are, potentially difficult. You may not get a satisfactory response the first time you send a dispute letter. This does not means that you should give up. Credit repair requires a can-do attitude. If you believe there is a mistake on your report do not take no for an answer. Be organized, remain focused, and you will succeed.
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