In the perfect world, the credit bureaus would never err. The billions of pieces of data they each process, related to more than two hundred million Americans, would all click right into place. When you examined your credit report there would never be a mistake. And there would be no use for credit repair.
The Facts of Life
In real life credit repair is the only way to insure an error-free credit report. The credit bureaus do an admirable job. It is no small task to coordinate the massive amount of information provided by millions of creditors and collectors, not to mention the public records gathered through courthouse sources. But the system is far from perfect. Errors are constant, and they are costly.
The real problem with reporting errors is the awful impact they can have on their victim. Here is an example of a common and expensive error, now resolved by credit repair. A woman examined her credit report and found five collectors all reporting the same debt. She defaulted on the debt a number of years ago, so initially felt that the derogatory accounts were her fate. Not so.
A Collector Pile Up
The woman ignored the mess on her report for a long while, but upon investigation discovered that only one collector may report a debt at a time. Collectors are expected to withdraw accounts from credit reports when they sell a debt. And as debt sales are a normal part of the collection business, and as collectors are typically remiss in their reporting compliance, collection accounts often pile up.
The Credit Repair Solution
A single round of credit repair dispute letters to the credit bureaus resolved the problem. All of the prior collectors simply withdrew their accounts when challenged; all gone. A quick check of her FICO scores showed that her scores rose close to 100 points as a result. It was a happy moment, but the magnitude of her score rebound brought a horrific fact home to roost.
The Real Cost
She had ignored the presence of these invalid collections for nearly three years. During that period of time she had lived with the belief that she was a sub-prime borrower. She had purchased a home and a car in that period and passively accepted the higher interest rates offered by her lenders. And to make it even worse, two of her credit cards companies raised her rates raised and lowered her limits. The cost of the errors was considerable.
The Good News
The good news is that the error was caught, and the purpose of credit repair was fulfilled. The truth was dour, but it is better to resolve a problem that to let it linger. The woman quickly refinanced both her home and automobile and was soon paying five-hundred dollars less each month. The credit card companies would not budge, so the story continues, but every day is much brighter.
The Moral of the Story
Do not take anything for granted. Credit reporting errors are as common as dirt and can be costly. Like the woman above, too many people make the mistake of thinking that bad credit is their karmic burden. You may have to live with the consequences of your past mistakes, but you should not have to pay for the errors of others. Do you have errors? Shine the light of credit repair on your reports today.
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