Credit repair has the power to transform your financial life and help you meet creditor guidelines. We are in a period of hard economic times. For the last three years lenders have tightened their requirements. Consumers everywhere are finding it difficult to get home loans, automobile financing, and even credit cards. Millions of credit cards holders have been contacted by their creditors and told that their credit limits have been reduced, and in many cases even informed that their cards have been canceled.
Meeting the Challenge Head On
Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal noted that credit card issuers will be cutting credit card lines by two trillion dollars in 2009. Credit repair provides a means of restoring, rebuilding, and optimizing your credit reports and credit scores. An intelligent round of credit repair is exactly what these hard times call for. You do not have to sit back and watch passively while the availability of credit becomes a distant memory. Start your credit repair program today and regain the favor of lenders and access to the low cost financing you need.
A Complete Approach is Needed
There are three aspects to successful credit repair that you must address simultaneously. You must clean up the content of your credit report, rectify any credit deficiencies you have, and fine-tune your credit for credit score optimization. If you neglect any of these tasks your credit repair effort will struggle, or even fail in spite of your otherwise capable and hard work. Many credit repair programs focus on credit bureau disputes to the exclusion of everything else. And as exciting as it is to see derogatory information corrected, you are likely to face disappointment when the time comes to apply for a loan and you find that your credit scores have not improved and that the content of your report does not meet the lenders requirements. Here is an overview of the three pronged approach that will insure you end up with truly usable credit.
The Credit Repair Clean Up
Cleaning up your credit report with credit repair requires patience and a proper understanding of all of your legal rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. And if you have accounts reported by collectors on your report you must have a working knowledge of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and all relevant state statutes of limitation. With the proper tools your job will be easy and rewarding. If you fail to learn the rules you may trigger unanticipated trouble in the form of new collection activity and lawsuits. If you don’t have the time to invest in the learning process don’t worry, just contact a legitimate credit repair service. They will insure that all of the necessary precautions are taken before sending dispute letters to the credit bureaus.
Removing Credit Deficiencies
Rectifying credit deficiencies as part of your credit repair program is every bit as important as cleaning up your credit report. This is necessary for anyone who does not have any open mainstream revolving accounts. Credit cards are the most powerful way of jump starting your credit scores. You should have a minimum of two credit cards. Given the state of the credit markets today there is a good chance that you will have to apply for secured credit cards. Secured credit cards are every bit as good for credit rebuilding as unsecured cards. Once you have your two credit cards you need to follow three simple rules to optimize your credit scores. Make your payments on time, don’t pay your balance down to zero, and keep your balance under twenty percent of the total credit line available on the card. As an example, if you have a card with a five hundred dollar limit, you should keep the balance under two hundred dollars.
Fine-Tune and Optimize
Fine-tuning the content of your credit report for credit score optimization requires some understanding of the FICO scoring model. There are certain types of debt that are favorable for your score and others that should be avoided at all costs. In addition, there is an optimal balance between different types of debt that you should work towards. You may need to open accounts, close others, pay down balances, and understand the pace at which these changes should take place depending on your own credit needs.
Picking Your Path
Do you need help? You can succeed at credit repair on your own, or you can hire a reputable credit repair service to manage the process for you. Credit repair is a unique task that requires a fair amount of knowledge if you want to produce the best possible results. If you are going to go it alone please take the time to educate yourself. If you are going to hire a credit repair service, pick up the phone and interview a few. Make a list of questions to ask and pick the company that you feel comfortable with. Good luck!
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