How To Fix A Bad Credit History – Part 2

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If you and a creditor agree on a payment plan, make sure the agreement is committed to paper. Having documentation is important for your records but also protects you in case a creditor changes their mind. You also want it in writing if it gets paid off so you can go ahead and send it to credit reporting agencies.
 
If at all possible, avoid filing bankruptcy. Bankruptcy will be noted on the credit report for 10 years, afterwards you must rebuild from scratch. It can be tempting to just go ahead and file bankruptcy to get out from under the debt, but the detrimental effects can be long lasting. Once you have filed for bankruptcy, it may become very difficult to secure a loan or open a new credit account.
 
This is one of the quickest way to create and maintain a credible financial record. Each time you make your payment late it will go against you.
 
Work with a credible credit repair service. There are a number of shady operators in the credit repair business that can cost you money and do nothing for you. Unfortunately, there have been quite a few people who have been scammed by these companies. Be a smart consumer and educate yourself by researching user reviews online to find a good agency.
 
Do not use your credit cards. Try to make purchases using cash only. If you absolutely need to use a credit card, be prepared to pay off the balance at the end of the month or as soon as possible.
 
When repairing your score, be cautious of law offices and lawyers that promise fixes for credit. Because so many people are having credit problems, predatory attorneys have appeared who charge exorbitant fees for useless or illegal credit repair schemes. Before you give a lawyer any money or any personal information, make sure to do a thorough check on them and their practice to make sure they are legitimate.
 
Any time that you take out a line of credit it is going to negatively impact your credit score. When offered large discounts or incentives for opening a new credit card, politely reject the offer. As soon as you open a new credit line, your credit score drops.
 
If you’re having trouble with creating, or living within, a budget, consult a highly regarded consumer credit counseling agency. Many times, these agencies will negotiate with creditors to rework your debts into a manageable repayment plan so you can make progress on getting your finances back on track. With assistance from credit counselors, you can learn valuable financial management skills while responsibly paying back your debt.
 
Start reducing your debt. The amount you owe compared to your income has a huge impact on your credit score. A high debt-to-income ratio will put you in a poor light when it comes to creditors. The average person can not pay off their debt immediately. A good payment plan is essential to get any debt paid off as soon as possible.
 
Now you know that your bad credit doesn’t have to give you nightmares. You do have the ability to fix your credit. Just follow these tips we listed, and you will have the credit report that will be the envy of all of your friends.

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