Rebuilding Your Credit History
Your credit history is very important for you because when it comes to big loans, your credit report will determine if you can get the loan and what rates you’ll have to pay. The credit report will matter a lot when you apply for a mortgage loan, for a car loan or for getting insurance on your house, your car or your life. If your credit report does not look so good, it is possible that you’ll not get the loan or insurance or if you get it the interest will be higher than normal because you represent a risk for the loaner. On the other hand, if your credit report has a good score, it will be much easier for you to obtain the necessary loan or insurance and the interest rates will be much smaller. In case you think that you fit into the first category, people with a bad credit report, rebuilding your credit history should be a top priority for you. I said a top priority because rebuilding your credit history is a difficult and long process that will take you several years, but at the end, you’ll be satisfied because then you’ll be able to get any credit you need.
Having a poor credit history will bring you only disadvantages: will be harder for you to get a loan or if you manage to qualify for a loan the interest rates will most probably be much higher. Apart from this loan connected disadvantages, you’ll also face other problems like you might be turned down for a job or, worse, you’ll not be able to rent an apartment. If you have faced this type of problems, you already know how important it is to start rebuilding your credit history as early as possible.
As we already mentioned, repairing or rebuilding your credit history is a scary but necessary task for people with bad credit reports. For starting you need to know how your credit report looks like and what lenders will see when they ask for your credit report. You can get your report for free from http://www.annualcreditreport.com/. This is a truly free credit report site set up by the US Government to provide consumers access to their credit information once per year, free of charge. Study it and look at it from the perspective of a lender. This way will sooner realize what your mistakes are and try to repair them and make sure you don’t repeat them. The next step would be to make a list of all your income sources, fixed expenses like mortgage or rent or car payments, and variable expenses like clothing or holiday expenses. Writing them down will help you a lot because you’ll see your spending patterns and all your sources of income altogether. This will help you better understand and see what changes should be done in order to save some money.
The next step on the way to rebuilding your credit history is applying for a credit card. If you can not get approved for a standard credit card, apply for a secured credit cards. Although standard credit cards are best for rebuilding your credit score, secured credit cards are much easier to obtain and can be a beneficial first step. To be able to get a secured credit card you need to have and deposit some funds with the credit card issuer. Your secured credit card limit is usually equal to the amount you deposited. This is very helpful because you are able to know from before how much you’ll spend and you are not allowed spending more than the credit limit. A secured card can be used the same way as an unsecured card and making your payments in time will be of big help for improving your credit report. Apart from a secured credit card, you can apply for a store or gasoline card which is much easier to obtain, have a smaller credit limit and will help you improve your credit report. For the same purpose, you can also establish an account at a credit union and later apply for a secured loan. The interest fee for this type of loan is small, but if you make your payments in time, the positive information will be added to your credit report.
If you want to succeed in rebuilding your credit history the most important thing to do is paying your current bills on time and in full. This will put positive information into your credit report. For maintaining your credit history in good order, get copies of it annually from more than one source (in case creditors do not report to all credit report agencies) and review it. If you discover any mistakes or errors correct them at once by contacting in writing the credit reporting agency and the creditor.
These are only a few ideas on what to do for rebuilding your credit history. If your not confident you can manage all by yourself ask for the help of an expert. The main key to succeed in keeping your credit history clean is paying on time and in full all your bills.