Taking Steps To Repair Bad Credit
Repairing your bad credit is never easy, but there are solutions that can help you get out of debt. Everyone has bills and sometimes bills can get out of control. Because paying your bills is an ongoing process, the best possible solution when you are in trouble is by asking for help and working to get your debt under control.
Since new laws make it difficult for consumers to restore their credit rating, it might seem impossible to get out of trouble. However, under the law, it is possible to get all three of your credit reports free of charge.
If you have a poor credit history, you should request copies of your credit reports to be certain that there are no mistakes or false charges. If you do find erroneous claims on your credit report, the first thing you should do is file a dispute against the claims. This will likely delay your payments, and if you are found not to be responsible for the debt, it can free you from it altogether.
Contact the agencies as soon as possible if you notice any invalid accounts or incorrect claims that are not your responsibility. For your convenience, Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax all have dispute hotlines available.
Disputing can be one step toward repairing your credit. Most of the information listed on credit reports are from banks, credit card companies, utility providers, legal judgments, etc. Typically, that information remains on your credit report for at least 7 years. Positive ratings often remain on your report for 10 years. Tax liens will remain on your credit report for 15 years, and bankruptcies will remain on your credit report for 10 years. That is why it is important to dispute any credit claims that are on your report that are not yours.
The bureaus will investigate, and if they find in your favor, the debts will be erased from your credit report. For this reason, it is very important to keep track of your credit report and view it on a regular basis. You also have the ability to view your credit score from the reports so that you can see how it has been affected by your report.
If you find claims against you that you are responsible for, but don’t know how to fix, you should educate yourself.
Do not believe it when credit repair companies assert that they can remove items from your credit report and lower your monthly payments. The government watches most of these agencies, and the government has been given reason to believe that some of these agencies have misled customers.
Most of these companies are only looking to cheat you, all the while putting you at risk of further damaging your credit. If you need help or support with your credit, then it is easy and sensible to consult counselors at the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. The representatives are highly trained in helping consumers find a legal way to improve their credit and get out of debt while keeping the creditors at bay.
Make sure that you know your rights if you are looking for ways to repair your bad credit. It is still possible to overcome bad credit and build good credit again.
You are not alone, and there are places that you can turn. The Consumer Response Center is another great resource for learning about your rights. There are some cases where you have more rights than you might realize. Victims of Identity Theft or Military Personnel that have had their identities stolen often have more rights than people who simply fail to pay their bills.
Knowing your rights and where to turn for help is the first step in repairing your bad credit.