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Want To Repair Your Credit? Use These Tips

Jun 9

Want To Repair Your Credit? Use These Tips

It's not only irresponsible people who fall into deep debt. People who pay their bills on time and honor their debts, sometimes get struck with a little bit of bad luck that ultimately spirals out of control, and creditors are not forgiving of your bad luck. They want their money and they want it now. But what can you do to fix that bad credit rating? Here are a few tips that can get you started on the road to repairing your credit.

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Credit repair can be daunting. But, it can be handled if you develop a plan and stick to it religiously. For example if you have two hundred dollars extra in your budget every month, dedicate one hundred, thereof, to settling or reducing your debts. It may take a while, but before you know it, your credit score will improve.

 

If your debts are overwhelming you and are unable to get creditors to work with you, consider consumer credit counseling. Consumer credit counseling will work with you and your creditors to help you set-up a payment plan that works. They will also work with your creditors to lower your interest rates.

 

Try credit counseling instead of bankruptcy. Sometimes it is unavoidable, but in many instances, having someone to help you sort out your debt and make a viable plan for repayment can make all the difference you need. They can help you to avoid something as serious as a foreclosure or a bankruptcy.

 

If there is a judgment against you, see if it can be vacated. If you were not served properly or if the debt isn't yours, you can have a judgment vacated. You must go through the process of petitioning the court; however the process is one that you can manage on your own.

 

Keep using cards that you've had for a while for small amounts here and there to keep it active and on your credit report. The longer that you have had a card the better the effect it has on your FICO score. If you have cards with better rates or limits, keep the older ones open by using them for small incidental purchases.

 

Late fees associated with monthly bills such as credit card bills and utility bills have a drastically negative effect on your credit. Bad credit due to late fees also takes a long time to fix; however, it is a necessary fix as it is impossible to have good credit without paying these basic bills on time. If you are serious about fixing your credit, paying bills on time is the first and most important change you should make.

 

A first step in fixing your credit is to close all credit card accounts that are unnecessary. Aim to only have one account. You will want to either transfer your balances onto the one remaining card or set up payment arrangements, but close the account to new charges. You can pay down one credit card in full, rather than chipping away at many.

 

As you've learned here, there are plenty of steps you can take and ways to repair your credit that will not require having your proverbial day in court. You might have to develop a silver tongue and deal with a little more stress than you're used to, but following these steps can help you get out of debt.