Credit is necessary for any individual to have. Credit is a form of insurance to companies that you will pay when promising to make a purchase. The higher your credit score, the more companies will trust you to pay, while a lower credit score will leave companies less likely to trust you and will deny your purchase. If you have a low credit score and want to repair it, then follow these tips.
Financing a new home can be a challenge, especially if you have a history of bad credit. See about getting an FHA loan, which are loans that the federal government guarantees. It might be possible to get an FHA loan even if you don’t have the money for a down payment or the closing costs involved.
Limit applications for new credit. Every new application you submit will generate a “hard” inquiry on your credit report. These not only slightly lower your credit score, but also cause lenders to perceive you as a credit risk because you might be trying to open multiple accounts at once. Instead, make informal inquiries about rates and only submit formal applications once you have a short list.
If collection agencies won’t work with you, shut them up with a validation letter. When a third-party collection agency buys your debt, they are required to send you a letter stating such. If you send a validation letter, the collection agency can’t contact you again until they send proof that you owe the debt. Many collection agencies won’t bother with this. If they don’t provide this proof and contact you anyway, you can sue them under the FDCPA.
Discuss your credit situation with a counselor from a non-profit agency that specializes in credit counseling. If you qualify, counselors may be able to consolidate your debts or even contact debtors to reduce (or eliminate) certain charges. Gather as many details about your credit situation as possible before you contact the agency so that you look prepared and serious about repairing your credit.
To avoid getting in trouble with your creditors, keep in touch with them. Explain to them your situation and set up a payment plan with them. By contacting them, you show them that you are not a customer that does not intend to pay them back. This also means that they will not send a collection agency after you.
Start working on your credit report at least a quarter in advance of starting to look for a loan or other items that require a credit check. Corrections to your credit report do not happen overnight and you have to be aware of this. By starting prior to your need for a loan, you give your report time to show the corrections and improvements that you’ve made.
As stated before in the introduction for this article, credit is necessary for anyone to have. Companies use it to ensure that you will pay for purchases. Higher scores means more trust and lower scores mean less trust. By using the tips from this article, you can repair your credit.