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29 August 2012

Are past credit problems causing you headaches? Learn how to fix your own credit

Get help fixing your
credit problems:

Learn how you can remove past credit problems from your credit report, raise your credit score, &
get your credit back to normal!

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Are you fed up with being turned down for loans - or paying very high interest rates - because of your past money problems?

With the right information, fixing your credit problems is not that difficult. These simple do it yourself credit repair tips helped me clean up my credit report and get rid of 27 damaging items. So, if past financial problems are costing you money, and driving you crazy, you're not alone.

Not long ago, about the only financial problem I had not run into was bankruptcy (although I was considering it at one point). But with a little patience and persistence - and some help from the "do-it-yourself" credit repair tips below - eventually I got almost all of the negative items off my credit report (which happened because of a business idea that did not work out).

Even If You've Had Really Bad Money Problems, Can You Still Repair Your Credit?

Yes. Here are some of the bad stuff I got rid of:

  • late payments

  • settlements

  • chargeoffs

  • and a collections account

It did take a few months, but it was well worth it. In fact, just recently my wife and I ended up getting a mortgage and a car loan (at the lowest rates, too!)

With the right information - and a little effort - you can improve your credit score, and get yourself back on the right track.

Here's A Helpful Step-By-Step "Do-It-Yourself" Guide For Removing
All Kinds Of Bad Credit From Your Credit Report!

Unfortunately, many people mistakenly believe that once you have a late payment, chargeoff, or other problem that it automatically has to stay on your credit report (and that it must stay there for a long time!) And that's exactly what the credit bureaus want you to think.

Fixing your past money problems and improving your credit rating is really not that hard - all you need to know is how to do it. It sometimes takes more than one try, so make sure to keep trying until you get the results you want. Here are the steps you should follow to clean up your credit problems:

  1. Get a FREE copy of your credit report.

    If you've ever had trouble paying your bills, chances are very good you'll have at least some negative information on your credit report! Start by getting a copy of your credit report and find out exactly what's damaging your credit. You can order your report online from the only site authorized by the 3 major credit bureaus (most of the ads offering a "free' credit report actually require you to pay for a monitoring service!) If you have not received a copy of your credit report lately, then you should order a copy as soon as possible!

  2. Review your credit report very carefully!

    Then look very carefully at everything that's on your report. Because statistics show that a large percentage of credit reports contain errors that are lowering your score. Make a list (or highlight) all the errors and negative items, so you can keep track while fixing your credit. You should also pay attention to your personal information (name and address, social security #, job history, etc.), as you want your credit report as accurate as possible (and you can use these types of errors to help you get other bad credit taken off).

  3. Dispute the negative information that you want removed.

    Next, take your list and dispute any item that does not belong on your credit report, or that's hurting your score. If you're not sure how to go about writing the dispute letters, the 37 Days To Clean Credit will show you a proven step-by-step formula developed by a real person who learned how to fix his own credit problems.

  4. Keep trying!

    If you can't get the bad stuff off your credit report right away, keep trying! The strategy I used was to dispute one error at a time - it may take a little while to do it this way, but it worked for me.

  5. Review your credit report every year!

    Even when you get your credit back to normal, it's a good idea to check your credit report once a year, just to keep it that way!

Why repair your own credit?

Because it's easy to get ripped off when hiring a credit repair service. In fact, even the FTC recommends fixing your own credit problems: Credit Repair: How To Help Yourself. But if you do decide to use a credit repair service, here are some tips for avoiding credit repair scams from the Internet Fraud Watch.


How Much Does Bad Credit Actually Cost You?

If you are making payments on a car, you are probably paying between $5,000 and $9,000 more in interest just for having bad credit. This added interest shows up every month in a higher payment.

Credit Status Rate Payment Over 5 years Monthly Cost of
Bad Credit
Perfect 10% $424.94 $0.00 $0.00
Mildly damaged 14% $465.37 $4,722.54 $76.17
Damaged 20% $529.88 $8,593.30 $138.60
 

Bad credit in auto financing can really hurt, but it is nothing compared to the cost of bad credit when a home is involved. A typical home can cost between $50,000 and $130,000 more in interest if you are buying the home with bad credit, as indicated below.

Credit Status Rate Payment Over 30 years Monthly Cost of
Bad Credit
Perfect 7% $655.30 $0.00 $0.00
Mildly damaged 9% $804.62 $50,155.24 $139.31
Damaged 12% $1,028.61 $130,791.63 $363.30
 

If you are looking to make a major purchase in the next 6 to 12 months you should obtain copies of your credit reports from all three credit agencies ASAP. You can learn more about obtaining and reading your reports as well as a variety of ways to dispute negative information.

There are also a number of companies who offer credit repair services that can help get your credit back in line and make your financial problems a thing of the past.

Now that my credit is back to normal, I get several credit card offers every day, so remember to throw them in the trash right away now that you are out of debt, or on your way!

Posted by Kris Bickell





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