Having good credit is crucial in today’s world. It is almost impossible to get a loan for a house or a car with bad credit and potential employers and landlords can pull and look at your credit. If you have made credit mistakes in the past, you can get past them and start to work on fixing your credit.
If you repair your credit score, you can save money on your insurance premiums. This refers to all types of insurance, including your homeowner’s insurance, your auto insurance, and even your life insurance. A poor credit history reflects badly on your character as a person, meaning your rates are higher for any type of insurance.
Be careful about which collection accounts you pay off. With the current way the credit reporting system is structured, paying off a collection agency may actually lower your score because the date of last activity will be reset. A paid collection has no less of an impact on your score than an open collection. This resetting of the date of last activity also means the seven year reporting clock will restart. If you can wait out a collection agency, do it.
“Laddering” is a term used frequently when it comes to repairing ones credit. Basically, one should pay as much as possible to the creditor with the highest interest rate and do so on time. All other bills from other creditors should be paid on time, but only given the minimum balance due. Once the bill with the highest interest rate is paid off, work on the next bill with the second highest interest rate and so on and so forth. The goal is to pay off what one owes, but also to reduce the amount of interest one is paying. Laddering credit card bills is the ideal step to overcoming debt.
Obtain a copy of your credit report at regular intervals, and maintain a careful watch for agencies to report your repair efforts. If you are clearing up negative issues on your credit history, monitoring your report allows you to verify that agencies are correctly administering information on your status and that additional negative reports are not being made.
The key to successful repair of your credit is to know your rights about how your accounts are reported. If you feel that errors have been made in the way an agency has reported to your credit history then it is in your best interest to know your rights and contact these creditors with that information in your toolbox.
Be wary of collection agencies that try to talk over you and will not answer your questions. Agencies that are scams will try to keep you off balance by continuously talking without giving you any facts. If they aren’t answering your questions and are threatening you, tell them to contact you only in writing.
You can fix your credit. If you will follow our proven tips, you will see improvements that will help to raise your score to a more acceptable level. Everyone is looking at your credit report, so it needs to be something you are proud of. Good credit is a great asset.