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Repair And Rebuild Your Credit With This Advice
Submitted by AudreaTanzer669
Wed, 30 Jan 2013
If you have fallen on hard times like so many other people in this economy, then there is a good chance that your credit has suffered as well. Cleaning it up is going to be very important for moving forward and rebuilding your financial life. This article will show you how you can repair your credit and get back on track.
There usually isn't a way to get around negative items on your credit report unless you contact the creditor directly. There are many companies that claim they have the ability to do this but really they just contact the creditor and if they don't hear back from them the debt is removed. Once the creditor reports to the credit agency, the negative item will show on your report again.
One effective step in credit repair is to get a secured credit card. By getting a secured credit card and carrying a balance while paying off the majority of the monthly bill, you will be establishing good revolving credit and increasing your credit score at the same time.
Pay down your debt. Aim for reducing all of your debts to about 10 percent of available credit. You should pay off the high interest accounts first, and then start on the less expensive accounts. Don't accumulate any new credit. Focus solely on paying down the credit you already have.
Whether you are repairing your credit or just maintaining good credit, you must inspect your monthly credit card statements carefully. Obviously you want to catch and dispute any charges that seem wrong to you. Your dispute will go better the sooner you start it, so finding suspicious charges as soon as possible is very important.
Stop avoiding the phone calls and talk to your creditors. They aren't going to just go away, they'll just switch to a different company. Many collections agents are willing to work with you on payment arrangements if you'll just take the time to talk to you. The majority would rather be guaranteed of a small payment each month than never receiving anything at all.
Paying cash for smaller purchases will not only save ones credit cards from being overused but it will also help one repair their credit. By keeping down the amounts on their credit cards by paying cash whenever one can will not only limit the bill one has to pay but repair credit.
To help repair your credit you should cut up all of your credit cards except for 1. Having too many credit cards will increase your debt to income ration and that is a negative on your credit report. Only use one card for emergency, business or travel purposes and that is it.
Believe it or not, your overall credit rating also affects your auto insurance premiums. So if you want to find cheap, quality car insurance, one way you can save money is to tie up those loose ends with the creditors. Insurance is all about risk, and someone with bad credit naturally poses a larger risk. Fix your credit rating and you can save some real dough on your insurance.
Nobody is perfect and most of us have made the same spending mistakes that you have and negatively effected our credit ratings. Facing up to the problem is the first step and it is a big step in the right direction. Take what you have learned today from this article, apply it to your every day actions and incorporate it into your strategy for repairing your credit now!
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