January 25, 2013
Improve Your Credit By Following These Simple Tips
Is your credit score so low it is hindering your life? By following the tips in this article you can get things back on track, and finally have a credit score that makes you proud.
Avoid using your credit cards. Stick to your budget by only spending the cash that you have allocated for spending. If you absolutely have no other choice but to use a credit card, pay off the balance in full as soon as possible.
Bankruptcy should be filed only if absolutely necessary. When you file for bankruptcy it shows for 10 years, your credit report will suffer from this. Bankruptcy may sound great because your debt goes away but there are consequences. Most lenders will be hesitant to work with you in the future when a bankruptcy shows on your credit report.
Put together a plan to pay off the collection account and past due accounts. These will remain on the credit report, but will be reported as paid. This is better than having past due debt.
Try lowering the balance of any revolving accounts you have. You can up your credit rating just by paying down your balances. The FICO system will make a note when the balances are at 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100 percent of the total credit available.
If your credit rating is not good, you may want to think about contacting your banks and asking to have your credit limit reduced. If you do this, make sure you keep a low balance. By increasing your limit, you can reduce the ratio between your credit limit and the amount that you owe.
If you are trying to repair your credit, take note of any credit inquiries on your report. If someone inquires about your credit score, it is always noted.
If you are unable to make minimum payments, contact the better business bureau for information on a trustworthy credit counseling service. These organizations can help you by negotiating with creditors to resolve a payment plan. Credit counseling can give you the tools you need in order to keep track of your finances and stay out of debt in the future.
By paying off outstanding balances you will make the fastest progress towards repairing your credit. Once the balance is paid off, the account starts aging on your report and more recent activity will replace it to show that you are properly handling your bills.
Financing a new home can be a challenge, especially if you have a history of bad credit. You should consider getting a FHA loan they are backed by the government. You may even be able to secure your down payment and closing costs through an FHA loan. It depends on if you qualify.
Any of your credit cards with balances that are above 50% of your overall limit need to be paid off as soon as possible, until the balance is less than 50%. If any of your balances climb past half of your available credit limit, pay them down or spread the debt around other accounts, otherwise, your credit rating gets tarnished.
Your credit report doesn’t have keep you up at night worrying and stressing about your future. You are able to fix your credit rating and overcome any obstacles in your way. These tips can help you achieve a credit score you can be proud of.
Filed under Credit Repair by Alan Sawyer