If you are needing a credit pick me up, then you have come to the right place. Everyone needs to take time to manage their credit, and make sure that it is as good as it can be. This article will give you ideas on how you can clean up your bad credit and maintain the good credit.
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.
If you have challenged or denied negative items on your credit report and some still remain, you may be able to reduce that number even further by contacting the collection agency or creditor. By law, these companies need to provide written proof that the account is yours. This means a hard copy of a signed contract or other legally binding document, not just a printout of the information they have in their computer system. Many of these companies do not hold onto these documents. If they can’t come up with acceptable proof, they are required to remove the account from your credit report and stop all collection attempts.
If a collection agent does not inform you of your rights stay away. All legitimate credit collection firms follow the Fair Credit Reporting Act. If a company does not let you know of your rights they may be a scam. Learn what your rights are so that you know when a company is trying to push you around.
Recognizing tactics used by disreputable credit repair companies can help you avoid hiring one before it’s too late. Any company that asks for money in advance is not only underhanded but criminal. The Credit Repair Organizations Act prohibits credit repair companies from accepting payments before their services have been rendered. In addition, they neglect to inform you of your rights or to tell you what steps you can take to improve your credit report for free.
If your credit has been damaged and you are looking to repair it using a credit repair service there are things you should know. The credit service must provide you with written details of their offer before you agree to any terms, as no agreement is binding unless there is a signed contract by the consumer.
If you are trying to improve your credit score, keep open your longest-running credit card. The longer your account is open, the more impact it has on your credit score. Being a long-term customer may also give you some negotiating power on aspects of your account such as interest rate.
Hopefully at the end of this article you are seeing just how easy it can be to maintain a good credit rating and to clean up a not so good one. There was a lot of information presented here, but if you follow it and make smart financial decisions, you will be limitless in possibilities.