Wednesday, December 9, 2009
5 Tips for Repairing Bad Credit. By: Gretchen Reese
Almost all of us are fond of overspending! We buy things we don't really need. Once we see something that catches our eyes, we automatically buy it - often without even thinking if we still have money or not.
People usually do this in order to please themselves. And lots of them have their own credit cards as a reserve once they run out of cash. They tend to spend a large amount of money in order to serve their caprices or to make them feel better about themselves. Unfortunately, this never really works, and it causes more damage than it cures.
Almost everybody has a credit file, maintained by a credit reference agency. Many people have bad credit facts on their files, such as defaults and bad payment history. This means that when these people apply for credit, such as loans, mortgages, credit cards, car finance or even for a simple bank account, they may be turned away.
Sometimes these people are not even aware of their credit information and credit files, which cause them to have a bad credit.
Having bad credit can adversely affect every aspect of your life. A low credit score means severe financial limitations and difficulties. As if this is not enough, you will also have handfuls of credit councilors and other so called money managers trying to take even more from you with their debt consolidation plans that promise to "cut your payments in half", "save you thousands", or our personal favorite - "get you out of debt with the click of a mouse".
If only our computer mouse had the debt relief magic that those bad credit spam emails promise. Although getting out of debt can't be done with a click of a mouse button, it's probably not as difficult as you think.
If you are in this kind of predicament, it is imperative for your financial stability that you do everything you can to repair it.
Now, you might be thinking exactly what is bad credit repair?
"Bad Credit repair" is a common term often used to describe a systematic process of rehabilitating an individual's creditworthiness, or financial credit reputation.
It is a process that you can carry out yourself, and sometimes the steps you can take are simple. However many people find credit repair a difficult and discouraging procedure.
This process is usually initiated by obtaining copies of your credit report, reviewing the credit report for errors, omissions, and misleading information, and requesting corrections to such information by means of a formal dispute.
If you are worrying too much about your credit, conquer that feeling! No matter how bad your credit is, you can take the following steps to make it better:
1. Pay all of your bills on time. Decide if you have the income to meet all of your obligations. Remember, late payments (payments that are 30 days late or more) have a negative effect on your credit rating.
2. Lessen the number of credit cards that you have. This will reduce the tendency to overspend. Contact your creditors about your plan and close your other accounts.
3. Avoid bankruptcies. Bankruptcy may not the end of the world but it will be with you for years. It will stay in your credit report for at least years and hamper your ability to get credit in the future.
4. Request in writing that your creditors reduce the credit limits on your accounts to lower your amount of available credit.
5. Monitor results and stick to your plan. Review your file every few months to make sure that any errors that you have disputed have been corrected. After a period of time inquiries will no longer count against you provided you haven't been applying for credit.
These steps can help anywone with bad credit. If you are in that situation, don't be troubled. Bad credit can almost always be improved or corrected. JUST:
> avoid overspending
> establish a realistic budget
> get out of debt now
> build a financial cushion
> read and understand your credit report
> get mistakes on your credit report fixed
> get positive information added to your credit report
> negotiate with creditors
> Set up your plan and stick with it!