When it comes to life the majority are always assuming, and the most of them assume the worst. Creditors, debtors or anyone today all base their theories on assumptions and assumptions from the beginning of time have caused nothing but failure.
When people fail to pay their bills on time, many of the creditors assume that the debtor does not have the means to pay the debt. Many creditors with the assumption that you are not capable of paying your bills will often set up an arrangement or else lower the amount so that you can repay the debt.
This is a step to credit repair, however it takes you to contact the creditors to let them know your situation. If you have several bills on hand and all the bills are pressing it makes sense to payoff the debt that benefits you the most. After this bill is paid you can set aside an amount the following paycheck to payoff another of the bills. Once you follow this strategy it allows you to work your bills down gradually thus repairing your credit.
If you don’t have the funds to repay the entire bill at most pay the minimum amount so that you can continue using the service. Most debtors assume they are in debt and there is nothing they can do to resolve the problems that plague their lives everyday. Creditors are always on their back, and their paychecks are never enough to make ends meet. This is the process of giving up on life. When we give up it often leads to stress. The answer is often in front of them or comes somewhere down the line.
Sometimes we see Credit Counseling or Debt Consolidation advertisings, we will think, “how can they help me”. The fact is Debt Consolidation is only a lead to get creditors off your back for a moment. Credit Counselors are more prone to help you find a solution to repairing your credit. Credit Counselors is the solution when you don’t see a way out on your own. The professionals work closely with your creditors, you, and work toward a resolve.
This is certainly a way to get creditors off your back, work out an agreement with your debts, and reduce the stress level that comes along with financial burdens. Some of the Credit Counseling Services offer a low fee for their services and provide you with a financial managing solution. The services often offer help with managing your money, as well as offering counseling to homeowners, students, and so on.
There are many solutions for debt relief so the key then is not assuming the worst. Again the main solution is paying off the debts that are considered priorities. If you have secured loans it is always wise to find a way to pay these bills first. Unsecured loans pose a threat, but nothing compared to secured debts. Some of the nonessential bills can include credit cards.
Although you are responsible for this bill, however the worst case that happens with credit cards is that you loose out all your privileges. Check your terms & agreements, since some credit cards may allow you to pay the interest on the cards. This will give you the time you need to find a solution for paying off the card. Some cards may even allow you to pay the minimum balance on the card and allow you to keep the card in your possession.
If you have credit cards you might want to consider paying your bills, which will give you time to repay the credit card. Pay the maximum amount on the credit card before the bill comes in so that you have funds available to pay your bills the following month in case you don’t have the funds available. There is always a solution, so never assume that you can’t deal with any problem.
You might want to cut back on some of your spending so that you will have extra cash when those bills come in also. Cutting back only provides a solution for gaining money and repairing your credit.
If you are having difficulty with your credit score and rating, or having a hard time getting a credit card you might want to consider a pre-paid card. Nowadays it is virtually impossible to purchase anything without a credit card. Lenders today are offering Pre-Paid Visa and Master Cards, which work like credit cards.
The procedure works like put money into an account and then you are able to use the cards like a regular credit card. No one will know the difference. Prepaid credit cards can be purchased at many stores or online. The downside is you have to pay a small fee when you open an account.
You want to be careful with which card you choose since some are expensive. After the account is open, you have to pay a small fee every time you make another deposit on your account. The upside about prepaid cards is that it can help repair your credit.
Another advantage is, if your credit is bad then the prepaid may be the only the solution for repairing credit. The best solution is to continue paying your bills and avoid spending money on items you do not really need.
Most people spend a fortune during the course of a decade on various items all to sell them later in a garage sale, or else toss them in the garbage when they realize they did not need it in the first place. It pays to consider all aspects of any decision made to avoid complications. Bad credit is an obstacle and in order to defeat the obstacle you have to take steps to resolve the issues.
If you are in debt and nagged daily by creditors you might want to understand your credit files to repair your credit. If you are delinquent in payments your credit score is affected, and often you can’t get a loan. There are exceptions but if you are able to get a loan or credit card you will be paying high interest rates. Your credit file determines your faith in life.
If you are credit file has a low score most landlords, lenders, or providers will turn you down when you apply for a loan. Credit files are often found in the computer systems are maintained by credit bureaus. If your credit file indicates you are a low risk then you most likely will get a loan, apartment, credit card, or whatever you apply for.
Credit scores are a ‘numerical’ system that determines a person’s credit rate and score. Credit scores generally rate anywhere from ‘300 to 850’ otherwise the scores are higher if a person has an outstanding credit rate. If you apply for a loan and the lenders are unable to find your credit file you are often viewed as a mishap. This means that you haven’t established a credit history and no one can really tell if you are in good or bad risk.
This is why it is important to establish credit at an early age. If you apply for department store cards, credit cards, gas cards or other items that offer you a credit, then you are on your way to establishing a credit history and your file will be on record. The problem with applying for credit cards or loans, or any type of credit, is that when we start out our parents are often co-signers. This means if we do not make payments our parents are obligated to repay the debts.
The truth is that when we apply for a job, apply for an apartment, or take out an insurance policy we are establishing credit. Your credit files are often stored in TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian. The law protects us to a degree when it comes to credit repair. To understand all the legalities, as well as how our credit file affects us is important to repairing our credit history.
Credit Bureaus are coordinated and monitored by the Federal Trade Commission beneath the requirements of the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and follows up with the State Laws. If you have credit files with inconsistencies the Fair Credit Reporting Act protects you in the sense that it requires the credit bureaus to delete or make the information obsolete on your credit file.
This protects you if you are a victim of Identity Theft, or any other false accusations made against you. The Credit Bureaus are required by the laws to list accuracies on credit files by gathering the appropriate information against you or on your behalf.
The laws protect you in the sense that it regulates the credit bureaus by only allowing them to list negative reports against you for a limited time. The laws also regulate who can see your credit files. If you are applying for a loan, license, public assistance, insurance, landlords, and courts can request your credit files without your consent.
However, if you are applying for a job under certain circumstances the employers will need a written authorization form from you. Utilities are under the law and these providers cannot deny you services even if you have bad credit.
As you can see there are a wide range of services that can check your credit file. The downside is each time your credit is checked points go on your files. The more points added to your credit file affects your credit so you want to be careful and only apply for what you need.
If you have bad credit and trying to repair your credit then you need to be sure to request copies of your credit files, understand your score on your files, and if you suspect you are a risk it is best to apply for loans or credit cards after you have cleared your credit report.
There are essentials to repairing your credit and building your history. It depends on your situation, but in most cases you can find a way out of any debt situation. Debt relief is a stressful situation. When times are hard the last thing we need is to add more stress to our lives. Therefore we want to start out by acknowledging the problems in front of us. Once we acknowledge the problem we can take the next step to find a resolve.
Now that we have some essential steps to repairing credit, we next want to review some of the options available to us. There are many steps we can take to eliminating debt. Repairing your credit means that you must learn the different scams on the marketplace to avoid complicating your situation and adding to your debts.
Telemarketers that claim to get you out of debt in three minutes are obviously scammers that are trying to make a buck. Anyone that tells you they can help you get out of debt and charge you are fee are basically a source of scammers.
The best solution then for getting out of debt is learning to rely on your self. Repairing credit has its good and bad essentials. The basic rule of thumb is to search a way that works best for your situation. Today we are going to take a look at some of the good basics in credit repair.
If you are in debt and own a home you probably have insurance coverage. If so you might be able to take an advance payment against your insurance. Life Insurance Coverage may offer a payback solution after you have paid in on the plan for a length of time.
It might be wise to check out your policy to see if there is some type of disbursement plan available. If you are able to get a lump sum be sure to payoff your debts rather than spending your money freely. You may even want to check into your Home Mortgage agreement and the insurance coverage available.
If you are suffering debt problems related to injuries or even suffer a Terminal Illness some policies will make payments on your mortgage until you are back on your feet again. If you are off work due to unemployed as no result of your own then you may be qualified on your insurance policy a coverage that makes your payments until you are back at work.
If you don’t have insurance coverage you might or you have insurance coverage that doesn’t offer this options you may want to check with your lender to find out if there is a refinance loan available to you that offers lower monthly installments and lower interest rates.
If you get into another loan you want to make sure that you are not paying more than you already are. If you decide to take out a refinance loan make sure that you are aware of the upfront fees that often are included in mortgage loans.
What about car payments?
Are you paying a fortune on your car each month?
If so there maybe an option that can get you some relief. You may be able to refinance your car, or else sell your car, making more money than what you owe on your loan. The extra cash can be spent toward a good used car. Sometimes used cars tend to last longer than newer cars and are less expensive to maintenance. Also, you could look into a repossession of the vehicle if your situation is out of hand. This will go against your credit report, but when there is no other solution sometimes we have to toss in the towel.
Finally, you can increase your income by selling valuable assets or else finding a job that pays more for your worth. Sometimes we work and are paid less than what we deserve, so if there is a solution available by all means jump on it.
Repairing credit has many essentials, but for the most part credit repair is just an illusion where many people do not take the step to repair.
Is your goal to repair your credit rating?
Then you might want to consider many factors before getting started on building your credit. Credit is good in many ways, and bad in some ways. Credit puts stress on us simply because we have to maintain a rating in order to get the respect we deserve.
We all have our own struggles in life and some us more so than others do. There are many reasons that a person’s credit is flawed. We often have to maintain a high degree of accuracy or else. Since, we do not like ‘for else’ then we have to constantly find a solution to keep our credit rating at a rate. The good qualities about credit are that it gives you a resolution when times are hard, and when you want to build credit.
To get started repairing your credit then you must search for various methods that can help restore your credit ratings. The first thing you are going to do is get copies of your credit reports. The disadvantage is you will need to pay for the reports unless you apply for a credit card or loan. Be sure to avoid applying for cards and loans since the more you apply the more it affects your credit ratings.
Once you apply for a loan or credit, the lenders will request copies of your credit report, which adds points to your credit score and it stays on your report for around 3 years. The more points you have, it takes away from your score, which is more important that your credit. Once you apply for a credit card or loan, then you have one advantage of getting all 3-credit reports free.
Today everyone is checking credit, so your score is always affected in one way or another. Nowadays nearly, every business will check your credit report, so if you are buying a car avoid allowing the sales reps to check your credit until you know this is what you want.
It is helpful to take an updated credit report, which most lenders will tell you “oh we can’t use that.”This is ok; tell the reps” you are not checking my credit until I know this is what I want to do.” The credit report can provide them an overview of what they are looking at.
With today’s society becoming more and more business oriented, establishing and maintaining good credit is vital if you plan to do any of the following:
1. Apply for employment
2. Rent an apartment
3. Open a bank account
4. Setup an account with public service or the telephone company
It used to be that establishing good credit was important only if you planned to buy a home or car, but not anymore. The simplest task, such as applying for employment could very much mean that you need a good credit.
Having bad credit could impede your ability to survive. This is sad to say, but it is a proven fact that people have been turned down top quality job positions just because of their credit rating despite the fact that that particular job could be exactly what a person needs to fix their credit. That’s a scary catch twenty-two don’t you think?
Ok, I’m caught in that scary catch twenty-two, what should I do?
Start by requesting a copy of your credit report in writing. You are entitled by Federal Law to receive a free annual credit report. There are three major credit-reporting agencies that you need to contact, you can run a search on the internet or find their information in a phone book. If you have already received a credit report for that year, you may also use any letter of credit denial by sending in a copy of that letter within 60 days of its receipt with your written request. Be sure to include a copy of your state issued ID, proof of your address and your last known addresses for the past 5 years. It is very important to include a copy of your social security card.
What does is mean to have good credit? Who cares who sees it?
Unbelievably, your credit report is public information to anybody where you are asking for a line of credit. Any time you apply for employment, an apartment, or attempt to make a big purchase, you are asking for credit and permitting the potential creditor to view your credit report. Although your credit report does not reveal a personality diagnose, it may just as well, considering it is through your credit report how others (potential creditors) will perceive what kind of person you are.
Businesses look into your credit report and determine by your ability to pay and follow through on your promises what kind of person you are.
Do you adhere to your promises?
Are you stable, do you follow through on payments?
If so, then you most likely are a good and reliable person. You may be worth giving a chance at that perfect job, or residing in that particular community.
What about good people with bad credit?
You may be a good person, you may even be the most considerate and compassionate person alive; however, if your credit report shows a late payment or no payment on an account at all, your entire being could be perceived as not reliable, unstable and untrustworthy. Prepare yourself to deal with a lot of paper work and phone time once you are ready to repair your credit.
What does this mean? How can I protect my reputation?
What this means is that it is time for you to fix your credit. Your income may be null or limited, that’s ok, there is still a way to save your personal reputation and open more doors of opportunity. Once you receive your credit report(s), contact the creditors listed and make payment arrangements, even if it is just $1-$5 a month. Doing this shows your willingness to get back on track, it show that you are putting effort towards establishing stability and responsibility.
Whom can I turn to for help?
There are many resources available to assist with credit repair, make use of your library or the internet. Most credit repair agencies offer free services, take advantage of their offers and assistance. Building your credit is more than being able to make a big purchase, it also means you are establishing your personal reputation and setting your survival foundation.
After you have requested your credit reports, you can move onto the next step. If you have any charges on your credit, report that appears suspicious be sure to contact the three credit bureaus immediately, petitioning the charges.
The claims against your report affect you, so you have the right to file a claim with the Fair Crediting Reporting Act (FCRA). In 1971, the US Congress passed a law to protect us against claims filed on our credit report that do not belong to us.
Take advantage of this law. Understanding the steps to credit repair is essential to get on the road to building credit. After you have disputed your credit reports errors, you will next want to wait at least six months before applying for a loan or credit card. After about six months, most credit bureaus remove the errors completely.
Be ware that sometimes you may have to argue with the bureaus, since in some cases they neglect to remove the errors. If you have, any delinquencies on your credit report be, sure to take care of them right away if possible. While you wait, the six months be sure that you continue paying your bills on time. If you do not have the money to pay the bill in full, be sure you make adequate payments on the bill to avoid bad credit reports.
If you intend to apply for a loan later, make sure that you meet all payments required of you. In addition, it is wise to keep an updated copy of your credit report on hand if possible. We are advised to monitor our credit reports regularly so that we know where we stand with our credit. If your goal is to repair your credit, taking the first step is the beginning of building a great credit score and rating.
Repairing your credit takes observation on your part. We often get two types of bills in the mail. Bills that are past due and bills that are up to date. The fact is ignoring your bills is only delaying and it does not help repair your credit.
If you have current bills and there are no overdue charges be sure to take care of these bills first, since by paying this will keep you out of the credit bureaus. It is important that you have a stable financial situation in order to get out of debt. If your job doesn’t pay enough to make ends meet, you might want to find a job that pays better wages.
This can help you get out of debt faster. Once you get your current bills taking care of you next want to focus on your late bills. If you haven’t reached the credit bureau yet, take care of the bill immediately. Working closely with the law, I can tell you that if you make even a small payment toward a bill it can save you from hitting the credit bureau. The fact is, if you are making any type of effort to payoff a bill it could keep you out of court.
The most important step to repairing credit is staying up to date on your bills if at all possible. If you feel that you can’t make a payment it is wise to make contact with the creditor letting them know there will be a delay on payment. Creditors often prefer that you call them to negotiate a payment scheme and sometimes creditors will even lower your monthly payments, or even your bill. The best solution then is observing, and making an effort to repair your credit.
Most of us have house payments, car loans, credit cards, and other types of loans, including utilities. There are two types of debts that consume our money, so to understand these debts is important to repairing your credit. Secured debts are any debts that have collateral attached. In other words your Mortgage is a secured loan that if you miss payment you might be living in the streets. Car loans are a guaranteed way of getting back on your feet again if you miss a couple of payments.
Therefore, car loans are secured, and it is your responsibility to make payments. Some Department Store Credit Cards are secured, in that they ask you to put up collateral if you miss payments on the merchandise purchased. Unsecured debts are utilities, rent, personal loans from family or friends, student loans, most major credit cards, and so on. This means that it is more important to payoff secure loans vs. unsecured loans. Secured loans again are house payments, car payments and so on.
You have more to loose by ignoring secured loans that what you have to loose ignoring unsecured debts. If you have a Mortgage and feel that you can’t make ends meet, you might want to check into some of the options available from your lenders. There might be a second home loan available that offers cash back or other great commodities that can help you to get out of debt and repair your credit.
Don’t wait until it is too late. If you are seeing a bad outlook but it isn’t so out of hand that you lost complete control, get up and take your control back. There are mortgages available that offer overpayments and underpayments.
This means you can over pay one month on your loan and underpay on your loan the follow month. Some of the loans even offer a vacation pay. If you don’t want to go on vacation you can use the money to pay your mortgage. These types of loans can often be paid sooner than other types of loans.
If you have credit cards, it might be wise to apply for a credit card that allows you to payoff other cards. There is always a solution to getting out of debt. Again, the most important tool for getting out of debt is to keep close watch over your bills, payoff any secure bill first, and work through each bill as you go.
Car Loans: If you are applying for a car loan, it is also important to research the marketplace carefully before agreeing to any terms & conditions. Make sure that your find the best deals affordable to you.
College Loans: College I learned a golden rule that applies to everyone. This rule is that most car dealers up the fees on cars 15%. This means if you negotiate with the dealer you can get a reduction on the vehicle up to 15%.
Credit Cards: Another word of advice is when applying for credit cards you want to sway away from cards that have fees attached and high interest rates. Avoid credit card offers that have upfront fees offer a high line of credit.
Student Loans: You also need to consider student loans. You may be qualified for a student grant from the government. This is the first place you want to start before committing your self to a loan agreement.
One of the best tools for repairing credit is to stop, think, and listen. If you are in debt, you need to stop and think about your situation and stay alert to the activities on your credit report.
We are going to examine disadvantages and advantages available to you as the debtor. Let’s take a look at what can happen when you have bad credit as well as what you can do to protect your self from the creditors and collection agencies. If you are obligated to pay child support, college tuitions, income tax, the IRS can take your money. This means each year that you miss payments are at default the IRS will deduct your entire tax refund to repay the debt.
The IRS is obligated to contact you before deducting any fees from your tax refunds. If you miss payments on Insurance Policies and you have conditions stipulated on that policy you may be at risk of loosing your property. If you have late bills on utilities, under law, (in most states) the utility providers cannot cut your heat during particular months stated in the law regardless of nonpayment’s. Most states are required to give you a written notice before they can disconnect your service.
This will give you time to find the funds to pay toward your utilities. Likewise, some insurance policies will allow you a grace period toward your insurance. Anytime you are allowed time it is time to stop, think and listen. If you take the time to review your bills and funds and come to the conclusion you do not have enough to pay the entire amount of the bill, you might get away with minimal balance temporarily.
Paying something toward your bill is better than avoiding your obligations. Another point you want to keep in mind is that when creditors write off a debt you may be required to pay taxes on the bill. Once a creditor writes off a debt it is sent to the IRS for review and if they choose to do so, you will still pay on that bill at the end of the year.
So the best bet is when you get the first letter in the mail asking you to pay your bill is to write the lender or creditor and explain your situation politely and ask for an extension on payments. The truth is most creditors that lend or extend you credit hope that you are a returning customer and only suffering temporarily.
If you can keep the creditors on your side this is your best solution for avoiding complications. Another suggestion is to send in minimal payments on current bills that are overdue. Your next bill will be steep but if you keep sending minimal payments until you are caught up, your name will not go in a credit bureau. If creditors recommend that you send payment immediately to avoid hassles, disregard the creditor.
The creditor is doing nothing more but adding more expense to your debt. If you have a bill and have money to make payment tell the creditor that you will send the money through regular mail immediately. Do not waste money on services that will charge you to send a bill.
If you contact the creditors and they simply deny you the opportunity to extend your debt or ask for proof of your situation, it is time to make contact with a Debt Counselor. The Debt Counselor will work on your behalf to resolve the issue.
Do not argue or use foul language when you are addressing your debts, since this will only add more problems. If you have a bill, more than the time allowed for pay it is important that you DO NOT contact the creditors or collection agencies.
This is only letting the agencies know that you realize you owe the debt. By acknowledging, the debt will open up a new debt. Collection agencies and creditors pose a threat to millions of people each day, so the key to solving the problem is finding a solution to the problem. Stop, think and listen before you act.