Despite popular belief raising your credit score isn’t a difficult process. Any good credit report will walk you through the process step-by-step. The foundation of the entire process consists of a series of dispute letters. Obviously, I cannot cover all aspects in this article. I will, however, give you the main bullet points to get you started.
Your goal is to obtain a credit score of at least 700 points. Although I recommend shooting for 720 points. Once you have reached this range, you will have unlimited buying power.
Before you can do anything, you must first get a copy of your credit reports. Review the reports and dispute any errors that you find. I recommend using thecreditpeople.com. It is extremely advisable that you gather any proof that you have that will support your claims.
When mailing off your letters of dispute make sure that you mail them certified mail. The important thing to keep in mind at this point is that this is the start of your paper trail. This is step two of the credit repair process. This is how you will raise your credit score and clean your credit report.
The key element here is not repeating the same old bad habits that destroyed your score in the first place. For example, you should always pay your bills on time. If foresee a problem you should contact your creditors and let them know immediately.
No one ever sets out to have bad credit. In fact, I’m sure pretty much everyone would love to have a 780 credit score! The reality is that recent economic times have caused millions of families to struggle financially. As a result, a low credit score is becoming more and more common. in case your credit score is less than what you would like it to be, here are some strategies that you can use to improve your credit situation!
The three credit agencies will send each person a free report every year if requested. To request this, you can fill out a downloadable form and send it in, request it by phone or go online and request it which is the simplest method to get your one-time report. Get one at AnnualCreditReport online, and fill out the easy online request. You will not receive your score, though.
Clear Up Errors
The first thing that you will want to do is clear up any legitimate errors in your credit report. You will need to get a copy of all three of your credit reports and take the time to review them thoroughly. Make sure that your personal information is all correct. Other things to look for include:
- • Credit Card Limits
- • Accounts reporting as paid late that you believe paid on time
- • Accounts that are not yours
- • Accounts which have had no activity in the last seven years
- • Charge – Offs that were paid in full that still show a balance.
Once you have found errors, you will need to contact each of the three credit bureaus individually. For best results, send a letter to them via certified mail.
Pay for Delete
If you have a collection account with a balance and have the ability to pay it off in full, chances are you can get the account completely removed from your credit file. Contact the lender in person and see if you can get a letter from them for pay for delete agreement. The letter should state that once they receive a payment of X (whatever they say you owe), then they agree to remove the account completely from your credit history.
If you have a collection agency that is hounding you, (not to mention reporting to the credit bureaus) you may be able to use debt validation to make them go away! With this strategy, you require that the company prove to you that you owe THEM the money that they say you do. You should request a copy of your contract, a complete accounting and well as documentation that shows they now own this debt.
As I stated earlier, you should start the process with a good credit repair kit. There are a ton of them out there. I also stated that it would be impossible for me to give you every little step in one article. I did, however, supply you with a few major key points. If you follow those key points, you will see a dramatic increase in your credit score.