A credit report is a powerful piece of paper. Lenders look at it closely when deciding whether or not to give you a loan. Insurance companies can use it to determine your rates or whether they will cover you at all. Employers can access it and use it as a factor in offering you a job or promotion. With that much significance placed on your credit report, it is absolutely essential that the information it contains paints you in a good light.
Repairing your credit yourself saves you money
According to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, consumers can dispute mistakes in their credit report for free. It can be a little time consuming to pull your report, document the error, type up a letter and send it in, so many people hire credit repair agencies to do the boring work for them. There is no real reason, other than the issue of time, to pour out money for work that you can easily do yourself.
There are no secret tricks to credit repair
Don’t be fooled into thinking that you don’t have the knowledge to clean up your credit report and that a credit repair agency knows a bunch of angles that have eluded you. Everything you need to know in order to fix errors on your credit report is readily available and there is nothing in the process that is required to be done by a third party or professional agency that specializes in credit repair.
Keep yourself from getting scammed
Don’t fall for the ads that claim an agency can erase bad credit from your report. The only thing by law that can be changed on a credit report is inaccurate information. If you have had a bankruptcy, the only thing that will legally remove it from your credit report is time.
Credit repair agencies charge anywhere from $400 to $2000 for their services and the reality is they are not doing anything that you can’t do for yourself. For $30 you can obtain a credit report that lists your history with all three credit bureaus. The rest of the investment in cleaning up your credit report is in the value of the time it requires.
How to Get the Best Interest Rate
Bad credit loans are in high demand. And if you do any research on “bad credit loan”, you’ll find plenty of advice on how to get the lowest interest rate. You’ll also find plenty of people willing to give you a bad credit loan, but you’d be making a mistake to accept it.
Unfortunately, most of what you’ll find approaches the problem from the wrong direction. The way to get the VERY best interest rate on a bad credit loan is usually overlooked or concealed altogether.
But before we continue, let’s digress briefly and look at how significantly the higher rate for a bad credit loan affects the borrower.
Let’s say you want to buy a house, but have bad credit. No matter how diligently you shop for a lender, you’re still be charged a higher interest rate for a bad credit loan than if you had good credit.
With good credit, you might get a mortgage loan at 6% interest. But a bad credit loan will cost you closer to 12%. Assuming you get a $100,000 mortgage over 30 years, the difference you’d pay in interest amounts to a monstrous $154,461.60 MORE because you have bad credit. That’s over 1½ times the loan itself!
Now getting back to our original problem, how can you get a better interest rate for a bad credit loan? The answer is probably not what you were expecting.
The solution is to “think outside the box.” The way to get a bad credit loan with the best interest rate is to NOT get one! Instead, spend a couple of months fixing your bad credit, and then look for a “good credit loan” instead.
This answer probably comes as something of a shock to you. More than likely, several objections to this approach will come to mind.
- “I need a loan NOW” or “It’s not worth my while to wait until I repair my credit.”
Oh really? Well, is it worth a savings of $150,000 or more? Granted you may not be looking for a $100,000 loan. But even if you want to borrow only $10,000 or so, the better rates you’ll enjoy with good credit will still save you several thousand dollars.
- “Fixing my credit will take too long, or it just isn’t possible.”
It’s often possible to make very a significant improvement in your credit rating in just a few months, and in some cases as little as 30 days.
- “I don’t know how to repair my credit and can’t afford to hire a credit repair agency”
For a fraction of the cost of a professional agency, you can purchase a good book on credit repair that will walk you through the whole process.
- “Do-it-yourself credit repair is too difficult” or “I don’t think I can repair my own credit”
Don’t be intimidated by the idea of fixing your own credit. If you can write a few letters, address, stamp, and mail them you can repair your own credit.
Your decision comes down to this; you have two choices.
- You can spend some time (maybe a LOT of time) shopping for a bad credit loan with the lowest possible rate, and still end up paying thousands (even tens of thousands) more in interest.
- You can spend some time fixing your credit and spend those thousands on your family’s needs, instead of paying them to your lender.
Do you really think your lender needs your hard earned money more than you and your family need it? Anybody can work on fixing their own credit. That’s right, anybody!
How To Restore Your Credit And Your Life
It is often difficult for us when we have bad credit and not knowing where to start to get back on our feet again is even more frustrating.
If you have bad credit, you might want to check into a few resources that can help you find a solution to your credit problem. Life does not have to be difficult and all of us make mistakes.
Bad credit is an obstacle and if you want to run you are about to get yourself into a situation that you do not really need. There is always a solution to most problems. The problem most times is some of us do not have the means to find solutions to our problems.
In this article, I am going to make it quick and to the point, helping you repair your credit through the process.
So the first step is to collect copies of your credit report from the major credit bureaus. Credit bureaus compile and sell information about consumers and are a principal source of information about your credit history.
You are entitled to receive a free copy of your credit report if you have been denied credit within the past 60 days. If you have not been denied credit within the past 60 days, you can order your credit report by paying a fee.
Next, review your credit report watching closely for errors (items that do not belong to you). Dispute any errors on your reports immediately with the credit bureaus. Any errors or inaccurate information will be deleted.
Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, all negative information seven years old or more must be deleted. Bankruptcy stay on credit report for up to 10 years or longer.
Once you dispute the negative information, you will receive a copy of your report from the credit bureau, showing the items that were removed and the items that were verified as accurate. The dispute method of removing negative information from your credit file can improve your credit rating.
The Internet offers credit report information, guides, and kits, which can lead you in the right direction to repairing credit. You might want to surf the Net for resources that can help you find a way out of bad credit.