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How Did Your Credit Score Today?

Keep Your Credit History Clean – Remove A Negative Credit Record From Your Credit Report.

It can make a difference of up to 18% in loan repayment costs.

For example, on a 30-year, $150,000 fixed rate mortgage, a borrower with the best credit score, 760-850, will pay 5.59%, or $860 per month, while someone in the worst score range will pay 7.18%, or $1,016 per month.

This can make a big difference to the household budget, so it’s to your advantage to keep your credit score as low as possible.
The 3 major credit bureaus, Experian, Equifax and Trans Union are similar and feature a “Credit Score”, which is derived from credit report information submitted to them about you.

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Uner the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, a credit scoring system may not use characteristics such as race, sex, marital status, national origin or religion as factors, though they are allowed to use age.

Credit scores are determined by your bill-paying history, the number and type type of accounts you have, late payments, collection actions, and outstanding debt. The total number of points reflects how likely you are, statistically-speaking, to pay back a loan.

If you are denied credit, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act forces the creditor to tell you the specific reasons your loan application was denied if you ask within 60 days. Acceptable reasons include high balances on charge cards, or bad employment history. Unacceptable reasons include vague excuses such as “You didn’t meet our minimum standards”.

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Sometimes you can be denied credit because of information on a credit report. The Fair Credit Reporting Act requires the creditor to give you the contact information of the credit report agency supplying the information.

The credit reporting agency can give you the information on your report, but only the lender can tell you why this led to your application being refused.

However your credit report may include inaccurate or incomplete information (credit records). Identity theft is a growing problem, and can take up to a year to resolve.

Nearly 10 million people fall victim to identity theft each year, costing consumers $5 billion and businesses $48 billion, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

In this situation you have to send letters to every one of the credit bureaus. Also learn your credit rights by familiarizing yourself with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FRCA).

The FCRA gives you the right to dispute inaccuracies and omissions, and it requires credit bureaus to investigate your complaint (generally in thirty days), send you a prompt response and correct any errors.

The law as well requires the source of inaccurate information (such as a bank) to correct the record at the credit bureaus to which it initially provided the erroneous information.

Consumers working on their credit reports say many times their letters are ignored by credit bureaus. Consumers say even with proof a credit record isn’t theirs, its removal from their credit report can take 3 or even 4 challenge letters, because the credit bureaus will have only corrected the facts in their own files and not updated the credit report.

Send your dispute letter by REGISTED MAIL. Credit companies will respond faster if they know you can prove you filed a complaint on a certain date. Keep a record of when you sent the dispute letters and what date you should expect a response.

If you have received no defense to your claim after thirty to thirty seven days, send another registered letter requesting an updated credit report and demanding the disputed credit record be deleted.

If the bureaus don’t reply in the thirty days, it must be that the information they had on file was either inaccurate or unverifiable. In either case, based on data from the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the credit record must be immediately deleted from your credit report.

A few consumers have eliminated negative marks on credit reports just by going through this process of disputing credit records many times. Since some creditors will not take the time to respond, you can sometimes win by default.

Usually a bit of progress will be made with each challenge.Remember, the credit bureau would like you to quit bothering them because if you are not disputing the credit report, they can legally carry on selling it as profitable information.

How Do You Establish A Credit History?

If you’re denied a loan or credit card because you have no credit history, consider establishing one. The best way is to apply for a small line of credit from your bank or a credit card from a local department store. Make sure you list your best financial references. Make payments regularly and make certain the creditor reports your credit history to a credit bureau.

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If your spouse dies

Under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), a creditor cannot automatically close or change the terms of a joint account solely because of the death of your spouse. A creditor may ask you to update your application or reapply. This can happen if the account was originally based on all or part of your spouse’s income and if the creditor has reason to believe your income alone cannot support the credit line.

After you submit a re-application, the creditor will determine whether to continue to extend you credit or change your credit limits. Your creditor must respond in writing within 30 days of receiving your application. During that time, you can continue to use your account with no new restrictions. If you’re application is rejected, you must be given specific reasons, or told of your right to get this information.

These protections also apply when you retire, reach age 62 or older, or change your name or marital status.

Kinds of accounts

It’s important to know what kind of credit accounts you have, especially if your spouse dies. There are two types of accounts – individual and joint. You can permit authorized persons to use either type.

An individual account is opened in one person’s name and is based only on that person’s income and assets.

If you’re concerned about your credit status if your spouse should die, you may want to try to open one or more individual accounts in your name. That way, your credit status won’t be affected.

When you’re applying for individual credit, ask the creditor to consider the credit history of accounts reported in your spouse’s or former spouse’s name, as well as those reported in your name. The creditor must consider this information if you can prove it reflects positively and accurately on your ability to manage credit. For example, you may be able to show through canceled checks that you made payments on an account, even though it’s listed in your spouse’s name only.

A joint account is opened in two people’s names, often a husband and wife, and is based on the income and assets of both or either person. Both people are responsible for the debt.

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Account “users”

If you open an individual account, you may authorize another person to use it. If you name your spouse as the authorized user, a creditor who reports the credit history to a credit bureau must report it in your spouse’s name as well as in yours (if the account was opened after June 1, 1977). A creditor also may report the credit history in the name of any other authorized user.

If you’re denied credit

The ECOA does not guarantee you’ll get credit. But if you’re denied credit, you have the right to know why. There may be an error or the computer system may not have evaluated all relevant information. In that case, you can ask the creditor to reconsider your application.

If you believe you’ve been discriminated against, you may want to write to the federal agency that regulates that particular creditor. Your complaint letter should state the facts. Send it, along with copies (NOT originals) of supporting documents. You also may want to contact an attorney. You have the right to sue a creditor who violates the ECOA.

 

How to Repair Your Credit and Buy a Home

There are three major consumer reporting agencies (CRAs), or credit bureaus, that mortgage companies use to assess a buyer’s credit rating: Experian, Equifax and Trans Union. Credit scores typically range from 300 to 850. For home loan purposes, a score of 650 or higher indicates a good credit history and will make it easy for you to secure a mortgage. If your score falls between 620 and 650, your borrowing capability will be examined more closely. And if you rate below 620, you may have a credit crisis.

When you’re in the market to buy a home and discover that you have bad credit and your score is low, don’t despair. Although it may delay the purchase of your home, there are ways to repair your bad credit rating so that you can still qualify for a home mortgage with a decent interest rate.

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To evaluate your credit rating you’ll need to obtain copies of your credit reports from the various agencies. Examine them carefully to see what transactions are lowering your score.

A special note about bankruptcies: A bankruptcy can lower your credit score by 200 points or more. Repairing bad credit following a bankruptcy is beyond the scope of this article.

Charge-Offs: Charge-offs appear on your credit report if a creditor has given up trying to collect from you and ends up writing off the amount you owe as a bad debt. Charge-offs are one of the main reasons why loan applicants are denied credit.

How to Repair It: If you have any charge-offs, contact those creditors immediately and make arrangements to pay off the old debt. After a few months of regular payments, or if you repay a charge-off debt in full, submit a written request to that creditor to change the status on your credit reports.

Late Payments: Late payments are handled slightly different depending on whether they are isolated incidents or recurring problems.

How to Repair It: If you have a single late payment here or there listed on your credit report, the best thing to do is contact your creditors by phone to discuss the situation. Follow the conversation with a written request to have the isolated late payments removed from your reports. If you’re consistently late with payments, however, repairing the problem is a little more involved. You’ll need to begin by setting a pattern of paying on time over several months. Once this positive pattern is established, call your creditors (and follow-up in writing) and let them know that you’re back on track. With persistence and patience, you may be able to delete these score-lowering marks.

Reporting Mistakes: Sometimes, creditors just make mistakes when reporting to the bureaus. Other mistakes might include charge disputes that resulted in an initial late payment that was eventually reversed. Unfortunately, it’s the individual’s responsibility to spot – and repair – reporting mistakes that lead to bad credit.

How to Repair It: Once again, contact your creditor by phone and follow up with a written request that the mistake be corrected. Because the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires that credit agencies and their information providers investigate reports of inaccuracies, you’ll also want to contact the CRA directly to report the discrepancy.

As you work on repairing your credit rating, there are other things you can do to improve your score:

• Make sure that you pay all of your monthly bills on time

• Avoid opening new credit card accounts, including department store cards

• Work toward paying down your unsecured debt, but keep accounts open even if you pay them off.

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• Pay cash for the things you need instead of charging them

If, after all your work, you still score below the 620 mark, it doesn’t mean that you won’t qualify for a home loan. It may mean, however, that your mortgage will take longer to process and the terms and interest rate may not be as good as you were hoping for. Talk to your real estate agent about referrals to high-risk lenders.

Repairing bad credit can take many months to a year or more. But when you’re ready to buy a home, you’ll be glad you took the time to improve your score – and your mortgage payment will be lower because of your efforts.

How To Repair A Bad Credit History

We all get into financially tight situations from time to time. Short term financial demands can catch anyone by surprise. It could be around the birth of a new child, medical expenses or just Christmas or birthdays. Whatever the reason, without care, financially tight situations can result in a bad credit history.

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It’s possible to get a bad credit history very easily. The credit reference agencies, Experian, Equifax and Transunion, maintain details on almost every adult in the country and they have a level of detail that for many is frightening.

As a matter of course the credit reference agencies have your personal details, your name, address and previous addresses, as well as credit information. If you have a mortgage they know about it. If you have any loans, credit cards or store cards they know about them and they know what payments you make.

If you rent your home the odds are they know. In fact they usually know the details of virtually all financial arrangements where there is any risk of a debt arising.

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If you’ve applied for loans, credit cards or many other purchases or financial arrangements they know you applied, even if the application was unsuccessful. They also know how much you borrow, your monthly repayments and if you are ever late with a payment – even if it’s by one day and caused by things outside your control!

How do they know? All the banks and financial institutions routinely tell them. The reason they tell them is that it is in their interest to do so. They know that by telling the credit reference agencies all the details an accurate picture of your financial position is created. A picture they can use the next time you apply for credit.

If you do miss a payment it will be recorded and that information stays on their records for 12 months! If you default that stays on for at least 3 years! Just missing a couple of payments can very easily mess up your credit score.

Once you have a bad credit history it can be a real nightmare. With a really bad credit history you are pretty much financially disabled from everything except transactions that can be covered with cash.

Finding an apartment to rent, trying to buy car, putting a down payment on a house, or applying for a credit card or a loan from a bank are all activities you are barred from with a bad credit history.

Banks, businesses and decent landlords can see a bad credit history a mile away and will avoid you like the plague. As a result all the steps that are supposed to build a good credit rating are no longer available. How can you break out of this credit catch-22 once you get stuck in it?

A good place to start is to contact a credit counselling service. Depending upon where you live there may be a free service you can use otherwise you may be forced to use a paid service. Paid or unpaid all these services do the same thing. They will conduct a complete financial assessment of your situation. It is imperative that you tell them everything, so don’t hold back any debts, they need to know.

If possible they will help you set a budget and find a way for you to repay the overdue payments, past debts or forgotten bills. This will involve you paying extra to cover the arrears. Even if this is possible it will not, on its own, immediately repair your credit rating as the details of the missed payments and bad debts will stay on the record for at least 12 months.

If you are unable to clear any overdue bills or payments the counselling service will then approach your creditors. They will seek to come to some arrangement which allows you to pay smaller amounts over a longer period. They will initially seek an informal arrangement with each creditor but they can also seek a formal arrangements where you pay an affordable amount, usually over 5 years.

So long as you keep up these reduced payments, and depending on type of arrangement and where you live, after 5 years the debt may be cleared and your credit score will improve. Any arrangements with creditors will be notified to the credit reference agencies and is normally help on file for 3 or 6 years.

A third option, and the quickest, is to take out a consolidation loan to pay off all your debts leaving just one lower payment to make each month. If you own your own home – either outright or on a mortgage – this loan can be secured on the property either as a mortgage/re-mortgage or a separate secured loan.

With property as collateral it is relatively easy to get additional funds as the lender will have the security of your home and if you fail to pay, sometimes only one or two missed monthly payments, they will go for repossession to get their money back.

Without collateral obtaining a debt consolidation loan is more difficult but not impossible. Without the security of a property however, you will normally pay a significantly higher interest rate.

If you clear all of your debts using a debt consolidation loan cut up any credit cards and close the accounts. Make sure you don’t fall into the same trap again.

So long as you make all the due payments and you are in control of the situation, many of the pressures will ease and, with hard work and self control, your bad credit history will become a thing of the past.

Credit Reports! When You’re Not Watching Your Credit, Who Is?

This may be old news, or this may be information that has just come to light for you, but your credit and consumer habits are being monitored, and unless you take some action to obtain the necessary credit reports, you more than likely don’t know if you’re credit worthy or not!

Requesting your credit report does one of two things; first it keeps you on top of what’s being reported about you and your financial habits. If you have missed previous monthly payments, have creditors and financial lenders hounding you for their funds, or you have the annoying collectors calling you everyday, then the odds are you will have all this reported at specific bureaus, such as Equifax and Transunion, to name a few.

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The second reason to check your personal report at these select bureau companies is because there is an increase in credit and identity fraud, and even though you have gone through most of your life with no problems, it only takes one occurrence where a credit thief steals your identity and/or credit information, and you then have to spend many months of painful damage control in trying to re-establish your credit rating and identity.

When I acquired my first credit score, I was amazed on how much detail was on that report. The day you sign-up for your first credit card, or sign for your first loan, your credit history is recorded on virtually every action you take. Again, many of you may already know this, but for the individuals that are new to this information, this is the time to research further, and really understand how credit bureaus create reporting information and your identity reports.

<b>When Is The Right Time To Obtain These Reports From The Variety Of Bureaus!</b>

Depending on whom you talk to, whether it’s your bank or any other financial institution you’re currently dealing with, most may say that you should check your personal history periodically and in some cases once a year. Even if you make your monthly payments on time, or pay off your debt in full, you would be surprised at how many times there can be a mistake or error placed on your report, and you wouldn’t even know it until you go to qualify for a personal loan, or possibly your first mortgage.

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Imagine when you decide to visit your bank as a first-time homeowner, you’re ready to sit down and negotiate a really good interest rate, and your mortgage agent turns to you and says that there are credit issues on your bureau report. Not only would this be a shock to you, but also it would probably make you feel really embarrassed finding this out through your financial institution.

You can avoid that embarrassment as you check bureaus regularly and have them provide you a written personal report on you to check for any inaccuracies. If you know that you have a less than accurate history, then these credit reports will give you a guideline where you can start to repair the damage that’s already done, and this way you can give your bank the head’s up and give yourself better negotiation leverage.

Now if you’re thinking that you don’t need to check for errors or discrepancies, because you don’t ever plan on getting a loan or mortgage in the future, then you should consider the other side of contacting Equifax and Transunion to obtain information to make sure you’re protected from credit theft.

This would apply to everyone, however, for individuals that do purchases in a variety of avenues including over the Internet, I would recommend that you verify and check frequently to make sure no one has obtained your identity. I know you may say that this could never happen to you, but if it did, wouldn’t you feel better that you caught it quickly to avoid major damage to your reputation and good credit that took you so many years to establish. In a matter of days, you can have your excellent rating damaged due to some thief that is currently using your identity!

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If you’re currently searching ways to obtain your report’s score, you can easily get a free credit bureau copy by either contacting the online bureaus, or checking locally to see if you have agencies that will do this service for free.

You should not have to pay money for your reports, and when you contact the bureaus directly, they will instruct you on what information is required to have your free reports sent to you in the mail. However, there are services online and in your local area that provide reporting and identity protection services, but I will go into more detail on those types of services in another article. In conclusion, if you’re so new at obtaining this necessary information, or you just don’t have the time, a paid service may be an option for you to consider, and we can touch on these topics another time.

How To Repair Credit

In this article, we will discuss why this credit repair is so important and how you can benefit from understanding the steps to repair your credit.

Credit repair is not easy all the time but there are answers offered to help us get out of debt. We all have payments and sometimes those payments are outrageous. Paying bills is constant and there is no break so the best potential answer then is requesting for help and working to pay back your debts.

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The changes in law are making it hard for consumers to repair their credit, yet some regulations to the law make it feasible to get all three of your credit reports for free. If you have a credit history of carelessness you want to get copies of your credit reports to ensure no false claims were made against you. If the creditors or bureaus file a false allegation on your credit report you might be entitled to sue the computers.

If there are false claims against you on your report the first phase is to file a dispute against the claims. This can postpone your payments and if you don’t owe the charge, it can free you from the debt once the bureaus find that you are not liable. It is imperative that you get in touch with the bureaus immediately if you become aware of any claims made against you that you deem are not your responsibility. Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian all have a dispute hot-line on hand.

Disputing is a move in the right direction for fixing your credit. Most information on your credit report is from credit card companies, utility providers, banks, judgments, and so on. Your information normally stays on your credit report no less than seven years. Positive results regularly reside on your credit report for about ten years. Tax liens regularly reside on your credit report for approximately 15 years and bankruptcies regularly reside on your credit report for ten years.

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In the introduction, you learned a little about how credit repair can be beneficial to you. The article will continue explaining the need to dispute claims that are erroneous on your credit report.

If you have some debts on your credit report that don’t belong to you, it is smart to file a dispute as soon as you can. The bureaus will look into the accusations made against you and if they find it is wrong then they will take away the claims. If the information on your credit report has no resolution then the companies will regularly delete or alter the claims against you. This is why it is imperative to keep track of your credit report.

You can also look at your credit score from the credit reports and obtain facts on how your score is affected. If you see that there are claims against you that is your responsibility and can not appear to come across a solution, it is smart to get informed. If you think credit repair companies that say they can take away items from your credit report and reduce your monthly bills, then you are misled. Nearly all of the companies are regulated by the law. This means the government has cause to think that the companies may deceive their consumers. Thus, most of the companies that say they can get you out of debt in little or no time are regularly waiting to take money from your pocket, while putting you at danger of loosing your assets.

If you want help or assistance with your credit then it is smart to go to sources that present counseling at the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. The representatives are well trained in assisting consumers obtain a solution to take away debt. They will also help get the creditors off your back. It is imperative to know your rights if you are in debt and look for a solution to repair your credit.

Building credit that has been affected is hard in a lot of cases but never impossible. Millions around the world in the past has had some financial modification that affected them negatively. For that reason, you are not by yourself and there are many that are conscious of this fact. The Consumer Response Center is a wonderful source for discovering information about your rights. In some cases, some of us have additional rights than others. Victims of Identity Theft or Military Personnel that have been robbed of their identity have additional rights than people negligent of paying on time. Recognizing what is accessible to you is the first phase to repairing your credit and becoming back on track.

Having the steps for credit repair information handy will help you a great deal the next time you find yourself in need of credit repair.

How Did Your Credit Score Today?

Keep Your Credit History Clean – Remove A Negative Credit Record From Your Credit Report.

It can make a difference of up to 18% in loan repayment costs.

For example, on a 30-year, $150,000 fixed rate mortgage, a borrower with the best credit score, 760-850, will pay 5.59%, or $860 per month, while someone in the worst score range will pay 7.18%, or $1,016 per month.

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This can make a big difference to the household budget, so it’s to your advantage to keep your credit score as low as possible.
The 3 major credit bureaus, Experian, Equifax and Trans Union are similar and feature a “Credit Score”, which is derived from credit report information submitted to them about you.

Uner the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, a credit scoring system may not use characteristics such as race, sex, marital status, national origin or religion as factors, though they are allowed to use age.

Credit scores are determined by your bill-paying history, the number and type type of accounts you have, late payments, collection actions, and outstanding debt. The total number of points reflects how likely you are, statistically-speaking, to pay back a loan.

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If you are denied credit, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act forces the creditor to tell you the specific reasons your loan application was denied if you ask within 60 days. Acceptable reasons include high balances on charge cards, or bad employment history. Unacceptable reasons include vague excuses such as “You didn’t meet our minimum standards”.

Sometimes you can be denied credit because of information on a credit report. The Fair Credit Reporting Act requires the creditor to give you the contact information of the credit report agency supplying the information.

The credit reporting agency can give you the information on your report, but only the lender can tell you why this led to your application being refused.

However your credit report may include inaccurate or incomplete information (credit records). Identity theft is a growing problem, and can take up to a year to resolve.

Nearly 10 million people fall victim to identity theft each year, costing consumers $5 billion and businesses $48 billion, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

In this situation you have to send letters to every one of the credit bureaus. Also learn your credit rights by familiarizing yourself with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FRCA).

The FCRA gives you the right to dispute inaccuracies and omissions, and it requires credit bureaus to investigate your complaint (generally in thirty days), send you a prompt response and correct any errors.

The law as well requires the source of inaccurate information (such as a bank) to correct the record at the credit bureaus to which it initially provided the erroneous information.

Consumers working on their credit reports say many times their letters are ignored by credit bureaus. Consumers say even with proof a credit record isn’t theirs, its removal from their credit report can take 3 or even 4 challenge letters, because the credit bureaus will have only corrected the facts in their own files and not updated the credit report.

Send your dispute letter by REGISTED MAIL. Credit companies will respond faster if they know you can prove you filed a complaint on a certain date. Keep a record of when you sent the dispute letters and what date you should expect a response.

If you have received no defense to your claim after thirty to thirty seven days, send another registered letter requesting an updated credit report and demanding the disputed credit record be deleted.

If the bureaus don’t reply in the thirty days, it must be that the information they had on file was either inaccurate or unverifiable. In either case, based on data from the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the credit record must be immediately deleted from your credit report.

A few consumers have eliminated negative marks on credit reports just by going through this process of disputing credit records many times. Since some creditors will not take the time to respond, you can sometimes win by default.

Usually a bit of progress will be made with each challenge.Remember, the credit bureau would like you to quit bothering them because if you are not disputing the credit report, they can legally carry on selling it as profitable information.

How A Bad Credit Report Affects Your Life

A low credit rating or bad credit report can negatively affect virtually every aspect of your life. Whether you are consistently late on your mortgage or utility bills or you are over your limit on your credit cards, bad credit can make purchasing on credit virtually impossible, and it can limit your lifestyle in many different ways. Though over time you can recover from a bad report, there are still many aspects of your life that can suffer from poor financial management and low credit scores.images (3)

For instance, if you are planning to purchase a new or used car, it may be virtually impossible to secure a financing loan if you have a low credit report rating. Even if you can obtain a loan, you interest rate may be up to one hundred percent higher than it would if you had excellent credit. Rather than paying six or seven percent interest, you could end up with a fifteen or sixteen percent interest rate. Having bad credit can cost you thousands of dollars over the course of paying back your car loan. Not only will you not be able to get that new car you want, but you will also end up paying much more for the old car that you have to choose instead.

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If you are interested in purchasing your own home, you will have to take out a mortgage. If you have perfect credit, you can secure a low interest rate of around five percent or even less. This will make your monthly payments rather low. However, if you have bad credit, you might only be able to secure a loan that charges nine or ten percent interest, making your monthly payments much higher, and costing your thousands upon thousands of dollars over time.

Credit card debt is one of the causes of poor credit, and it is also one of the ways poor credit can cost you the most. If you have several thousand dollars in credit card debt, and you are paying up to twenty percent in interest, it will be virtually impossible for you to ever pay off your debt within your lifetime. One the other hand, if you have excellent credit, you may be charged rates as low as eight percent, or possibly even lower still.

Poor credit report ratings can affect not only your loan and credit card situations, but they can also affect your car insurance premiums! Though it seems unfair, automobile insurance companies sometimes consider people with bad credit as high-risk drivers. Having poor credit can cost your hundreds of dollars per year in car insurance premiums.

If you are renter rather than a homeowner, some landlords and property management companies run credit checks before allowing you to rent from them. If your credit report shows a low score, you can be denied housing. If you do end up being able to rent, you might not be able to turn on utilities in your name, especially if you have been negligent in paying your bills in the past.

Bad credit report ratings can affect virtually every aspect of your life, from your car to your house to your insurance premiums. Because of this, it can certainly also affect your health. Financial worries are a leading cause of personal and relationship stress, and this stress can lead to mental and physical health problems. There are many consumer credit counseling services that can help you gain control of your finances and get you on the right track toward good credit. Many of these companies are non-profits with their sole purposes of existing being to help people get back their financial and mental health.

Credit Card Common Mistakes – The Top Ten

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In no particular order, the following are viewed as being the top 10 common credit card mistakes:

1. Applying for a card and limit you cannot afford to repay

Most people have bad debt management skills and are swept away with the fact that they have ‘x’ amount of pounds as their limit. They rarely consider paying the card and have “maxed” the card out in a few months. They then spend years trying to repay the card!

2. Applying for too many cards

Not content with having one credit card that has reached its limit, most of us jump at the chance to apply for a new card as soon as it is offered to us. Then, having learnt nothing from our previous experience, we rush and buy all the things we couldn’t because we had to save money to repay the first card. Suddenly we have twice the trouble!

3. Using the cash advance function

At least with purchases made for goods and services we should get around 50 days interest free credit, but with a cash advance we start to pay interest from Day 1. Using your credit card to cover your day-to-day cash needs is a very costly mistake!

4. Only paying the minimum repayment

Credit card companies love us and it has to be their favorite of the common credit card mistakes, but with credit card interest rates as high as they are, if you are only making the minimum monthly repayment then you should know it’ll take you years to repay the debt and you’ll have repaid the debt many times over in interest payments!

5. Maxing out the card

Another common mistake and one that half the country is at fault of is maxing the card out. If you have maxed your credit card out it’s a sure sign that you are living beyond your means, so what hope have you got of repaying the debt without a radical overhaul of your debt management skills!

6. Late payments

Late payments subject you to extortionate interest rates and set fees, very profitable for the credit card company and a very unfortunate mistake for you to be making!

7. Not checking your statement

A common error when we start to feel the pressure of a debt burden is to start to ignore the fact that the debt exists in the first place. If this happens, the chances are the fees and charges will start to accrue and the next thing you know you are not making the minimum repayments. Suddenly you are the subject of more fees and charges. And so the cycle goes on!

8. Adding a secondary user

Although some may not consider this a mistake, if you add a secondary user to your credit card account you’ve suddenly lost control over the spending on your card – no matter who the person is. Now bills can rack up on your account without your normal controlling self, as they are being transacted by a third party (who you authorise). A credit card company’s dream.

9. Using your card overseas

For every overseas purchase you make you could be subject to fee and a lousy exchange rate. So, even if you are the perfect credit card customer and pay your bill in full and on time, suddenly the card issuer is making money out of you!

10. Not reading the credit card agreement

In your haste to get a credit card you have not read the terms and conditions of the agreement and so you are not aware that if you act in a certain way or do something you should not, then you are likely to be paying for it. But the real reason why this is on of the common credit card mistakes that issuers love to see is because if you don’t read the agreement carefully they can charge you for additionals you may have been able to opt out of – such as credit card insurance (a big earner for card issuers!).reliant-credit-repair

How to Avoid Bad Credit

Bad credit loans seem to be a hot topic these days. In fact, if you need a bad credit loan, you’re likely to find an overabundance of information.

See if this sounds familiar. You need a loan. Maybe you want to buy a car, enroll in college, or take out a home improvement loan. Or perhaps you’re a first time home buyer and you’re looking for a mortgage. The problem is, you’ve got a bad credit history, and you’re afraid you won’t be able to find a lender.

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But then you do a little research on bad credit loans and find that, lo and behold, there ARE loans for people with bad credit available! In fact, EVERYONE wants to give you a loan. Loans for cars, mortgage loans, student loans, personal loans, loans for just about anything you want. Not only loans, but credit cards too. Why, who would have ever thought is would be so easy to get a loan when your credit history is so dismal?

So, that’s great news, right? RIGHT?

Let’s just stop for a moment. Ask yourself “Why is everyone so eager to extend credit to me when my credit history is so bad?”

The question can be answered in two words — HIGH RATES. Sure, you can get a bad credit loan easily enough. But you’ll “pay through the nose” when it comes to the interest rate.

So “What’s the ‘big deal’ about paying a little higher rate?” you ask. Let’s look at a few figures.

Suppose you want to buy a car. After looking long and hard, you find the “perfect” car for $20,000. So you apply for a car loan and get a loan with no trouble, but because of your poor credit, you have to pay 20% interest. On a 60 month loan, your monthly payments will be $529.88.

Now if your credit were very good, you might have gotten the same 60 month loan at an interest rate as low as 10%, with monthly payments of $424.94.

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The bottom line is, over the life of the loan you’ll have paid an additional $6,296.40 in interest that you would NOT have paid if you had you gotten the loan at 10% interest. Your bad credit loan will have cost you $6,296 more FOR THE SAME CAR!

But if you think that’s bad, take a look at a home mortgage loan.

Suppose you want to buy a $100,000 home and you’re just thrilled to find a lender willing to give you a 30 year loan in spite of your bad credit. He’ll charge you 12% interest, and your monthly payment will be $1,028.61.

If your credit had not been so bad, you could have gotten the loan for a rate closer to 9%. If your credit had been very good, you might have been charged only 6% interest and your monthly payment would have been $599.55.

The bottom line? That bad credit loan will have cost you (over the 30 year term) a staggering $154,461.60 MORE than you would have paid had you gotten a loan at the 6% rate.

No, this is NOT a typo. Your lender will pocket $154,461.60 in additional interest payments because you were charged a higher rate for a bad credit loan. That’s over 1 ½ times the cost of the house itself!

So why did he charge you the higher rate? Because he knows he can get it! After all, he’s got you “over a barrel.” He knows (and you know) that you need a loan, but because of your bad credit no one’s going to give you one at a low interest rate.

Do you see now why people are so eager to lend you money in spite of your bad credit? In fact, credit reporting companies make a fortune selling lenders the names of people who have bad credit. Those lenders know they can charge them high rates, and that if they need credit, they have no choice but to pay them.

So what’s the solution? You may be thinking “What choice do I have anyway? My credit is bad, I need a loan to get a house (or car, college education, or whatever) and there’s just nothing I can do about it except find a lender willing to give me a loan at whatever interest rate I can get!”

But consider for a moment whether you might be looking at the situation from a completely wrong angle. Rather than resign yourself to the situation, you should be thinking about repairing your credit.

Now if you just found the house of your dreams, you may have no choice but to act now before someone else buys it. But if you can wait a couple of months, it’s highly likely you can make some major improvement in your credit score and THEN look for a loan.

Maybe this isn’t what you wanted to hear. After all, you’re looking for a loan, NOT credit repair advice. But wouldn’t it be worth it to postpone getting that house or that car if it would save you thousands, tens of thousands, or maybe even $150,000.00 or more over the long haul?

If you’re thinking your bad credit history is something you’re just stuck with, or that it will take years to improve, you’re mistaken. It’s often possible to make major improvements in your credit rating in just a few months, and in some cases in as little as 30 days!

It’s not that difficult either. You basically have 2 options. You can hire a “Credit Repair Agency” or you can take the “do it yourself” approach.

If you decide to hire an agency, you can easily find one in your phone book or online. Just look for “credit repair.” However, it won’t be cheap. Agencies usually charge from $2,500 to $5,000 or more to repair your credit. But that’s still a bargain compared to how much you’ll be saving in the long run.

But if you think only a professional agency can fix your credit, think again! In spite of their high fees, they won’t do anything for you that you can’t easily do for yourself. If you can write a few letters, address, stamp, and mail them you can repair your own credit.

If you choose the “do it yourself” route (recommended) you can learn how by doing some online research. Unfortunately, along with all the good information you’ll find some misinformation as well. A better option is to find an authoritative book on credit repair and follow the advice therein.

In conclusion, you should seriously consider postponing your search for a bad credit loan. First spend a couple of months improving your credit rating. Then you can abandon the search altogether, and begin looking for a GOOD credit loan!

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