Credit Repair: Repairing Your Credit Score

By: Chane Steiner

When your credit score drops too low, it can be a true nightmare. Let's learn some techniques to repair your credit score!

Technique #1: Get yourself educated about your credit score.

Many people erroneously assume that their credit score is as it should be. They don't check it often enough. That's because they don't understand that fluctuation is a very natural happening in the credit score realm. Not only can your credit score increase rapidly, it's known that over 79% of all credit reports contain at least a small amount of erroneous information. If you do not dispute this information, it will keep reappearing every time that a potential lender checks your credit. You could be being held down and not even know why! Request the free copies that you are entitled to receive from Experian, Equifax and TransUnion.

Technique #2: Dispute negative items that show up on your credit reports.

If you desire to repair your credit score, then you must do this.

It is the most powerful technique to make rapid improvements to your score. The credit bureaus must verify the information or remove the item from your credit report. If the verification does not happen within 30 to 45 days, it has to be removed immediately. It's your right as a consumer.

Also, there are statutes of limitations for all debts (except student loans and child support). After 7 to 10 years, negative items should fall off of your credit report automatically, but some just don't. Exercise your right to have these negative items removed or continue to suffer.

Technique #3: Pay your bills on time; every time.

Late or missed payments are the single most powerful factor in determining your credit score. Do not bite off more than can chew it comes to extending yourself credit. If you do, you may find yourself without the ability to obtain credit when you really need it.

Technique #4: Pay down or pay off your credit card balances.

This is the second largest factor of credit scoring. If you want to repair your credit score, then you need to pay your cards down to no more than 30% of their maximum values. The system that dictates your scores weight the difference between credit balances and credit limits. The larger the difference, the more you repair your credit score. Get it?

You can raise your credit score with objective and a little discipline. You don't have to continue to be held back in life. Repairing your credit score is as simple as tearing it down - just a little different twist involved!

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