Some Pointers on Repairing Bad Credit

By: Liz Roberts

Bad credit loans and guaranteed approval loans abound in the market today. These loans are especially designed for people with bad credit. Since bad credit or a low credit score is unacceptable for standard loan lenders, some people are left with no choice but to apply for a bad credit loan. Although loan lenders grant approval despite a bad credit rating, these loans often come with high interest rates. If a applicant isn't careful, he or she may end up with a predatory lender.

For this reason, financial experts often advise consumers to try working on rebuilding their damaged credit first before seeking out a loan of any type. Although you may need to allow at least six months or more to see improvements on your credit score, the wait is often worth it as a higher score will give you more negotiating power as a borrower. Achieving a good credit score will enable you to get better rates as well as more convenient repayment terms. More importantly, you can be assured that your loan application will be approved.

In this article, let's talk about the things you can do to improve your bad credit. Is there such a thing as bad credit repair? What are the right steps to rebuilding credit?

What You Can Do to Repair Your Credit

If you've decided to work on improving your credit, stay away from credit repair agencies who may promise to give your credit "instant fix"or "instant repair". Some agencies may claim that they can easily "fix" your credit score just by making a few changes on your credit report. These are just lies. All they are doing is bombarding the credit bureaus with request to remove negative items from your credit report, HOPING they can get one or two items removed. What this tactic does do is flag your account with the credit bureaus and makes it harder to get any thing really done for you. Credit bureaus HATE this tactic since it waste a lot of their time and manpower responding to these letters. The only way you can improve your credit score is if you settle your debts with your creditors and if you maintain a good standing with your payments.

The first step you should do to rebuild your credit is to get a copy of your credit report. This way, you can clearly examine the status of your accounts with all your creditors. You can also check the accuracy of all information on your report. In case there are errors, you should write a letter to the credit bureaus and ask for these discrepancies to be corrected. Notify your creditors as well about these disputes. Always send communication between yourself and creditors or the credit bureaus via certified mail. DO NOT send a form letter you find on the internet. Write a letter on your own. Form letters are also a flag to credit bureaus that there maybe some kind of credit repair agency behind the letter and not the real consumer.

If you found your credit report to be accurate, then it's time to work on an effective repayment plan. It is important that you settle all your past due debts with your creditors. If you haven't tried talking with your creditors, now is the best time to do so. Negotiate well. Request that a new repayment term be extended for you so you can have an easier time paying your debts. If your creditor can see your willingness to pay, they will most likely work out a solution for you. Many lenders will settle for less than is owed depending on the age of the debt. Once you negotiate the amount also ask them if they will be willing to remove themselves completely from your credit report. Some companies will do this and some won't, but make sure that they change the listing to at least paid as agree. As always, get EVERYTHING in writing before you give them a penny.

The best way to free yourself from bad credit is to start repaying your debts. Don't incur new charges that can add more burdens to your credit problems. Consult a reputable credit counseling agency if you really need help in managing your finances. The steps you'll take in rebuilding your credit are the key to getting the best loans in the market.

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