Second Chance Credit After Experiencing Bad Credit

by : MIKE SELVON



A lot of people give up, so to speak, when they feel like their credit is ruined. They don't feel like there is any point to trying to apply for things that they want because of their tarnished credit. However, gaining knowledge on what you are eligible will help you to achieve the things that you need without having to worry about credit issues.

Each creditor will set their own standards for deciding whether or not you are eligible to be approved, and their views on your credit history will vary. There are some that will only look at your record from recent years, and some will be more lenient with giving you credit if it appears that your payment history has steadily improved.

A good way to determine whether or not you will qualify with a company is to call the creditor directly and discuss their regulations with them. The worst that could happen is that you could be denied, and even though this may be an incredible blow to your ego, you will not be any worse off than before you made the phone call.

Many creditors are open to working out a repayment schedule. However, you should only consider this option if you are unable to work out a schedule for yourself but you feel like you can work under the deadlines of a creditor's budget. There will be no good result if you waste someone's time making them find the best option for you, and then fall behind on your payments again.

There are also credit organizations as well as non profit companies that are dedicated to helping people get on schedule with their payments, but try to research these companies before enlisting their help because they are not always trustworthy. You should also make sure that you learn about all of their fees upfront whether they are higher than average or hidden fees.

Also, just because a company is non-profit, it doesn't mean that you have to make a contribution. If you were in a position to give money away, you would not be requesting their help. If you are going to get help from a management company, make sure that you find one that will conduct their services in person as opposed to the Internet.

Bankruptcy is a word that frequently gets tossed around and too often people think that it is an easy way out of a bad situation. The truth is that it isn't. When you file for bankruptcy your financial life can be put on hold for as long as seven years.

When you declare bankruptcy you are telling your creditors that they will not be getting their money. This will place your goals of buying a car or a house further out of reach.

Back in October of 2006 an amendment in the bankruptcy laws had been put into place that made going for credit counseling mandatory within six months of filing. You might be better off going for the counseling and learn how to properly manage your credit rather than filing for bankruptcy.

The point is that a few mistakes on your credit may not ruin it forever. Don't give up and think that you will never be a homeowner, you will be forever uninsured, and you will always be riding the bus. You can choose to try and fix your mistakes, or you can simply inquire about the possibility that a creditor may look at your recent history, and forgive you.