Opening several credit accounts in a short amount of time can appear risky to lenders and negatively impact your credit score. Before you take out a loan or open a new credit card account, consider the effects it could have on your credit scores. Know too, that when you're buying a car or looking around for the best mortgage rates, your inquiries may be grouped and counted as only one inquiry for the purpose of adding information to your credit report. In many commonly-used scoring models, recent inquiries have greater effect than older inquiries, and they only appear on your credit report or a maximum of 25 months.
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Thank you for this. I have been building my credit back after Economy struggles and long term illness.  Today, I'm in a better position physically and materially. Most of my credit issues are resolved. However, I'm curious as to your next step once you resolved the medical bill situation.  Did you pay the creditor and subsequently write a letter to the credit bureaus? I have a $284 medical bill I can't recall not paying, but I would like to resolve the matter this year. 

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So, going back to why these “money gurus” shared in their books or TV shows that credit scores aren’t important. I don’t really know why they shared this misguided advice, I can only speculate. One theory is that they don’t trust the credit bureaus. They may feel it’s all a big racket which these bureaus getting paid by consumers to find out their credit scores, and also getting paid by creditors (financial institutions and credit/loan companies) as all creditors have to be a member of at least one credit bureau. Or maybe they believe the credit bureaus are in cahoots with lenders in a big scheme to get more consumers to borrow, pushing more consumers into debt which obviously isn’t good.
Take out a secured credit card from a credit union. With Most banks you will need 300-500 to start. After you receive your card charge $15-$20 at the most. When you get the bill in, pay it by or before the due. DO NOT PAY LATE!! Do this a few times and your credit should jump about 20-30 points. When your credit goes up to where you want, you can take out the money from your secure credit card. DO NOT CANCEL YOUR ACCOUNT OR YOU WILL LOSE YOUR CREDIT. (SHRED THE CARD INSTEAD) Hope this helps. God Bless 
My wife and I recently decided we wanted to buy a home better suited to starting a family and sell our townhouse (which she owned when we met). I didn't have the best, let's say, track record with financials in my past and my credit was abysmal. I hit rock bottom 2.5 years ago when my car ( a beautiful fully loaded Jeep) was reposed on Xmas eve morning. Even then, although angry and ashamed, I didn't do much to help myself out. My 20's, which were years of partying, spending and generally speaking not caring had finally caught up. I was 29. So, we got to work with fixing things. Paying off creditors, paying down debts, making on time payments, etc. When we had my credit run about 6 weeks ago, it was 588. This was much higher than the 410 I had a couple years ago, but still a far cry from good. (Side note here, be mindful of using credit cards that track your fico score, or having a credit bureau account that gives you your score. There are around 30 different scores that are used, and different scores are used for different types of inquires (auto loan is different than mortgage)). So we got to work, paid off the last couple things and really started paying attention to what was happening. One thing I can't stress enough is every year, you're allowed to get 3 free credit reports, 1 from each bureau. You MUST do this each year. This is where I found my credit windfall. I was able to uncover the fact that a debt that had been paid of was still being reported as open and late. I also found a debt that wasn't mine! A big one. $1700 showing open and late for 2 years with a collector. I filled a report with the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) and they started an investigation. The company that had this debt wrote me a letter saying that even though I had no proof that the debt wasn't mine, they would absolve it and would contact the 3 credit bureaus to have the reporting removed and cleared. At this point, I called my broker and said it's time to run the simulator. They ran it, and then performed what is called a Rapid Rescore. Some brokers charge for this; good ones don't. Since they are trying to get your business they will do it for free. If it's at cost, it's roughly $10 per item per report. If you have a lot of issues it can add up. Anyhow, they did the rescore, did the simulator, ran a hard inquiry and BOOM, 657.
We listen to you, evaluate your credit goals and review your current credit situation. We do this on a one-on-one basis and we do it for free. This is the most important part of the tradeline process and anyone who skips it cannot possibly have your best interest at heart. To get started, you can: Email [email protected], sign up online or call 800-431-4841.
Must be nice to have a parent who is able to do all that you have done for your daughter as far as putting her on YOUR credit cards as an authorized user. Most of us do not have that luxury. Maybe when Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders are President, eliminating student loan debt for most Americans vs "Putting student loans on an automatic payment schedule" again maybe easy for you but that is the problem, most Americans are just unable to make any payment. Your advice only helps the small few who are fortunate. 
There are many good reasons to know your credit score—it shows you where your credit stands at any one time and it’s a quick way to keep up with your credit health, among other benefits. Just know you’re not entitled to it free of charge at annualcreditreport.com. Whether you can get free scores somewhere else or how much you’d pay depends on the score, seller and a lot of other details.

That's very commendable of you to handle your daughter's financial problems that way.  I used to be employed as a loan officer in finance, but things have changed so much in the last 20-30 years.  I accomplished something very similar to her situation, but I started in the fair range on scoring.  I raised mine 204 points in less than 9 months.  Thanks for passing along this great advice and experience.


Help…….Had a Bk7 that’s 4 years old (kidney transplant) and 9 items that have reported late (2016) in the past. All have been current for the last several months though I’m needing to boost my scores (currently 600 across the board ) in the up coming months for mortgage processing. My oldest trade line on my credit is showing 16 years, how is this process completed moving forward?
Once you have your credit reports, read through them completely. If you have a long credit history, your credit reports might be several pages long. Try not to get overwhelmed by all the information you're reading. It's a lot to digest, especially if you're checking your credit report for the first time. Take your time and review your credit report over several days if you need to.
While the best credit repair company is the one you feel comfortable using, there are a lot of factors to consider when comparing. While things like fees and features may be more obvious, don’t forget to check the company’s status with the BBB and industry associations; if the company has a bad reputation among other companies, you should take the warning.
Fix any mistakes on your credit report – Perhaps the fastest way to increase your credit score is to identify any errors on your credit report and have them rectified. You’re entitled to pull your credit report (for free) from credit bureaus like Equifax or TransUnion and go through it to see if there are any mistakes that could be pulling your score down. If there are, fixing them can give you an immediate boost to your score.
But don't ignore a collection just because it's a small amount or listed as paid off. Such negative marks are actually quite serious and can significantly hinder your score. However, there's no need to jump up and down in a screaming fit of indignation if the credit reporting agencies listed the wrong employer for you or misspelled your middle name. Unfortunately, the scoring formula doesn't even consider those things. 

You grant CRA permission to collect fees as they become due unless you terminate this Agreement within 5 days. You may be charged a $25 fee if your payment to CRA for the services it has rendered to you is not honored. Additionally, you grant CRA permission to collect any past due fees after termination of the Agreement. You agree to pay CRA for all services performed consistent with this Agreement upon receipt of our invoice(s). All payments are due upon receipt of invoice following each deletion. All payments shall be made by debit card, credit card or other means agreeable to CRA consistent with the terms of this Agreement. In the event of late payment of default, you authorize CRA to use all lawful collection methods, including calling through the use of an automated dialer system and sending account to third party collections. You are responsible for attorney’s fees and costs incurred by CRA in all collections activities.
Keeping a high balance on your credit cards is not good practice. Maxing out your credit cards month-after-month and not paying them off can affect your score because credit bureaus compare how much credit you use to the amount of credit you have available. As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to keep your credit to less than 30% of your available credit. For example, if your card has a credit limit of $2,500 you should only be using $750 of that each month.
Concentrate on performance factors: Payment punctuality and credit use levels account for 65% of the scoring equation. That’s why, even if you change nothing else, being an on-time, low-spending Goody Two-shoes for a while will do wonders for your reputation. The blow to your score for any 30- or 60-day late payments in the past year will begin to diminish after you mail the cheque and rectify your wrong. Recovering from a 90-day late payment (a ding that can be as damaging to your score as bankruptcy) will take longer. But it will fade to black eventually, particularly if your more recent payment habits are pristine.

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You may already know TransUnion, Experian and Equifax are the three national credit bureaus to contact if you want to repair your credit. Simple enough. But knowing more about what they do, what they don’t do and what you can do makes it easier to navigate the credit reporting/credit repair system—which can save you time, money and aggravation. Here are 3 credit bureau facts you may not know, but should.
There are a lot of companies as well as random people on the net especially Craigslist that offer tradeline services. Since tradelines are one of the easy ways to improve credit score, anyone who has discovered them has the ability to offer them. After all, it only takes access to someone with credit cards that have good history, limits, and perfect payment histories.
Any account that shows on your credit report is a tradeline. This includes mortgages, student loans, auto loans, personal loans, credit cards, etc. At Boost Credit 101 we use Authorized User tradelines to boost credit scores. “Authorized User Tradelines” is a fancy way of saying “credit cards.” Any person who has a credit card has a certain number of AU spots they can add people to. When a person is added, the lender, be it Chase, Discover, TD Bank, and others, reports the data to the credit bureaus. The data being reported is the payment history, limit, and age. When this positive data is reported, the credit score goes up. Someone may ask, why don’t I just have a friend or family member add me to their cards? This is certainly possible, but this can do more harm than good, as the utilization may be high, which hurts the score, or they may have missed payments (even one negates the positive effect of the data). This is why it is smart to utilize a company like Boost Credit 101, as we have an inventory of cardholders nationwide who have contracts with us guaranteeing their cards have perfect history and remain below 10% utilization.
Tradelines can be used in situations where you have a few blemishes, such as late payments, foreclosures, collections. In these scenarios you will have to purchase several tradelines and enough time would have to pass to reduce the impact. It is always a great idea to know the credit requirements of your lender before you apply so that you do not end up wasting your time and money. If you talk to your lender and ask enough questions you will be able to find out what the requirements are and whether you will qualify or not.

I to am rebuilding my credit for the past 2-1/2 yrs and to get it past 750 and most recently got added as an authorized user on my moms' credit card (more for using the card in an emrgency on her behalf than rebuilding my credit) and would like to get a possible clarification- If my mom misses a payment or maxes out her credit limit on her card that im a authorized user on, will it impact my score (currently 730)?
By checking the box on our application form that states: "I UNDERSTAND BY CHECKING THIS BOX AND PROVIDING MY SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, I CERTIFY THAT I AM AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE, ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I HAVE RECEIVED AND READ THE LEGAL DISCLOSURES, FEDERAL DISCLOSURE, STATE DISCLOSURE, AND SERVICES AGREEMENT, AND GIVE MY ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE AND LIMITED POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR CREDIT RX AMERICA, ETAL TO PERFORM WORK ON MY BEHALF" you are representing and agreeing that you accept all terms and conditions as if you had physically provided your signature.
Some of your creditors and lenders might report only to one of the credit bureaus. And, since credit bureaus don’t typically share information, it’s possible to have different information on each of your reports. Ordering all three reports will give you a complete view of your credit history and let you repair your credit at all three bureaus instead of just one. 
If your debt feels overwhelming, it may be valuable to seek out the services of a reputable credit counseling service. Many are non-profit and charge small or no fees for their services. You can review more information on selecting the right reputable credit counselor for you from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. Credit counselors can help you develop a Debt Management Plan (or DMP) and can negotiate to reduce your monthly payments. In many cases, you'll be responsible for only one monthly payment to the credit counseling service, which will then disburse funds to all of the accounts you owe on.
Take out a secured credit card from a credit union. With Most banks you will need 300-500 to start. After you receive your card charge $15-$20 at the most. When you get the bill in, pay it by or before the due. DO NOT PAY LATE!! Do this a few times and your credit should jump about 20-30 points. When your credit goes up to where you want, you can take out the money from your secure credit card. DO NOT CANCEL YOUR ACCOUNT OR YOU WILL LOSE YOUR CREDIT. (SHRED THE CARD INSTEAD) Hope this helps. God Bless 
Step 2: Tell the creditor or other information provider, in writing, that you dispute an item. Include copies (NOT originals) of documents that support your position. Many providers specify an address for disputes. If the provider reports the item to a consumer reporting company, it must include a notice of your dispute. And if the information is found to be inaccurate, the provider may not report it again.
Whether it is your utility bill, rent or student loan payment, you should always pay your bills on time. Failing to pay your bill on time can hurt your credit. FICO scores are weighted more heavily by recent payments so you can "override" a past missed payment by developing a pattern of more recent on-time payments. Therefore, if you have a delinquent payment, pay off the balance. However, missing a payment altogether can stay on your credit report for seven years.
Do yourself a favor and save some money, too. Don’t believe these claims: they’re very likely signs of a scam. Indeed, attorneys at the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, say they’ve never seen a legitimate credit repair operation making those claims. The fact is there’s no quick fix for creditworthiness. You can improve your credit report legitimately, but it takes time, a conscious effort, and sticking to a personal debt repayment plan.
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