Fee of $99.00 per (Standard) item updated or deleted from each credit (bureau) file (or $89.00 if you sign up with your spouse and work on both of your credit files at the same time). Standard items include (Inaccurate, untimely, unverifiable): Collections, Charge-offs, Repossessions, Medical Bills, Late Pays, Foreclosures, Bankruptcies, and Judgments. Fee(s) are earned as each delete occurs.
Deal with collection accounts: In a strange karmic twist, paying off debts that have been sent to collections won’t improve your score much (the biggest hit comes earlier from the “charged-off debt” designation), with one exception: if the payment lowers your outstanding debt. Try negotiating with the collection agency (in writing) to have them mark the account as “paid as agreed” or remove the notation from your credit repot entirely.
It’s suggested that you request a credit line increase about once every 6-12 months. Why? It helps with your credit utilization ratio, which helps your credit score. Your credit utilization ratio is the amount of debt you have divided by the total amount of credit you’ve been extended. Sign into your credit card account online to see if a credit limit request is waiting for you, or call the number on the back of your card to learn more about your options. The suggested utilization ratio is 30% or less on each individual account and all accounts combined.
In Canada, credit scores range from anywhere between 300 (for those who are just getting started and are building their credit from the ground up) to 900 points, which is the highest credit score that can be attained. That said, anything over a score of 650 should qualify borrowers for typical loans, while a score under this mark will likely make it more difficult to get approved for a loan.
Enoch Omololu is a personal finance enthusiast and a veterinarian. He has a master's degree in Finance and Investment Management from the University of Aberdeen Business School and has a passion for helping others win with their finances. His writing has been featured or quoted in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, MSN Money, Financial Post, The Motley Fool and many other personal finance publications. Read more...
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How fast you’re able to increase your credit score depends on why it’s the number that it currently is. For instance, if you’re just starting to build credit after not having any at all, you can raise your credit score rather quickly by just using credit and making payments on time and in full every month. As you add more credit cards and don’t use them – or only make small charges with them – your total debt compared to the amount of available credit lowers, thereby increasing your credit score.
You can also open a totally new credit card to divert some spending as well. Again, remember the credit inquiry — and be sure your card can handle it. In most cases, the small hit should be more than mitigated by the newly available credit, but if you’ve been applying for a lot of credit lately or you risk being rejected for the new credit line, you’ll want to tread carefully.
Each of the 3 credit bureaus produces their own, separate credit report and their own separate credit score. That means one bureau’s report or score may not look like another’s report or score, especially since some creditors may report information to one or more bureaus at different times. This is why you have to contact all three credit bureaus when you are repairing your credit.
Even if the debt has passed the SOL in your state for suit (variable by state) and even the federal SOL for reporting (roughly 7 years from when the debt discharged) a collector may still pursue you for this money if you owe it. They will just never be able to collect it or report it if you don't allow them to, although they will certainly try and hope you are ignorant enough of the law that they get money from you.
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.
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Even if the bank underwriter chose to violate the law and ignore the existence of the AU tradelines in your credit report, it is nearly impossible for them to physically change your credit score. Obviously, nearly every loan approval is based on the credit score. Therefore, you should still be in a good position to receive a loan approval. Just be sure the rest of your application meets the underwriting requirements (income, job history, etc).
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When I first started my personal finance journey over 7 years ago, one piece of advice I found a lot of “money gurus” shared was that it wasn’t important to know your credit score. Instead, what was more important was to check your credit report. To be fair, that’s not bad advice per se. Your credit report is important to check at least once annually (I’ll dive into that a bit more shortly). Still, I found it odd that they were essentially saying “Don’t worry about that, it’s not important” when in actual fact knowing your credit scores and understanding how they work is important!
Finally, you may wonder why we didn’t mention the time-honored tactic of piggybacking on someone else’s already established good credit as an authorized user or joint account holder. That’s because the suits pulled the plug on this strategy after some businesses began using it in nefarious ways. In other words, the bad guys ruined it for all of us. Still, even though you’re on your own, following the rules above should have you earning your gold star all by yourself in no time.
Thanks to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, you have the legal right to dispute errors on your credit report. Unlike reporting tradelines to credit bureaus, which only an approved reporting agency can do, you can contact credit bureaus directly to fix any errors or incomplete information. The Federal Trade Commission has sample letters you can use to dispute incorrect information, and they also make recommendations on how to make sure your request is received and addressed by the bureaus.
I’d like to share my story too. Just a few weeks ago i was homeless, i was jilted by my online lover. and he had robbed me of everything i had. By the time i realized i was being played, my credit score was already 458 , i had an eviction on my report and a large debt on my credit. I was on my way to the little corner behind the store where i normally sleep when i saw a fellow homeless person who i met some days ago and he was looking so changed and successful. I immediately began to beg him to tell me how he made it so fast and because i had told him my story when we previously met, he understood my problem and gave me the contact of the hacker that helped him. i contacted the programmer (ex FICO and Experian agent) and he fixed my credit, remove bankruptcy permanetly , collection, raised my credit score and cleared all negative listings on my credit in less than 9 days. I would have kept quiet about this, but i won't be able to forgive myself for not helping people who are in terrible conditions like i was.'' besthacker0509 @ gmail . com '' is the programmer's email address. I wish you good-luck. Y’all can thank me later.
When you purchase a seasoned authorized user primary tradeline from ustradelines.com we guarantee that the seasoned authorized user primary tradeline will post to your credit report or we will refund the cost of the seasoned authorized user primary tradeline you purchased. One of the most frustrating things when you are trying to repair your credit is to purchase a seasoned authorized user primary tradeline and find out later that the authorized user tradeline that you expected to post to your credit report did not show up.
Tradelines for sale on credit reports: Once you’re added to the tradeline and that we’ve confirmed the reporting, you will be removed. Now, the tradeline listing in your credit report will remain for a very long time. We have no control over this duration. Neither does the cardholder. Neither does the bank. It can last for many, many years. However, we wrote an entire blog post on this specific topic, which you can read here.
Someone with a credit score of 550 might be charged an interest rate that’s three to four percentage points higher than someone who scores over 750. That could translate into paying several thousand more dollars in interest for a $20,000 car loan or over a hundred thousand extra bucks in interest over the life of a 30-year $200,000 mortgage! That’s money you could invest for your retirement instead.