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. 

Recent collection accounts can take up to 100 points off a credit score. Consider offering a payment in exchange for a deletion for certain collection accounts. Paid collection entries do not increase credit scores. Once you get a collection entry on your report it goes into the negative category on credit reports. A paid collection remains under the negative category.
By the way, don’t use a credit card for a big bill if you plan to carry a balance. The compound interest will create an ugly pile of debt pretty quickly. Credit cards should never be used as a long-term loan unless you have a card with a zero percent introductory APR on purchases. Even then, you have to be mindful of the balance on the card and make sure you can pay the bill off before the intro period ends.
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. 
You can improve your FICO Scores by first fixing errors in your credit history (if errors exist) and then following these guidelines to maintain a consistent and good credit history. Repairing bad credit or building credit for the first time takes patience and discipline. There is no quick way to fix a credit score. In fact, quick-fix efforts are the most likely to backfire, so beware of any advice that claims to improve your credit score fast.

No one can legally remove accurate and timely negative information from a credit report. You can ask for an investigation —at no charge to you — of information in your file that you dispute as inaccurate or incomplete. Some people hire a company to investigate for them, but anything a credit repair company can do legally, you can do for yourself at little or no cost. By law:
While there is no official definition for credit repair, in general, it is the process of addressing errors and negative items on your credit reports, such as charge-offs, late payments, and collections. The simplest form of credit repair involves disputing wrong or expired information on your credit report with the reporting bureau, such as updating an incorrect account balance. More complicated cases, such as those involving identity theft, may require more significant credit repair procedures.
Making multiple payments throughout the month works on a credit factor called credit utilization, which has a powerful effect on scores. If you’re able to keep your utilization low instead of letting it build toward a payment due date, it should benefit your score right away. (You can track your credit utilization on each card and overall by viewing your credit profile with NerdWallet.)
I would disagree with this option, as a credit analyst its my job to investigate credit and determine customer eligibility for loans etc... typically creditors do not look for a card thats been used 1 time for $15 then never used again this kind of credit is disregarded and or not taken seriously. When we look to approve a consumer we look at several factors and what that makes a large impact is how they make their payments, the balance currently on all their revolving and installments and the history of payments. if you only charge a tiny amount and pay it off its going to show no history and therefore not be a heavy influence. in fact if you can handle it it is good to sometimes charge the card near max but then pay it off super fast. yes this well temp drop score however. it will show creditor your applying for that you can handle larger amounts and that you pay them down good and fast. 
Make sure that’s not a typo: Don’t assume that negative entry in your credit file is really your fault. Consumer watchdogs report that as many as 80% of credit reports contain errors — and a quarter of the time, those errors are significant enough to cause a FICO score drop of 50 points or more. Be sure to review your official records from the two major credit reporting agencies (Equifax and TransUnion).
Adding quality tradelines to your credit report will increase your score, no matter what. However, you should select them wisely. The wrong tradelines will have a minimal impact. The correct tradelines will have a maximum impact. Also, if you have a substantial amount of negative items, the credit score impact is limited. In those cases, you should consider some form of credit repair or debt settlement prior to adding tradelines.
After you’ve resolved the negative items on your credit report, work on getting positive information added. Just like late payments severely hurt your credit score, timely payments help your score. If you have some credit cards and loans being reported on time, good. Continue to keep those balances at a reasonable level and make your payments on time.
Get an unsecured or secured credit card if you have bad credit or a limited credit history. A new credit card reporting to the major credit bureaus can help build or rebuild credit history. Never max out new or old credit accounts. Make small monthly charges and pay them off on time or in full each month. Credit scores will increase as long as you keep the balance 10% or less of the available credit limit.

You should check your credit reports at all three credit reporting bureaus (TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian, the publisher of this piece) for any inaccuracies. Incorrect information on your credit reports could drag your scores down. Verify that the accounts listed on your reports are correct. If you see errors, dispute the information and get it corrected right away.
Enter Your Reply I would like to point out that this is inaccurate as to not having a credit inquiry on a pre-approved card offer. That is not true they have always always ran a credit even on all pre-approval ones that I have ever dealt with. I was given an invite recently for a relatively new company and I decided to try it and they pulled a hard inquiry on my credit anyway not to mention that they couldn't finish the process something happened on their website and so nothing ever went further and then I received another pre-approval in the mail after that I'm afraid to try again cuz it's going to ding my credit more
They may be willing to waive some of the late penalties or spread the past due balance over few payments. Let them know you're anxious to avoid charge-off, but need some help. Your creditor may even be willing to re-age your account to show your payments as current rather than delinquent, but you'll have to actually talk to your creditors to negotiate.

If you pay a charge-off in full, your credit report will be updated to show the account balance is $0 and the account is paid. The charge-off status will continue to be reported for seven years from the date of charge off. Another option is to settle charge-offs for less than the original balance if the creditor agrees to accept a settlement and cancel the rest of the debt.

Nice write-up. I totally agree with you that a good credit score can save us a lot of money. While you can survive with a bad credit, but it is definitely not cheap. And to maintain a good credit score above mentioned tips are very effective. Unpaid debt of any kind whether it is for a loan, mortgage or a credit card bill, it is not healthy for your financial health. So your advice to pay on time is I guess the most important for all of us.
a) You agree to assist CRA in obtaining tri-merge (three bureau) credit reports by obtaining and maintaining at your cost a “credit monitoring system” which provides 3 bureau credit reports with refreshed and updated credit reports no later than every 30 days through a provider that is acceptable to CRA and provide CRA access to that account through the entire credit repair process. You also will provide a copy of your driver’s license, social security card, and a recent Utility bill showing the correct address and the personal identification needed for our process and the credit bureaus.
Your credit report is where all the credit information about you lives. The credit score is just a number to help lenders determine whether you are creditworthy or not, but the details about you are in the credit report. That’s why you need to check your credit reports from both bureaus at least once per year to see what’s on your report and verify that all the information being reported about you is accurate.
Enter Your Reply I would like to point out that this is inaccurate as to not having a credit inquiry on a pre-approved card offer. That is not true they have always always ran a credit even on all pre-approval ones that I have ever dealt with. I was given an invite recently for a relatively new company and I decided to try it and they pulled a hard inquiry on my credit anyway not to mention that they couldn't finish the process something happened on their website and so nothing ever went further and then I received another pre-approval in the mail after that I'm afraid to try again cuz it's going to ding my credit more
a) You agree to assist CRA in obtaining tri-merge (three bureau) credit reports by obtaining and maintaining at your cost a “credit monitoring system” which provides 3 bureau credit reports with refreshed and updated credit reports no later than every 30 days through a provider that is acceptable to CRA and provide CRA access to that account through the entire credit repair process. You also will provide a copy of your driver’s license, social security card, and a recent Utility bill showing the correct address and the personal identification needed for our process and the credit bureaus.

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.
Creditors make those calculations based on the data included in your credit reports, which are issued primarily by the three major credit reporting companies - TransUnion, Equifax and Experian. By and large, the entire credit score range stands between 350 and 800. The higher your credit score, the easier it is to get loans and credit. The lower your credit score, the harder it is to get approval for loans and credit, and the more you'll pay (in interest) for the credit you do earn from a creditor or lender.
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Make sure that’s not a typo: Don’t assume that negative entry in your credit file is really your fault. Consumer watchdogs report that as many as 80% of credit reports contain errors — and a quarter of the time, those errors are significant enough to cause a FICO score drop of 50 points or more. Be sure to review your official records from the two major credit reporting agencies (Equifax and TransUnion).

First, the basics: A key component of your score is your credit-utilization ratio—the amount you owe on your credit cards as a proportion of your card limits. Utilization is calculated for individual cards and in the aggregate for all your card accounts. The lower your utilization ratio, the better. According to FICO, consumers with scores of 800 or higher (standard FICO and VantageScore credit scores range from 300 to 850) use an average 7% of their credit limits.
If you lack the funds for a secured credit builder loan, take a look at SelfLender.com where borrowers can make monthly payments towards an FDIC-Insured Certificate of Deposit Account (CD). The monthly payments are deposited into a CD. Those payments are reported to the major credit bureaus Experian, Transunion and Equifax. At the end of 12-months your money is returned to you, plus you have 12-months of on-time payment history reported to the credit bureaus.
The debt-to-credit ratio is definitely considered one of the more important factors that help determine consumer credit. This is also why it is not recommended that you close any unused credit card accounts you have as a way to try and raise your credit scores. Doing so will affect your utilization ratio percentage and can actually do more harm than good.
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.
Checking your free credit score can be a good indicator of where your credit stands and whether you need to work towards improving your score. Lenders such as credit card companies, banks, and car dealerships providing auto loans use credit scores along with other criteria to decide whether to approve you for credit. Knowing your credit score before applying for a loan or any type of credit can help you better prepare and eliminate surprises such as unfavorable terms or even denial.

This strategy can have an especially strong impact for a young person with a thin credit file. If, say, a parent adds a child as an authorized user on a credit card account, that account and its history will pop up on the child's credit report as long as the issuer reports it (most do). If the parent has had the account for several years, keeps utilization low and pays the bills on time, the child may see a quick and positive effect on his or her credit score. Card companies typically allow a cardholder to add anyone—not just a family member—as an authorized user.
*Credit score is calculated based on FICO® Score 8 model, unless otherwise noted. In addition to the FICO® Score 8, we may offer and provide other base or industry-specific FICO® Scores (such as FICO® Auto Scores and FICO® Bankcard Scores). Your lender or insurer may use a different FICO® Score than FICO® Score 8 or such other base or industry-specific FICO® Score (if available), or another type of credit score altogether. Learn more.

Randall Yates, is the founder and CEO of The Lenders Network, an online mortgage marketplace that helps homebuyers find reputable mortgage lenders. As a part of Randall’s successful entrepreneurial career, he spends a chunk of time helping consumers understand their credit and lending his mortgage expertise to help them find the right type of loan. Randall Yates lives in Dallas, Texas with his two sons.
What can and DOES change is whether you have a collector pursuing you for the debt. If you are talking about a dormant account that has been in collections and has finally been left alone with no collections activity for a few years, messing with it can be problematic from the point of view that the collections people will start pestering you again to see if they can get money and if the SOL isn't up, they can start reporting on it again which can affect your score or they could even file suit if your state SOL isn't up.
Never close unused or old credit card accounts. Closing an older credit card account may actually lower your credit scores. Once a you close an old credit card account your credit history will appear shorter. The length of your credit history accounts for 15% of your credit score. It is better to keep the account open and not use it or just use it infrequently. A long credit history helps your credit scores.
If you simply don't have a credit score because you have little experience or history with credit, you likely have a thin credit file. That means you have few (if any) credit accounts listed on your credit reports, typically one to four. Generally, a thin file means a bank or lender is unable to calculate a credit score because there is not enough information in a user's credit history to do so.
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You're the best. My mom added me as an authorized user to a couple of her cards (when I was 12, and she never even told me about it), but they're at 99% utilization and have late payments! I'm still in the process of trying to get myself removed from those, and getting those accounts completely removed from my credit report, not just listed as closed accounts. 

Obviously, your credit report and credit scores change every single day, as new data appears, and items fall off. The BoostMyScore clients who see a boost to their credit scores from our tradelines typically do not have any new negative information appear in their credit reports at the same time as our tradelines. For this reason, please understand that results may vary, and a boosted credit score cannot be guaranteed.


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Randall Yates, is the founder and CEO of The Lenders Network, an online mortgage marketplace that helps homebuyers find reputable mortgage lenders. As a part of Randall’s successful entrepreneurial career, he spends a chunk of time helping consumers understand their credit and lending his mortgage expertise to help them find the right type of loan. Randall Yates lives in Dallas, Texas with his two sons.
It’s a good idea to check your reports at least once a year to make sure all of your information is right. If you notice any errors or incorrect information, contact the credit bureaus and ask for a correction. Errors could include someone else’s information in your file, debts listed that aren’t yours, debts that have been paid in full and incorrect payment history.
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Enter Your Reply You do need to talk with a credit repair professional. I know of someone who you can talk to and you can ask him questions if he can help with your situation. He charges reasonable fees but he will tell you if he can help you or not. If he does not there is no charge. Take a chance. Also, you may need to know that owning a home now is less expensive for you than renting. If you can solve this problem and re direct your goal to owning a home - that will be more beneficial for you in the long haul. contact ([email protected] COM) or text (8 5 9) 7 8 0 - 3 7 7 9

It’s easy to check your credit reports from each of the three major credit reporting agencies. You’re entitled to a free copy, once a year, of all three of your credit reports under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. These free credit reports can be accessed via AnnualCreditReport.com, the government-mandated site run by the major bureaus. (You can also view a free credit report snapshot on Credit.com.)
Lenders and others usually use your credit report along with additional finance factors to make decisions about the risks they face in lending to you. Having negative information on your credit report or a low credit score could suggest to lenders that you are less likely to pay back your debt as agreed. As a result, they may deny you a loan or charge you higher rates and fees.
I applied for a home loan - wasn't approved - the loan company works with people with subpar credit though.  She gave me list of action items that needed to be done. She figured it would take me about a year to take care of it all. Gave me a deadline of 1 year out.  I sat down did all her action items in a week - waited 30 days, credit jumped to 620. She got an approval on a home loan but it wasn't ideal.  Waited another 30 days, credit was 651... she said we could get an ideal approval with a credit score of 640.  I don't know how, but I was so happy. signed on house at 3 months instead of 1 year. The loan officer couldn't believe it!  I now own my home, have lived in it for over a year.  Love my house!
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