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Starting Credit Repair│5 Questions You Should Ask

So You’re Saying There’s A Chance?

All jokes aside, credit repair is a very serious matter.  We have come into contact with many companies that over promise and under deliver when it comes to the services they offer. Have you been teetering back and forth between companies but have been unsure what to ask? Well here’s your guide for working through the sales pitch, and getting to the hard facts.

What is credit repair and how does it work?

When a consumer decides that they are going to attempt credit repair there is often a “pain point” involved that has led them to this decision. For many of our clients, they have visited a lending institution and have been denied financing. Being denied for a home loan or car loan can really get a person in gear and ready to go because credit is important when it comes to major financial purchases. Have you been denied financing recently and are trying to start making your way back toward better credit?

You may find yourself looking for ways to improve your credit score and running into a dead end with “repair” companies. Another thing you may have found is that you may have heard that you can work on your credit repair yourself.

A law firm, like Credit Law Center has the ability to do more than both a consumer and what a credit repair company can. The side by side shows just a few things that you may want to start quizzing your current or potential credit repair company you hire on and start to look for companies that can help you out in all aspects of credit repair.

1. What Will I Need To Get Started?

In order to enroll in credit repair with Credit Law Center you will want to speak with a credit advisor first. They will walk you through our process and what you can expect as far as cost and time frame goes. You will know after your consultation what the cost could be for credit repair if every item came off the report.

You will notice we said if everything comes off. Each item is priced per line item as we only want to charge a client for the successful removal of what we dispute. You would receive a contract ceiling price and be billed accordingly after each round is completed. We are a pay for performance company, which just means you will only pay us for results as opposed to a monthly repair company.

Next, you will need a copy of your credit report, which the credit advisor will pull with you. They will go through line by line with you and educate you on how you can improve scores while we work on any derogatory items on the report. You can expect to pay $1 at the consultation and then decide if you would like to work with our Law Firm. Again, you will be quoted all pricing before ever signing a contract.

Although the cost may sound cheaper per month for a monthly program, and manageable for your budget, it might hurt you more in the long run.  Too often we see consumers that agree to this and they end up signing up for something that takes years for them to improve their credit. Our typical time frame is 60-120 days depending on what other items are positively reporting on a report.

We will work inside anyone’s budget!

Finally, a contract will be emailed to you and after a few ID’s submitted to your credit advisor, you will be ready for credit repair! We are built for speed and this is why 53% of our business comes from referral partners like loan officers and real estate agents. They can expect that their clients will get results quickly, and be ready for financing.

2. Is There An Attorney Involved/Working For Me?

We currently have 3 attorneys in the office that our clients can speak with about their credit reports or any legalities they may come across during or after credit repair. These attorneys also have the ability to work on your behalf, to stop collection calls as well as work with you on what you can say now that you are a client. When a collection company calls you and you are represented by a law firm, you have the ability to request no further communication at that time. Should you continue to receive calls, you may be able to sue for continued harassment.

Does your current “law firm” have the ability to do this? Ask the hard questions!

 

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3. Do They Have The Ability To Negotiate And Sue?

Credit Law Center has sued all three major credit agencies: Experian, Transunion, and Equifax. Ask your current or potential company in questioning if they can do this!

Unfortunately for a consumer, there are many ways that these agencies and collection companies go in and break the law. The main reason for this is due to the lack of education out there about credit and what can or cannot be done. You want a legal team guiding you and informing you of your rights through this process.

Our legal team is versed in the FDCPA (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act) and  FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act).

Although your credit advisor will not give you legal advice, you can rest assured that as a client you have access to any of the attorneys on staff about matters such as harassing phone calls and items being misreported. They can also negotiate debts on your behalf or sue for damages if you have been impacted by misreporting on a credit report.

4. Who Will Be Monitoring My Credit?

There seems to be many companies out there right now that do not monitor the clients credit while in repair, or do not let them know if they have new activity or items reported. We will monitor your credit with our monitoring service and will update you every 45 days or so on your report. You have access to a copy of the report at all times.

Do you receive updated copies of your credit report with your current service?

This is vital for us, as it allows us to see what items are being removed when we dispute and allows us to also see if you are ready to go from a credit score standing on financing. We will never hold a client in repair any longer than need be. If they are at a point that a lender says they are ready to move forward, we will pull them out of repair and send them on their way!

5. Am I Being Billed Monthly Regardless of Items Being Removed or Not?

Lastly, and most importantly, ask what you are being billed for. If you are working with a credit repair company and spending money monthly with no activity as far as your score moving at all, it may be time to make a switch. We are saying there’s a chance! If you work with the right company that can provide you with great results and you listen to the education our credit advisors provide, you may be off to your dream home or dream car sooner than you thought!

If  you are currently working with a credit repair company and are not satisfied with your results, please let us know. We would be happy to help you get financially ready for whatever your next steps might be (house loan, car loan, etc.) Please  contact us today for your personal consultation with a Credit Advisor. We have helped over 30,000 clients improve their scores. Let us get you back on the path toward financial freedom.

Article By Breana Washington

A Note From The Author: The opinions you read here come from our editorial team. Our content is accurate to the best of our knowledge when we initially post it.

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Too Many Inquiries

Low Fico Scores│Too Many Inquiries On My Report

How Do Inquiries Impact My Score?

One of the common misconceptions about a credit score is that inquiries have a major role in the score. If you have looked at your credit score recently and feel that there are not many dings to the report that would cause your score to be low, take a few things into consideration first:

  1. Do you have two or more revolving lines of credit? If so, are these accounts at or below 30% of the limit?
  2. Now, are there any collections, charge-offs or other accounts that are in a negative standing? You’ll want to have these removed from the report.
  3. Lastly, do you have incorrect or inaccurate contact information on your credit report i.e addresses, names, etc?

All of the above scenarios should be looked at before jumping to what your inquiries look like.

One Too Many Inquiries

If you have been credit card or car shopping lately, you may notice a multitude of inquiries on your credit report. It is very common for a dealership to throw your information into their system to see if they can find you a low interest rate at a great loan term so they can sell you the car on their lot.

Understanding how this impacts your score allows you to walk into each situation prepared and knowledgeable. Whether you are applying for a new credit card or a car note a few things.

  • When shopping for a car, research a Credit Union you could get a loan through, rather than the dealership financing option
  • Know your credit score
  • Don’t apply for credit when you don’t need it

Each time you apply or allow someone to check your credit score, you are allowing them to apply another hit to your credit profile.

The best rule of thumb for inquiries is no more than 10 “pulls” on your credit over a 12 month period.

Once you start running into more inquiries than this, your credit score will start to be impacted by them. Again, applying for unnecessary credit lines will start to impact you in a negative way.

I Have Been Denied Credit

If you have run into issues of hoping to start building credit, but have been denied credit cards over and over, there are a few options you have. Applying or inquiring for more and more credit is not helping your scores. You can try a few other options such as:

  • Applying for a  Secured Credit Card
  • CD Builder Loans
  • Second Chance Checking

You can look for other options for credit cards here

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What My Credit Score Says

Your credit score tells a lender the likelihood of you to default on a loan in the next 12 months. Credit demonstrates your trustworthiness to pay your bills and loans on time. Keeping this in mind, it is easier to understand what your credit report says about you as a borrower.

If you have late payments, this impacts your score significantly.

Facts on Fico

If you look at the chart above, you notice that your payment history makes up 35% of the FICO score. Therefore a late payment will tank your score! Another large portion of the FICO score rating, is the amount you owe. If your credit card balances are high, the easiest and quickest way to start improving your score is to pay your cards down as low as you can, rather than making the minimum payments.

In order to have a healthy credit profile, it is recommended to have two lines of revolving credit, and two personal (like home and auto) loans. If you have questions about other reasons your scores may be low or would like to speak with an attorney today, please call 1-800-994-3070. We would be happy to assist you further or answering any questions you have concerning your score.

A Note From The Author: The opinions you read here come from our editorial team. Our content is accurate to the best of our knowledge when we initially post it.

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How to Raise Your Credit Score Quickly – Credit Law Center

So you want to buy a house, but your credit score is 675 instead of 720 which will get you the best rate on a home loan. If you want to raise your credit score quickly, there are some steps you can take that can guarantee an exceptional home loan or any other credit line for that matter.

The Blueprint to a High Credit Score.

The blueprint for getting a great score is to pay your bills on time, keep account balances low, and take out new credit only when you need it. Those who follow this blueprint faithfully have very high credit scores. It usually means you are cautious and conservative about credit. Credit scores are not something you want to take lightly.

Sounds easy enough right? Great advice, but let’s face it following these basic principals takes time. What if you are house hunting and need a few extra points to bump you over the line to exceptional rates?

How to Raise Your Credit Score Quickly When You Need a Few Extra Points
The first place to start is with your credit report. Make sure to check it over and find out what your credit score is right now. Review your credit report to make sure all the information is reporting accurate. You will want to concentrate on correcting any errors by following the dispute process. Look for errors such as accounts that are not yours, late payments that you paid on time, debts you paid off that are showing as outstanding, or old debt that shouldn’t be reported any longer. Negative items are supposed to be deleted after seven years, except for bankruptcies, which can stay as long as ten years.

After repairing any errors, the quickest route to a better score is paying down balances on credit cards. There’s no silver bullet, but over a 60 day period, it is possible to raise increase your score by twenty points, by paying down your credit lines.

 

Things You Should Not Do To Raise Credit Score

One thing you should not do if you are just trying to boost your score is close unused accounts. If someone tells you to close unused accounts to raise your score quickly, he or she is pulling your leg. Actually, it harms your credit score.

Closing unused accounts without paying down your debt changes your utilization ratio, which is the amount of your total debt divided by your total available credit. You appear closer to maxing out your accounts. That is why your score can drop. It does not mean people should not close them, but don’t close them to improve your score.

 

Finance Friendly Apps│Tracking Spending Efficiently

Finance and User Friendly Apps

If you do not watch a ton of television consider yourself lucky. Most commercials now are all about new apps and cell phones coming out. I am so far behind in I-Phones, I may as well just get a new kind of cell phone all together.

With everything switching over to more user friendly and faster speeds, long gone are the days of having to balance your check book or make a spread sheet to track your finances. Those math teachers that used to tell us we wouldn’t always have a calculator all the time never saw any of these apps coming, that’s for sure!

An Oldie but Goodie

The trusted app, Mint allows you to track spending and finances pretty efficiently. The plus side to this app, is you are able to sync your bank account, bills and most credit cards. This also allows you to quickly pay bills from one spot collectively.

There are many other apps that suggest they do the same thing, however Mint seems to do everything one might need in order to feel safe and secure about the syncing of accounts and monitoring spending.

Credit Monitoring

There are several credit monitoring apps out there now however, we have found that Identity IQ is the best one when looking at all three credit bureau reports. Keep in mind, there are over 56 different versions of FICO and while you may have heard advertised “get your FICO score” with such and such app, it is not your true FICO score. You are looking at consumer scores online and the only reliable source you can get for the FICO score that matters when you are hoping to buy a home, is one that a bank or lender will pull for you.

Whether you are hoping to check your credit score once, or monitor it month to month, Identity IQ has many other features that are great for users like identity theft protection

 

The Cons on “Over Consuming”

While there are many reasons why the customer experience and the instant gratification with online shopping seems great, there are a few cons to the way we are making these transactions. While shopping in a store, there are several emotions that play into the purchase or “put back” of an item. Does this seem practical? Do I need it? What is my budget like?

You may feel you are getting great deals or that “time is money” but you may be overspending when it comes down to it. The same way that these businesses have marketed to you to show you that their way is better, are the same tactics they use to market more products and a need for more “stuff” that they have.

 

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You may find that you are spending more money due to:

  • High credit card balances (trying to make more payments to pay them off)
  • Cost of shipping products
  • New Products daily in your email/phone that you buy because you “want” them

There is an overwhelming amount of consumers in debt. The fact is, we sometimes we consume to many products and services without even recognizing it. Have you been there before?

Your Finances

If you are finding that you are falling behind on payments, have credit cards climbing in debt and have collection companies calling you daily, you may be in need of help. Credit Law Center is a law firm that specializes in credit repair. There are credit advisors ready to help you cut back and buckle down on your finances again. Whether you are thinking about filing for bankruptcy or are struggling to figure out the best option to pay a creditor back, they want speak with you so you can get back on track. Whether you want to talk via text, email or by phone, they can tailor to your needs.

The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are. Take the next step to better credit and a better life.

 

Do you have questions about your credit report? If you would like to speak with one of our attorneys or credit advisors  and complete a free consultation please give us a call at 1-800-994-3070 we would be happy to help.

 

A Note From The Author: The opinions you read here come from our editorial team. Our content is accurate to the best of our knowledge when we initially post it.

Article by Breana Washington

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Credit Scores across the states

The Average Credit Score for Each State In 2019

 

A Record-Breaking Year

 

We have seen the highest average credit score ever in 2019 and the numbers keep rising! The U.S. economy is truly booming: Record job growth caused unemployment rates to drop to a record low and the stock market flourished throughout the year. Consumers showed their confidence as they continued to borrow and spend energetically and responsibly! Below is a list of each state and their average credit scores throughout the year of 2019!

 

Alabama- 680

Alaska- 707

Arizona- 696

Arkansas- 683

California- 708

Colorado- 718

Connecticut – 717

Delaware-701

Florida- 694

Georgia- 682

Hawaii- 723

Idaho- 711

Illinois- 709

Indiana- 699

Iowa- 720

Kansas- 711

Kentucky- 692

Louisiana- 677

Maine- 715

Maryland-704

Massachusetts- 723

Michigan- 706

Minnesota- 733

Mississippi- 667

Missouri- 701

Montana- 720

Nebraska- 723

Nevada- 686

New Hampshire- 724

New Jersey- 714

New Mexico- 686

New York- 712

North Carolina- 694

North Dakota- 727

Ohio-705

Oklahoma- 682

Oregon- 718

Pennsylvania- 713

Rhode Island- 713

South Carolina- 681

South Dakota- 727

Tennessee- 690

Texas- 680

Utah- 716

Vermont- 726

Washington- 723

West Virginia- 687

Wisconsin- 725

Wyoming- 712

FICO Score Range

 

Very Poor: 300-579

Fair: 580-669

Good: 670- 739

Very Good: 740-799

Exceptional: 800-850

 

With FICO Scores seeing a 14-point increase and loan delinquencies significantly reduced since 2010, Americans seem to be maintaining healthier overall credit habits while also feeling bullish about growing balances across credit cards, retail cards, auto loans and even mortgages!

Do you have questions about your credit report? If you would like to speak with one of our attorneys or credit advisors  and complete a free consultation please give us a call at 1-800-994-3070 we would be happy to help.

If you are hoping to dispute and work on your credit report on your own, here is a link that provides you with a few ideas on how to go about DIY Credit Repair.

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Top 4 Credit Repair Questions and Answers

The Major Questions

 

While working at Credit Law Center and speaking with many of you over social media, I have been asked many questions over the credit repair process. Below I have posted the top questions and my answers to help get you started on the road to better credit!

 

Question #1: “Why should I care about my credit reports accuracy? Are Credit Reports Accurate?”

Answer: Your credit report defines if you can acquire a home loan, vehicle financing, credit card rates and even affordable car insurance! The misconception among most Americans is that we have just the one credit report. Each of the three main credit bureaus (TransUnion, Equifax and Experian) has their own credit report to show. Over 75 percent of credit reports contain errors and it is extremely important that you review all three credit reports to make sure the information is up to date and accurate! A lender may pull just one of your reports or all three when considering a loan, so it is paramount that you keep a close eye on ALL 3 reports.

 

Question #2:  What affects my credit score and why isn’t it rising?”

Answer: There are many things that can affect your credit score, but for now let’s go over the main negative and positive factors.

-Negative- Collections, Charge- offs, Repos, Loans, Delinquent accounts, closed account, Medical Bills and Late Payments.

-Positive- Long and Positive Credit History, Low Credit Utilization, Positive Trade Lines, On-Time Payments and Paying More Than the Monthly Minimum On Payments.

Each person’s credit report is different and each item on the report holds a different weight. If your score isn’t rising or is declining slowly; the main issue causing this is simply that the weight of the negatives is outweighing the positives. If you have been making your payments on time, but your credit utilization rate is above 30% then you may see a slow increase. If you are to remove any negative items but don’t have much positive credit recorded underneath, then you may experience a small decline in your score or a very small increase. On the other hand, if you remove many negative items and underneath you DO have positive credit, your score will rise 90% of the time! If you would like to dive deeper into what affects your credit and how click HERE.

 

Question #3: “What are some common errors on credit reports?”

Answer: Let’s Make A List!

  • Names- Is your name listed correctly or are multiple names present?
  • Is your address accurate and up to date?
  • Are items listed properly or missing?
  • Manner of Payment- This one is a little difficult to start looking for at first, but we have a handy dandy video to show how to find these discrepancies! – MOP Mistakes
  • Do you not recognize an account/ is the account even yours?

 

Question #4: How can I dispute an error on my own?

Answer-If you find information that you believe is inaccurate, you should dispute the item with the credit bureau. If said error appears on more than one report, you need to file a dispute with each on separately.

Even though you can always file your dispute online, it is highly recommended to dispute errors via mail!

Using certified mail to send a dispute gives you access to a paper trail that shows that your dispute was received. According to the FCRA, credit bureaus have 30 days to investigate and update you with their findings and result.  Some people don’t always have the time to sit down and type up multiple disputes to multiple bureaus and balance the responses and logging with their work and home schedule. No worries, we are here to help!

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A Road Map For Building Credit

How to Establish a Good Credit Score

 

Whether it’s finding a home for your growing family, financing your dream car, entering a career or even attempting to acquire a decent rate on car insurance, everything in our lives revolves around credit. No matter what you do, someone is going to be viewing your past choices to asses if you are a liability in your future endeavors and they could be the deciding factor in whether you are living your life or just surviving.  I’m not saying this to scare everyone or say that without good credit you can’t live the life you are meant to live, but that acquiring good credit could provide opportunities that may seem out of reach!

So, I guess its time to get a credit card and start building my credit! Before we get overzealous with the power we have been given with this seemingly divine piece of plastic, let’s take a look into a few ways to reliably start building and maintain our credit.

 

Good Credit Starts with Good Financial Habits

Many people are trapped in credit purgatory, looking for debt consolidators that can act as magical credit faeries to reset their credit scores after they have fallen behind on payments. If you can’t establish good financial management habits, then the attempt to establish better credit will be futile. When building a house, you must start with a strong foundation and the same goes for credit. Some great financial habits that can help you improve your creditworthiness are:

  1. Record every transaction. I know it seems like a pain to keep everything logged, but in the end, you can observe how much you spend down to the last cent. If you wait to record your transactions, you may lose details along the way.
  2. Round up expenses. Say you go out to eat and your bill comes up to $24.14, you should list the transaction as $25.
  3. Round down income. When recording your transactions, you should round down your income. If you got paid $483.23 for the week, round it down to $483.00. This way you’ll have a few extra bucks when you balance your accounts. If your hard-core round down to $480.00 to save a little more and build the habit!

Start with a Secured Credit Card

Now that you have a good record of your finances, you can show your bank that you have a stable income and can responsibly manage your finances. This puts you in a better position to apply for a secured credit card and shows that you are low risk.

When you acquire your secured card, the bank will require you to deposit the limit of the card into an account. So, if the discussed limit of your card is $500, then you will deposit $500 into the secured account. When you make a purchase with this, the $500 is not touched (unlike a debit card that allows you to withdraw the money in your account). The purpose of the money you deposited in the secured account is to provide collateral if you default on paying off your balance.

 

Pay it Off on Time

Now that you have your secured credit card and you have made a few purchases with it, make sure that you have your balances paid off on time each month. The credit card companies make money from the interest charged for late payments and we are trying to establish and raise our credit!

Since you are beginning to establish credit, your interest rates are going to be pretty high compared to someone with established, good credit. In the end would you rather pay the final $20 that was left on the account, or $200 after the absurd interest rates? Some credit companies could also charge you a late fee or reduce your limit if you fail to pay your balance in full when it’s due!

 

Don’t Use Your Credit for Emergencies

Now, an emergency is classified differently among different people. Some classify an emergency as not having gas left in the car a few days before pay day and they are running on empty. Others classify an emergency as a new plasma screen TV going on sale at their local department store and the sale ends before payday. Learn to use your credit card for when it would be more stressful to pay with cash, don’t have an ATM around and can’t pull out cash or small day to day transactions. If you use your credit card for just “emergencies” you may find yourself slipping into a situation where everything is an emergency and spur of the moment purchases will become more frequent. Not having an 80-inch plasma TV to watch “Stranger Things” on is not an emergency!

 

Strive to be Creditworthy

Credit cards can have quite a lot of perks and pros associated with them; however, it could send you into bankruptcy if you aren’t vigilant in how you handle them. Once you have acquired a good credit score it may be tempting to open many additional cards because it’s easy for banks to lend to you now.  You should strive to be credit worthy and push on till your financial freedom. If you are credit worthy, you’ll have a good credit score and can enjoy your transactions and purchases without having to pull out your journal to log everything. Just like working out to get fit or building your career for a future, establishing and maintain good credit does not happen overnight, but in the end will help you achieve the life you know you are meant to live!

 

Author- Joe Peters

Do you have questions about your credit report? If you would like to speak with one of our attorneys or credit advisors  and complete a free consultation please give us a call at 1-800-994-3070 we would be happy to help.

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