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What are FICO® scores?

FICO® scores was created by Fair Issac Corporation. They consist of a three-digit number calculated based on information in consumer credit reports that are maintained by credit reporting agencies. The number summarized how likely you are to pay back your credit obligations as agreed. FICO® scores are the most widely used credit scores and are used by 90% of U.S. lenders to help them make decisions related to credit.

Why do I have multiple credit scores?

Each of the three credit bureaus: Equifax, TransUnion and Experian each have a separate FICO® score based on information the credit bureau have on you. The information that the credit bureaus keep on you may differ therefore you can have different FICO® scores.

How do FICO® scores change?

As the information in your credit file at the three credit bureau changes, your FICO® scores will change too. So your FICO® scores from last month can differ slightly for this month. Any reported late payments or bankruptcy can lower your score quickly, whereas paying your bills on time can improve your credit score over time.

What is a credit bureau?

A credit bureau is a consumer reporting agency that collects credit data on a person. They then sell this information to creditors for a fee. The information is then used to help creditors make decisions on granting loans and/or credit cards. The three largest credit bureaus in the U.S. are Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.

What are the three credit bureaus?

Sometimes refer to as a “consumer reporting agency,” a credit bureau is a business that gathers relevant consumer data from creditors and courthouses. They then sell that information to interested parties, for example, potential lenders. Such data is sold as a credit report. In the U.S., the three noteworthy credit agencies are TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax.

What is the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)?

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is an amendment to the Consumer Credit Protection Act that was added in 1970. It gives extra measures of protection to the consumer in fairness, accuracy, and the privacy of information that are collected by credit bureaus. It enables consumers to take part in credit repair and maintenance, ensuring that the data in your report is right.

How does credit repair work?

Credit Repair is the process of removing incorrect, outdated, false, and inaccurate data from your credit report. Based on the information that the 3 major credit bureaus collect from lenders, creditors, and debt collections, a credit score is determined and dictates your credit report. This data could incorporate the parities on advances or charge cards, credit request, obligation to wage proportion, and above all, credit use (the level of obligation you need to accessible credit).

Is credit repair worth it?

Because credit impacts just about everything these days, it’s worth it to repair your credit. Without good credit, it can cost you a huge amount of money (thousands of dollars) over the course of a home or car loan in huge interest rates. It can even keep you from getting insurance coverage or a job.

How long does it take to repair my credit?

There is no quick and simple response to this question. The time it takes to repair your credit is completely dependent on your personal situation. While we endeavor to remove outdated, false, incorrect, and inaccurate data as quickly as possible, it is difficult to give an exact timeline as each case is unique. A general timeline is usually between 3-9 months, sometimes even shorter, sometimes a bit longer.

How long do negative items stay on a credit report?

There is no minimum timeframe on how long a negative item stays on your credit report. Creditors control the data they give to the credit bureaus. They can also choose to remove negative items as well. The Fair Credit Reporting Act requires all reported data to be fair, accurate and substantiated. In the event that these conditions are not met, the credit agencies are required to delete it. However, if the data is correct, the following are the maximum timeframes. Once these timeframes lapse, they must remove them from your credit report.

7 years: Civil suits and judgments, paid tax liens, collection accounts, late payments, charge-offs, paid student loan default

10 years: Bankruptcy

Forever: Unpaid tax liens, unpaid federal student loans

Can I repair my own credit?

You can dispute any information on your credit report if it is inaccurate, incorrect, or false. Many who tried on their own find that the process takes too long, is overwhelming and confusing, and too stressful. We can take the weight of disputing off your hands and can accelerate the procedure through experience and also strategies that are one of a kind to us. You could probably do it yourself, but you might not see the same results that a credit repair company like Credit Law Center would.

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