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Bad Credit Loans - How to Really Fix Your Credit Score

Apr 3, 2008
Having bad credit can be a huge dilemma especially when it comes to getting a loan. Since lenders want to reassure the credit worthiness of their clients, those with low credit scores can be immediately declined. Yes, bad credit loans do exist in the market, but if you want to stay away from high interest rates, it is a far better option to work on improving your credit score first before applying for a loan. Unless you need the cash in a hurry, rebuilding your credit is definitely the best choice.

How to Fix Your Credit Score
Is there really an instant way to fix your credit score? Despite what some credit-fix companies may claim, the only safe and guaranteed way to fix one's credit is to address the root of the problem. Why did you receive a low credit score in the first place? What are the factors that led to your bad credit?

Late payments and unpaid bills are the number one cause of bad credit. Excessive use of your credit limit can also affect the result of your credit score. Of course, defaulting on your debts completely means more damage to your credit history. So how do you really address these problems?

The best way to do so is to pay the debts you owe. If your current financial situation doesn't allow for you to keep up with your repayments, negotiate with your creditors. Call them and request new repayment terms that you would be able to fit into your budget easily. Most creditors would be willing to make adjustments if they can see your willingness to pay your debts. Changes in your own spending habits and lifestyle will also be a huge factor in your attempt to repay your debts.

Avoid incurring new debts while you're still in the middle of your repayment. If you have credit cards, put them away, some people who really worry about over using their credit cards will actually freeze them in their freezer. That way they have defrost them in order to make a purchase. If you must use them to keep them from closing, use them only for small purchases and be sure to pay back your charges in full before your due. Always be on time with all your payments to all your different creditors.

What else can you do? If you find it difficult to manage your own finances, getting financial advice from a legitimate and reliable credit counseling organization will help. To be sure, choose a government accredited credit counseling agency. Watch out for credit repair agencies that promise to give your credit the 'instant fix'. As you can see, there is not instant remedy to fixing a bad credit problem. It would take some time, lots of effort and determination on your part in order to fix the problem.

You may need to allow at least six months of working on your credit score before you start seeing improvements. Obtain a copy of your credit report before and after you start working on your credit. Once you see an increase in your credit score, then that's the time to start considering your loan options.

Even the smallest boost in your score will make a big difference in your plan to get a loan. A better credit score will enable you to get better rates when you do apply for a bad credit loan or a standard loan. It will also increase your negotiating power as a loan applicant.
About the Author
Liz Roberts is a freelance writer and loan consultant. The website http://www.badcreditresources.com offers resources that specialize in providing bad credit loans and bad credit cards
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