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Creative Ways to Secure Bad Credit Help

Aug 17, 2007
Do you have bad credit? This can affect your life negatively because, basically, you need to have good credit to receive more good credit. You might be applying for a credit card, attempting to secure a loan, or trying to purchase kitchen appliances, a car
or a house - all these transactions require you to have good credit.

People differ in their need for bad credit help. Some people require a complete overhaul of their credit report while others only require help via a quick fix or clean up.

The first step in repairing bad credit is to clean up one's credit report. The second step is maintaining a good credit history.

With the first step, you don't necessarily have to have bad credit in order to want to clean up your credit report. It is advisable to check it often and carefully even if your credit is good. One prudent practice is to fix your credit report five to six months
prior to applying for car loans or a mortgage.

Everyone who has had credit denied to them can get a copy of their credit report. You can secure this from banks and credit bureaus which are responsible for reporting negative data about you. It is recommended that you analyze your credit report twice a year just
to guarantee accuracy.

After getting your report, check on the data contained in their order of importance. It must contain: one's full name and any previous names; Social Security number; contact number; lawsuits; liens; bankruptcy data; one's credit history; one's previous and present address; employment history; and marriages.

The most vital items to check on the list are: one's name, Social Security number and address; inaccurate account histories that list late payments despite up-to-date payments made; accounts that were not opened at all; lawsuits that one was not involved in; liens which were never acquired or liens that have been discharged in relation to a bankruptcy yet are still listed; bankruptcies that are over 10 years old; all negative data about you that is over 7 years old; credit inquiries that are more than 2 years old; a missing notation on a disputed credit card bill; closed accounts inaccurately listed as open; and all accounts which have actually been closed but are not shown to have been closed by you.

There may be mistakes on your credit history due to human error, or an identity theft, or perhaps old records that need to be updated. Regardless, these need to be removed from your credit report.

Submit dispute letters in order to clean up your credit report. You can give these letters through the Internet, via fax or regular mail. Don't try to call because you won't be entertained by the officials in charge.

After checking your credit report, you need to find ways to reestablish good credit. Be forewarned that this process may take up to 18 months with a lot of hard work on your part since you have to show proof that you can be financially responsible. By persistently trying to post positive transactions on your credit report, you can eventually prove worthy of good credit status.

First of all, pay back all your debts. Begin with those items that fall under the public records section of the credit report.

Second, save as much money as you can in order to prove that you can manage your money and credit.

Third, if you must make payments, use cash rather than credit. Should you insist on maintaining credit cards, pay off every outstanding balance and maintain only two cards at the most.

Fourth, set up a savings account that will prove you can manage money. This may also be utilized as collateral later on.

Fifth, create personal links with the loan officer or branch manager of the bank where you established your savings account.

Sixth, call on those creditors with whom you already have a clean slate to help you reestablish a credit line. They might assist you by checking at how regularly you paid prior to developing problems, as well as determining how long it took you to get back on track.

Seventh, you might be able to convince an acquaintance who trusts you to enter into a cosigning agreement for you but make sure he or she is knowledgeable about cosigning loans before they do so.

Eight, if you can be approved for a secured credit card, do so since this is a smart way for a customer with bad credit to reestablish good credit fast.

Ninth, you might want to apply for a retail card from furniture stores, appliance chains, and gas stations. These retailers might provide you with credit even with all your credit problems. Should you be denied, attempt to buy products using a layaway plan since this may eventually prove to the store that you can handle a charge card.

The last and most important way to reestablish good credit is to pay your bills on time. This is the most essential method for maintaining a good credit history. Remember, no one will trust you if you don't pay your bills on time and all your efforts at reestablishing good credit will go to waste.
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