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Free Credit Repair Advice - How to Repair Your Own Credit

Sep 2, 2008
When you are trying to repair your credit, it may be best to try to fix it yourself. If you suffer from bad credit you will find that numerous firms will contact you claiming to be able to assist you in rebuilding your credit for a fee and once you hire them they will take care of everything. However, the truth of the matter is that fixing your credit on your own may be the best thing you could possibly do.

Fixing your own credit can be a difficult process but many who opt to fix their own credit do not find it that difficult to do. More and more people are beginning to repair their own credit. If you want to go this route you need to first contact one or all the three major credit reporting agencies, Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian. Ask them to send you a free credit report. The FACT act was passed in 2001 by Congress and the act lets every consumer obtain one free copy of their credit report annually.

Once you have obtained a copy of your credit report, you will need to take some time to check all the information for accuracy. You will most likely find some mistakes. These discrepancies may be due to the fact that that an old account that you had has been paid off but it is still being reflected on you current statement.

Once you have made a list of all of the mistakes on your credit report, mark them on the credit report or on a sheet of paper. Send a copy of the report to the agency you obtained your credit report from. You may want to contact them by telephone as well. When they receive your complaint they will ask for proof that what is on the report is indeed an error. This is why it is best to send a copy of your credit report to be on the safe side. When they check the error they will notify you saying that they have fixed the mistake or that they do not have enough proof to take the mistake off of your credit report. If you want to successfully improve your credit you need to be stringent when it comes to making sure that all the information on the credit report is correct and reflected on your statement.

A big part of beginning any type of credit repair plan, whether you are repairing your credit yourself or using a debt counselor, is making a long-term plan to keep control of your finances so that you will not make the same mistakes you made with your credit in the past. Credit repair counselors are there to assist you but what is the use of paying their fee if you later find out the firm is not reputable?

Repairing your credit is very time consuming and it will require that you take it very seriously. Over a period of time, you will see the positive and favorable results. You will soon know that these results came about through your own motivation and your own efforts. There is absolutely no better feeling.
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