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Create An Action Plan To Deal With Your Poor Credit Score

Aug 17, 2007
When you receive your credit report and credit score, the first step is deciding where you stand and where your main problems may lie:

-Have you defaulted on a loan, failed to pay taxes, or recently been reported to a debt collection agency?
-Do you have too much debt?
-Too many unpaid bills?
-Have you recently faced a major financial upset such as a bankruptcy?
-Have you simply not had credit long enough to establish good credit?
-Have you defaulted on a loan, failed to pay taxes, or recently been reported to a collection agency?

The problems that influence your credit problems should dictate how you decide to start to repair your credit score. As you read this article, make a note of those tips that apply to you and from there develop a checklist of things you can do to improve your credit situation.

When you take professional credit help, counsellors will commonly work with you to help you develop a personal strategy that directly confronts your financial history and credit problems. This article allows you to develop a similar strategy on your own in your own time and at your own cost.

When developing your action plan, know where most of your credit score is coming from:

1: Credit history (can account for more than a third of your credit score). Whether or not you have been a good credit risk in the past is considered the best indicator of how you will react to debt in the future. For this reason, loan defaults, late payment, bankruptcies, unpaid taxes and other debt responsibilities will count against you the most.You can't do much about your financial past now, but starting to pay your bills on time - starting today - can help boost your credit score in the future.

2: Current debts (can account for approximately a third of your credit score). If you have lots of current debt, it may indicate that you are stretching yourself thin financially and will have trouble paying back debts in the future. If you have a lot of money owing right now, especially if you've borrowed a lot recently, this fact will bring down your credit score. You an boost your credit score by paying down your debts as far as you can.

3: The length of time you've had credit (can account for up to 15% of your credit score). If you've not had credit accounts for very long, you may not have enough of a history to let lenders know whether you make a good credit risk. Not having had credit for a long time can affect your credit score. You can counter this by keeping your accounts open rather than closing them off as you pay them off.

4: Types of credit you have (can account for about one tenth of your credit score). Lenders like to see a mix of financial responsibilities that you handle well. Having bills that you pay as well as one or two types of loans can actually improve your credit score. Having at least one credit card that you manage well can also help your credit score.

As you can see, it's only possible to estimate how much a certain area of your credit report affects your credit score. But, keeping these four areas in mind and making sure that each is addressed in your personal plan will go a long way towards making your personal credit repair plan comprehensive enough to boost your credit score effectively.
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Darren Yates is the owner of 1st Finance guide a General Finance Guide website covering debt, credit, loans, insurance, real estate etc. featuring advice by real people. Hundreds of useful articles on all aspects of Finance are available to help you.
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