Most credit repair scams and schemes and just a worthless waste of money and don’t help you to legally rebuild your credit.
Here is a simple process I have advised people to use for years that does the trick for rebuilding and restoring your credit from any credit disaster.
This isn’t some crafty or quasi-legal technique. This is just using the credit reporting system wisely and to your advantage to rebuild your credit in a relatively short period of time.
Step 1 – Get a Copy of Your Consolidated Credit Report
Get a copy of your consolidated credit report. It is the type of report that includes all the major three credit reports in one report. I only use a consolidated credit report to check my credit and the link will take you to the credit report I use.
Your credit report is like a report card of sorts. You need to look it over and make sure that all the accounts listed on your credit report are yours. If they were not, you need to write to the credit bureaus that are reporting them and tell them they are not your and ask to have them removed. It’s like you looked at your school report card and it listed classes you did not take. They should not be there.
If the rest of the accounts belonged to you but you had a bad track record with them, that information stays on the report just as if you got a D in a class you took. Just because you got a bad grade does not mean the class is removed from a report card.
After seven years the bad credit items will no longer be reported on your credit report. When you look at your consolidated credit report if any of them list negative information longer than the seven year period, then when you write to the credit bureaus to point out any incorrect information, you can tell them about the old items.
Generally the credit bureaus are good about automatically removing the old items.
While you are at it, look for any delinquent accounts that may be younger than seven years old. If you have any, pay them off. The contact information for the creditor will be on your credit report.
Step 2 – Boosting Your Credit Score With Good Credit Using a Secured Card
Using the report card analogy, if you wanted to bring up your GPA you would need to earn some better grades to do it. It is the same with your credit report. If you want to bring your score up you need to start having new and good credit reported about you.
The best way to do this is to get and use a secured credit card. In fact get two different ones. I put together a section of the site that lists reviews for secured cards. Look at the secured cards here.
The advantage of getting a secured card is that you will get the credit card and not get a rejection on your credit report that will further hurt your credit. A rejection can be easily spotted by looking at the inquiry section of your credit report and seeing there is not a corresponding card opened. And with your current bad credit, if you applied for an unsecured card, you would get rejected.
The reason you will get the secured credit card on the first attempt is because you need to put up a deposit with the bank that is equal to your credit limit. The deposit will earn you interest and in the unfortunate event you were unable to pay your card and defaulted, the bank would use your deposit to pay the debt.
When looking for a secured card you want one that will report to all three credit bureaus. This is key. We need your new good payment history reported.
Now when I say use the card, you do not need to carry a balance from month to month. Just use the card for regular purchases and pay the card off either immediately or at the end of the month.
It is also important to make sure your secured cards has to a line of credit above $1,000. A lower credit line card will count much less towards boosting your credit score. To increase your line of credit, it may require you to put down an additional deposit.
Also, if you get a secured card with a $300 limit, never have more than 35% of the limit on the card. Even though your initial limits may be low, you don’t want to max them out. You can always increase your limits by increasing your deposits. You can increase your credit limit by increasing your deposit with the card company.
I suggest getting more than one card so you can get as much good juice flowing to your credit report without having too many credit cards open. You could actually go with three if you wanted to, but no more than that.
Just make sure the card will report to the credit bureaus.
To Find Secured Cards, Click Here.
Step 3 – Enjoy Your New Legally Rebuilt Credit
If you follow these steps now in a year you’ll feel better about yourself and you’ll have substantially better credit.
After following these step it will take a year or so to get you up to the awesome credit score you are looking for.
To keep your score growing just make all your future payments on time and avoid defaulting again.
Many people who have lived through a period of bad credit are often credit shy, me included. For them, credit equals pain. So what they do is avoid getting any new credit. But this only prevents them from bringing up their grade point average.
This should do the trick for you.
FREE – How to Get Out of Debt Guides
Below you will find many of free guides and articles that address specific issues about debt and getting out of debt. But before you head off to those posts I’d like to invite you to read How Do I Get Out of Debt Quickly? Change Your Mindset. It is a very important post that addresses how to have the right mindset to best tackle your situation.
Important General Get Out of Debt Advice
- How Do I Get Out of Debt Quickly? Change Your Mindset.
- How to Get Out of Debt. The Honest and Unvarnished Truth.
- There is Life After Debt and It’s Awesome
- Debt Related PTSD and Financial PTSD Quietly Hurts Many
- How Do I Get Out of Debt? – Simple.
- Debt and the Theory of Dissaving. Why You Need to Take Action.
- What Repaying Your Debt Will Cost You in Retirement – Calculator
- The Universal Secret to Dealing With Debt
- Dealing With Debt – It’s All Bullshit
Bankruptcy Articles and Posts You Must Read
To get ready to read the information below with the right frame of mind, please first read How Do I Get Out of Debt Quickly? Change Your Mindset.
- How to Know if You Should File Bankruptcy
- So You Are Going to File Bankruptcy. That’s Great News. Congratulations.
- Easily Rebuild Your Credit After Bankruptcy
- The Truth About Bankruptcy Success Rates
- How to Get Out of Debt Calculator
- How Long After Bankruptcy Can I Buy a House?
- Is Bankruptcy Sinful and Bad or Right and Moral? An Examination
- What Does the Bible Say About Bankruptcy? Is Bankruptcy Scriptural?
- How to Get Out of Debt. The Honest and Unvarnished Truth
- The Emotional Seven Stages of Debt
- Getting a Job After Bankruptcy
- Chapter 7 Bankruptcy – What is the Truth?
- Low Cost / Pro Bono Bankruptcy Resource Locator
- Bankruptcy Should Be the Last Resort Many Say. But That’s Just Not True
- The Ethical Considerations of Bankruptcy
- Is Bankruptcy Right For Me?
- 14 Reasons You Should Not Avoid Bankruptcy
- How to Really Discharge Your Student Loans in Bankruptcy. Many Can. But Never Try.
- Life After Bankruptcy: How to Quickly Have Great Credit and Dumb Mistakes to Avoid
- How to Find a Great Bankruptcy Attorney
- You Have Not Failed if You File Bankruptcy
Life After Bankruptcy
Budgets and Budgeting
Calculators and Tests
- Money Personality Quiz and Test. What Are Your Spending Habits?
- How to Get Out of Debt Calculator
- The Hidden Cost of Credit Counseling and Debt Settlement
- Consumer Credit Counseling Pros and Cons. My Ultimate Guide to Understanding How Credit Counseling Really Works.
- The Hidden Cost of Credit Counseling – Calculator
Credit Score / Credit Repair Advice
- The Get Out of Debt Guy Free and Easy Credit Repair Guide
- How to Easily Rebuild Your Credit and Have Good Credit Again
Debt Collector Help
- How to Dispute and Ask a Debt Collector to Validate a Debt
- How to Deal With The Debt Collector
- Most Debt Buyer Lawsuits Foiled By Inability To Prove Debt Owed
- Hooray, You Are in Collections! The Debt Collector is Calling. The Debt Collector is Calling.
Debt Consolidation Loans
- The Ultimate Debt Consolidation Loan Guide: Getting Approved, Acting Smart, and Being Wise
- Best Debt Consolidation Loans
Debt Relief Program Issues or Problems
- How to Try to Get a Refund From a Debt Relief Company
- How to Avoid Getting Scammed When Getting Debt Help
- The Ultimate Consumer Guide to Checking Out a Debt Relief Company Before You Sign On the Line
- 10 Must Do Steps to Find the Best Credit Counseling or Debt Settlement Company for You
- How to Check Out a Business or Company to Avoid Getting Scammed or Ripped Off
Debt Settlement Advice
- Debt Settlement Pros and Cons. My No BS Guide to Settling Your Debt.
- The Hidden Cost of Debt Settlement – Calculator
- DIY Debt Settlement for Those Interested in Do It Yourself Debt Settlement – Podcast
- IRS Form 982 is Your Friend if You Got a 1099-C
Identity Theft Advice
- Life After Bankruptcy: How to Quickly Have Great Credit and Dumb Mistakes to Avoid
- Identity Theft Fraud Victims, Here’s Everything You Ever Need to Know to Fix the Mess
Life After Debt
Be sure to first read How Not to Get Scammed by a Mortgage Loan Modification Company.
First you’ll need to determine your current debt-to-income ratio. The target debt-to-income ratio under the Home Affordable Modification program is 31%. Use this free online DTI calculator.
Mortgage Modification Calculator
The mortgage modification eligibility calculator will ask you several questions and then show you which programs you may be eligible for.
Free Mortgage Modification Help and Counseling
If you have questions about the process or eligibility you can call 888-995-4673 and get connected with an mortgage modification adviser for free. This help is provided by government subsidized HUD Housing Counselors and they can be a big help in navigating the modification process.
In order to assist you, the housing expert will need to gather some information from you. Have the following documents handy:
- Information about your first mortgage, such as your monthly mortgage statement.
- Information about any second mortgage or home equity line of credit on the house.
- Information about the monthly gross (before tax) income of all household members contributing to pay the mortgage, including recent pay stubs if you receive them or documentation of income you receive from other sources.
- Information about your savings and other assets.
- Account balances and minimum monthly payments due on all of your credit cards.
- Account balances and monthly payments on all your other debts such as student loans and car loans.
- Your most recent income tax return.
- It may also be helpful to have: A letter describing any circumstances that caused your income to be reduced or expenses to be increased (job loss, divorce, illness, etc.), if applicable.
You can also get free help and housing counseling from a local HUD approved counselor. You can find your local free housing counselor, here.
Contact Your Mortgage Company
Not sure if your mortgage company offers modification programs? Not all do. You can contact your mortgage company to ask them about mortgage modification programs you might be eligible for. Click here to find your mortgage company.
Want to know the net present value (NPV) of your home for the mortgage modification process? No problem, use the free NPV calculator to find out. The NPV calculator is right here.
The calculator can be used by homeowners who have been denied a HAMP modification because of their NPV result or can also be used by homeowners prior to applying for a HAMP modification to help them better understand the NPV evaluation.
No Advance Fees
The Federal Trade Commission has a Mortgage Assistance Relief Services Rule which prohibits advance fees for mortgage rescue services or mortgage modification help.
- Repossession: Why it happens, what you can do, and your rights before, during and after repossession
Student Loan Resources
You can use the following student loan resources to help reorganize, discharge or forgive your student loan payments.
The Overall Guide to Dealing With Student Loan Debt
Discharge Your Student Loans in Bankruptcy
Student Loan Forgiveness and Discharge Information
- The Ultimate Guide to Dealing With Student Loans You Can’t Afford
- Obama Student Loan Forgivess Program
- Military Student Loan Forgiveness and Discharge Programs
- Student Loan Forgiveness or Discharge Can Create a Huge Tax Bill. Watch Out!
- Student Loan Public Service Loan Forgiveness – New Forms and Documentation Released
- Government Student Loan Disability Discharge
Student Loan Consolidation Information
- Student Loan Consolidation Payment and Interest Rate Calculator
- Student Loan Consolidation Opportunities and the Best Way to Lower Your Student Loan Payments
- Federal Direct Consolidation Loan Online Calculator
Specific Federal Student Loan Repayment Program Information
- Standard Repayment Plan
- Graduated Repayment Plan
- Extended Repayment Plan
- Income Based Repayment Plan
- Pay As You Earn Repayment Plan
- Income Contingent Repayment Plan
- Income Sensitive Repayment Plan