The Credit Repair Journey

In today’s economy, credit repair has become increasingly important. Poor credit, like unemployment, is like a growing plague, both here in the USA and throughout the world. Many of us have felt the pinch of making ends meet, but some of us have found ourselves in a place where ends can’t meet. What good is avoiding the pitfalls of overextending ourselves if we’re already in a pit?Despite this, there is still a light at the end of the tunnel. It’s a difficult journey, but it can be done. There are so many options open, but use caution when deciding on which course you pursue. This article will hopefully help you in making an enlightened decision.The previous mention of repairing bad credit as being a journey is the best way to look at it. Whether you’re a do-it-yourself type, or you prefer seeking professional help, this journey can be met with many obstacles and schemes. There are no real overnight credit fixes. Just remember, it took some amount of time to fall into poor credit, and it will take some amount of time to get back to financial stability. Many schemes offer quick fixes, but the old adage “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” holds true.

The first step on the credit repair journey is getting a copy of your credit report, including a Fair Isaac Score. In case you’re wondering, the Fair Isaac Score is basically the overall score that the reporting agencies (TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax) use, by means of an algorithm, to determine your eligibility in obtaining credit. These reporting companies all work independently of each other, so all three must be encountered while repairing your credit. To the layman, this can be a daunting task. Without experience we just don’t know the legalities, or, for that matter, the proper wording involved in dealing with these agencies, little less the companies and debt collectors directly involved.Once the credit report is obtained, the next step is to decide which course you plan to follow – do it yourself or professional help. There are many articles, books, and software out there to help you if you prefer the do-it-yourself route. If you can, try to seek the guidance of self-help methods created by someone who at least has a background in this kind of help. Again, quick fixes, rarely, if ever, exist. If you choose to seek professional help, finding a reputable and long-standing credit repair company will be your best choice. Be aware that any company that asks for money up front is probably a scam. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission has outlawed such practices, and also has enacted laws allowing consumers access to one free credit report per year, and can also get another free credit report if that have had credit denied recently, are unemployed and are planning to work within the next three months, or are on public assistance. So, in all, the FTC is a great place to find out what your rights are while fixing bad credit. Another outlet to consider is debt consolidation, especially if you know that the bad marks on your credit report are true, or if you have disputed negative items on your report and have been refused.

Of course, the journey doesn’t end with repairing your bad credit, but continues by increasing your Fair Isaac Score, and maintaining financial stability. To go through the above processes and then return to the patterns that got you into trouble in the first place is, to say the least, not a wise choice. There are also many books, software programs, and financial advisors out there which can help you in all your monetary adventures. Your life is, at least in part, an investment, so invest wisely. Your future is up to you, so make the most of it. Best of luck!