Originally posted 2012-03-10 23:24:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Many people are reluctant to admit that they have bad credit. Bad credit is caused by inability to pay financial debts, such as those caused by credit cards or loans. Bad credit can be troublesome, but it can be repaired. The tips found in this article will help you with credit repair. At the same time, make sure that you have paid back all of your current remaining credit card debt consolidation or debt consolidation loans.

Consider keeping current credit accounts that do not have annual fees open. Simply using these accounts to make a small purchase every once in a while and then promptly paying off the balance is a far better way to improve your credit than closing all your accounts at once. A bulk closure of credit accounts can actually hurt your credit rating. When you dispute bad reports with the credit bureaus, always focus on specific charges you want lifted. Complaining about your credit score in general is a bad idea. There is little that the bureaus can do about your credit status as a whole, and they will not appreciate your demands to the contrary.

Don’t apply for a ton of new credit. Every time a creditor checks your credit report in consideration of extending credit to you, that inquiry is logged. Too many inquiries reflect negatively on you and will lower your credit score. This only includes hard inquiries that you have authorized. Any inquiries done without your permission are known as soft-pulls and have no effect on your score. Pay off your credit card balances in full every month. This will get reported to the credit agencies, and help to raise your score. It will also show potential creditors that you are a responsible person. If you are unable to pay the full amount, at least pay more than the minimum. This will also be reflected on your credit reports.

Instead of worrying when your credit card payments are due and what the minimum is, pay them in full once a week to ensure you’re on the road to credit repair. Consider paying through the credit card company’s website to see how much is due. Pay it through my bank and you won’t have to worry for another week. Don’t be late on your credit card payments. This will make sure that you maintain a good credit status. If you can’t afford to pay off the balance, at least make the minimum payment. Every time you pay late it is put on your credit report and will hurt you if you ever need a loan taken out.

Don’t use all of the credit available to you. Credit agencies use a debt to available credit ratio when calculating FICO scores. When debt is at a high percentage, the credit score is lowered. Keeping available credit on every account that you have will not only help your score, but will also give you some options should there be a costly emergency. To get a negative remark removed from your credit report, you can also contact the originator of that remark directly. This gives you a chance to negotiate with the originator and come to a compromise. If both of you come to an agreement to remove the negative comment under certain terms, be sure to get that in writing. Sometimes that can be a more efficient way to fix the negative item.

As you can see, rebuilding your credit isn’t going to happen overnight. It requires effort and dedication to the task. Our credit scores are used in the decision making processes that affect so many aspects of our lives. Using these tips provided will lay the groundwork you need to be able to have those decisions start going your way.

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