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Repair Credit Rating

Author : Arthur Cooper

Your credit rating is something that should work for you and not against you. This is by far one of the most important aspects of your life. Your current credit rating will help to determine your financial opportunities in the future. A credit rating that is bad will prevent you from being able to get approved for a loan or mortgage. Unfortunately, many people don’t take the time to research their own credit report. This is a huge mistake. Finding out about your flawed credit or a report with inaccuracies when you are trying to get a mortgage or a loan is terrible timing. You need to be aware of your credit history before you attempt to get approved for a loan.

If someone stole your identity to do fraudulent and illegal activity, this may have affected your credit as well. There are people out there that have every intention of using your personal information for their own benefit. This is the case for many people that find discrepancies in their credit report. After some careful inspection of your credit report, you may find that someone has taken out a credit card in your name or have gotten some other line of credit. This situation needs to be corrected as soon as possible. You can start by contacting the authorities and then the credit reporting agencies to report the illegal activity. Any activity that is affecting your credit history must be done by you. If you were not responsible for it or aware of it, you will not be penalized.

To view your credit report, you need to get the right information. Each year you are entitled to receive one free credit report from each of the credit reporting agencies. These agencies are Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. These major credit reporting agencies can be contacted by phone or online. Once you do get your credit report, you need to check it in detail. The more thoroughly you check the report, the more likely you are to spot inaccuracies that can negatively affect your credit rating. Remarks that are more than seven years old should not appear on your report. These remarks may include collections accounts, late payments, charge offs, and credit inquiries.

If you have bad credit, don’t feel like it is the end of the world. You have an opportunity to repair your credit. Any financial mistakes that you have made can be corrected or erased over time. There are a few steps that you should follow to improve your credit rating. You need to notify the credit reporting agencies of any misstates as soon as possible. You should strongly consider sending them a letter template that can be provided to you by a company like CreditElves. This will help you to construct a letter that will communicate the information in an accurate and professional manner. After the agency receives the letter, they have thirty days to issue a response. If they agree with the information and documentation that you have provided, they will remove the mistake from your credit history.

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