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Credit Repair Tips

It doesn't matter if you have one small problem on your credit report - or if you think you have totally destroyed your good credit - there are programs and products that will help you recover from your financial problems and get you back on track to building a good credit rating.  This won't happen overnight - but you can make it happen!  (more below)

Repairing Credit on Your Own

1. Start by contacting credit agencies to get a copy of your credit report.

2. If there are errors on your credit report, you can contact the credit-reporting agency to request an investigation.

3. Contact your lenders to renegotiate payment plans.

Using Credit Counseling Agencies

If you decide to use a credit counseling agency, the Federal Trade Commission provides the following tips for choosing a credit counseling agency and questions to ask regarding services and fees and repayment plans:

1. Interview several credit counseling agencies before signing a contract.

2. Before signing a contract, check with your local Better Business Bureau, state attorney general's office, or local consumer protection agency to check whether there have been complaints filed against the company. A reputable agency will send you free information about itself and the service it provides without requiring you to provide any details about your situation. If the agency won't do this, find another agency.

3. Ask questions about services and fees and a repayment plan.

Only consistent efforts and making payments on your debts will improve your credit. 

Beware of companies that:

* Promise to erase your bad credit or remove bankruptcies and judgments from your credit file. No one can have accurate information removed.

* Promise you fast and easy credit repair. If you have bad credit, it can take years to repair your credit legitimately.

* Offer to create a new identity for you. If you make false statements on loan applications, or use a fake Social Security number, you will be committing fraud. You can also be charged for mail or wire fraud if you use the mail or telephone to apply for credit and provide false information.

* Want you to pay for credit repair services before providing any service. The company might not be legitimate.

* Will not tell you your rights and what you can do yourself. Remember you can order the credit report yourself. If you see errors on your report, you can also request that the credit reporting agencies make appropriate changes.

Keep in mind, many states have laws that regulate credit repair companies.  The details may be available on the legal site for your State.