An important part of managing personal finances is understanding credit and maintaining a good credit history. There are many services available for individuals recovering from credit problems or trying to improve their credit score. Below are five terms to be familiar with when using credit repair services.
Credit Repair Service - A service that attempts to help consumers improve their credit rating or obtain credit. Credit repair services research and contest billing and reporting errors on a client's credit report. They also contact a client's creditors to attempt to negotiate reduced payments or fee waivers and to arrange reduced settlements or removal of collections status for accounts sent to a collection agency.
Credit Report - A record of a consumer's past borrowing and debt repayment produced by a credit bureau. A credit report includes a credit score, which is an estimate of the risk involved in lending to a consumer. In the United States there are three main credit reporting bureaus and each consumer is entitled to one free credit report annually.
Debt Consolidation - Taking out a loan to pay off several other debts. Debt consolidation combines many payments into one for convenience, to secure a lower interest rate, or to spread repayment over a longer period to lower payments.
Bankruptcy - A legal status through which an individual or business is discharged from some or all debt. When an individual declares bankruptcy, it will remain on their credit report for up to ten years.
Credit Counseling - Counseling services intended to help a consumer improve their credit score or develop a reasonable plan to recover from too much debt. Credit counselors assist consumers in understanding what factors influence their credit score and how to manage credit.
If you’ve had some issues with debt, you may want to look into a credit repair service. The specialists at a credit repair agency can help you get back on track.
The first thing your consultant will do is look over your credit history and report. This will contain your FICO score, or credit score. Your credit score and the rest of the report will tell them where your biggest financial needs are. They will help you identify opportunities for debt consolidation and offer you information on the steps to recovery.
Once they have identified your biggest problems, they will offer you advice on how to fix your credit score. One option to improve your score is to build good credit. You do this by opening a new credit card with a low balance. If you use the card on consumer goods and services, and pay it off every month, you will be taking steps toward recovery.
Of course, not everyone’s debt can be recovered. If you are in too much debt your consultant might advise you to claim bankruptcy. This should be the last option, however, as it can severely damage your credit making it hard to get loans, such as mortgages which are acquired when purchasing a new home.
For more information on repairing your credit, you should talk to a credit bureau. This company will find the repair program that is right for you. If you need additional information, try a nonprofit counseling service. This counseling helps consumers and businesses deal with managing their credit.