A Few Tips To Develop Your Credit Score Starting From Scratch

By Marc Marseille

Your credit score is the single most important factor that decides your financial success. The process of re-establishing your credit rating after having suffered a job loss or some sort of family emergency may seem impossible, but the truth is starting from scratch is more simpler that you think. The hard part when it comes to starting over and raising your credit score is maintaining a consistent payment regimen with the credit bureaus.

Step number one to tackling your credit issues is getting a copy of your credit report. You may find that getting a copy of your report may reveal several accounts that are reported erroneously or does not belong to you. Examples of common errors are; accounts being listed twice, paid accounts still showing balances, and bad reporting of late payments. The most effective way to remove negative is items is to seek assistance of a credit attorney.

The second step in the process of improving your credit bureau involves putting some positive items on your report. Your credit report may be clean as a whistle but without some positive accounts, you will not be able to generate a credit rating.

One solution to establishing new credit is obtaining a secured card. These companies allow you to put a deposit into a savings account and they will give you a credit card with the same amount as your initial deposit. Characteristics of reputable secured card companies are: they offer a little 25% higher limit on your deposit, they increase your limit every 3 months, they report to all 3 credit bureaus, and they do not disclose your credit cards as a secured to the credit reporting agencies.

Step number three is a little technique that is rumored to soon be obsolete but for now still works. This technique involves getting a spouse or family member to add you on their account as a co-applicant, assuming that they are paying on time. The only problem with using this technique is if they actually stop paying on their account, it will also reflect negatively on your credit report.

The last step should be the first step and it is also the one that involves the most discipline. Paying your bills on time is the single most important aspect in deciding your credit worthiness with creditors. You current status is the deciding factor on whether creditors give you a second chance or disregard all your hard work.

The credit bureaus will also continuously raise your credit score a few points for every month of timely payments. If you can afford to continuously make 2 years of on time payments, you will have succeeded in improving your worthiness with the financial institutions.

In summary, to take control of your financial future, you must first take baby steps. These steps include getting a copy of your report, removing bad accounts, adding good credit history and paying your bills in a timely manner. You may also want to consider step #5; getting identity protection to protect your good credit score. - 31382

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