How to Get Errors Removed From Your Credit Report

Some estimate that more than 70% of us have errors on our credit reports!

These can range from incorrect personal information such as:

  • Social Security Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Current Address
  • Accounts that you have paid off still showing a balance due!

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Since your credit report is so important, you owe it to yourself to not only check it for accuracy, but also learn how to correct mistakes.

First, if you have not looked at your credit report, you can request a FREE Credit Report from www.annualcreditreport.com.

There are also numerous sites you can sign up for and pay a fee as well.

Once you download the report, save it for future use.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU FIND ERRORS

  • Print a copy of the page that has the error you want to dispute.  No need to copy the entire report.
  • Circle the error.
  • Write a brief, legible explanation of why you are disputing this entry.
  • Prepare your "evidence" such as:
  • copies of cancelled checks
  • copy of Drivers License or something showing correct DoB, etc.

NEXT:

It is much easier and you will get results much quicker if you go online to open a DISPUTE with each of the 3 major credit bureaus.

Here are the links:

Equifax

Experian

Transunion

Each bureau has a little different way they want you to open the dispute.

Just follow the instructions and you'll find it's really simple.

 

NOW WHAT?

You are supposed to receive a reply from each of the bureaus in about 45 days or so.

They are also supposed to send you a CORRECT COPY of your credit report.

As with anything else, you will most likely have to follow up, so make sure to SAVE ALL OF YOUR DOCUMENTS, ETC.

 

WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOUR DISPUTE IS DENIED?

There should be information in your credit report that will tell you who to call or contact about your account.

If your account has been delinquent for a long time, you should be able to negotiate a settlement rather than having to repay the entire balance!

This can be a lot of work and frustrating, but worth the effort.

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Easy Guide to Managing Debt

guide to managing debtAt some point in our lives, most of us have borrowed too much. If you're in over your head, don't despair. But make no mistake: You must learn to live on what you earn.

First, stop making excuses about why you're in debt. Don't blame the credit card companies or your parents. Put that energy into reducing your debt.

Debt can be extremely stressful, so tell someone you're in financial trouble. If you can't talk to a family member or friend, contact an organization that deals with debt reduction.

Then get a handle on how big your problem is. You can start with a free debt analysis, or you can sit down with pen and paper. When you have no idea how much you owe, simply establishing a number is a critical first step.

Don't avoid the B-word

The best way to start reducing debt is to set up a budget. It's not a punishment; it's a way of knowing exactly where your money goes. You'll need to add up your income and subtract your expenses, then set up a plan. 

Don't lie to yourself. Be honest about your spending habits and you'll end up with a more realistic budget.

  • Budget more than the minimum on credit card payments. Paying the minimum is better than nothing, but you wind up paying a lot more in interest as you chip away at the balances.
  • Start an emergency fund -- a savings account that should grow to at least three months of expenses. Even $10 a week can help if it means you don't have to visit a payday lender two months from now. Without an emergency fund, unexpected costs or loss of income can drive you deeper into debt.

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What's your plan?

Use your budget to help you plan your debt-reduction strategy. List all of your debts, from the highest interest rate to the lowest. Aggressively pay down the highest-rate balances while making on-time minimum payments on the others. Your budget will dictate how much you can devote to paying down your balances each month.

In addition, consider these tips:

  • If you have the money in savings, pay off what you can. The amount of savings income you get is usually dwarfed by interest rates you pay on your debts.
  • Use any extra cash -- bonuses, extra paychecks, lottery winnings -- to pay down debts.
  • Volunteer to work overtime, or get a second job.

If you can't earn more money, you'll need to spend less. Try these tips:

  • Eat at home when possible. Avoid buying lattes and fast food. 
  • Go cash-only. After the bills are paid, allot yourself a certain amount of cash for gas, groceries, etc. When the cash is gone, the fun is done. 
  • Forgo premium cable-TV channels and high-speed Internet service. Your public library typically not only offers free Wi-Fi but computer access as well.

Face up to your credit cards

Once you're out of debt, how can you stay that way? Of course, stick to your budget. In addition, figure out how to deal with credit cards, which likely got you into this mess in the first place.

  • Stop charging right now. 
  • Cut up all but one of your cards, the one with the lowest interest rate. Use that card only for emergencies. 
  • If you continue to use your credit cards, pay in full every month and avoid interest charges altogether.
  • Call your creditors and ask for lower rates.
  • Don't use retail-store credit cards for the discounts. Chances are that card carries a high interest rate that you'll have to deal with if you don't pay off your balance each month.

When the collectors are knocking

If you've gotten in so deep that debt collectors are at the door, know your rights:
  • They may not falsely imply that they are government representatives or that you have committed a crime.
  • They may not tell you that you will be arrested if you do not pay your debts.

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Whatever you do, don't give up. You didn't get into debt overnight, and you won't get out that quickly. Getting out of debt takes time and patience, but it pays big dividends down the road.

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How to Eliminate Credit Card Debt Once and For All

how to eliminate credit card debtEvery day we get asked, "What’s the best way to eliminate credit card debt?”

In order to eliminate credit card debt, you have a few options:

  • Hit the lottery and pay them off in a lump sum!
  • Continue making minimum payments
  • Enroll in a Credit Counseling Program or Debt Management program
  • Enroll in a Debt Settlement Program
  • Bankruptcy

Since winning the lottery is not likely, most people make the minimum payments to their creditors.  Requiring small minimum payments is a trick the credit card industry has been fooling consumers with for a long time.  If you make just the minimum payment on your cards, it could take 10-15 years and end up costing you 3-4 times the original amount you borrowed because of the interest rates and hidden fees.

Debt Management (formerly referred to as Credit Counseling) makes sense if you can afford the required payment of the program.  Legitimate DM programs will arrange repayment plans with each of your creditors that will lower your interest and fees and usually allow you to pay off all of your cards in about 48 months.  If you can afford the payment, this makes sense.

Debt Settlement is for those who cannot do any of the above.  Legitimate Debt Settlement companies will negotiate with your creditors to satisfy the debt for around 50% of the debt.  Your credit report will show this debt as having been charged off, but then it will show that it has been “paid as agree” or “account settled”.

If you cannot qualify for any of these programs, then bankruptcy may be your best or only option.  Be sure to seek the advice of a competent bankruptcy attorney.  It’s not a bad idea to get a couple of opinions when looking into bankruptcy.

Do you need help deciding what is the right option for you? Our Solutions Specialists are ready to review your current financial situation with you and help you decide which option is the right fit for you.  Give us a call or click on the link below for a FREE Debt Elimination Analysis today!

1-877-492-4109

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