You've probably seen advertisements for credit repair on television or heard them on the radio. Maybe you've even seen credit repair signs on the side of the road. You don't have to hire a professional to fix your credit. The truth is, there is nothing a credit repair company can do to improve your credit that you can’t do for yourself. Save some money and the hassle of finding a reputable company and repair your credit yourself. The next steps will show you how.
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Credit repair is the process of disputing negative marks on credit reports to get them removed, which raises your credit score. Credit histories often contain inaccurate or invalid items that damage your score. If you check your credit and your score is lower than you anticipated, it could be because of incorrect information on your credit reports.
There are a lot of reasons that your credit may be in rough shape. Most are related to your spending habits. And, if you missed a few payments or your debt levels are too high—think over 30% of your total available credit limits—disputing errors won’t help you. You’ll have to make some changes to improve your credit scores instead. And you may have to wait a bit to see an uptick.
In an industry like credit repair, reputation is everything when choosing which service to use. In that regard, Pyramid comes up short. To find out their track record with the BBB, we had to find them under their alternate business name, Credit Concierge Services LLC. The BBB lists that business as "NR" (No Rating) status until more data comes in; when we found that listing, there was only one review posted and it was negative. We found just over four dozen mostly-positive reviews specifically for Pyramid around the web, but in an age where we know that customer reviews can be faked (unlike what you find on TopConsumerReviews.com!), it's hard to know which ones are truthful without trusted validation like the BBB.
"When you first start the program after reading the previous reviews, you hope you're not the next one to get suckered. Which is how I'm feeling right now! $89.00 a month for something that shouldn't take this long. Only small improvements in credit score and already out almost $500.00 bucks. I should have chosen a different company that can deliver faster results instead of milking my wallet month to month. They sound good on radio and in other advertisement, but the actual results don't live up to the HYPE!!!!!! It shouldn't take this long to get the maximum results."
The Credit Pros have some indicators of a good reputation: an "A+" rating as an accredited business with the BBB, along with some positive customer comments. We also like that they offer a solid satisfaction/refund policy: you can cancel your service at any time, and you can get a full refund if they don't force the removal of any errors on your credit history within the first 90 days of your service.
You'll probably have a limited amount of money to put toward credit repair each month. So, you'll have to prioritize where you spend your money. Focus first on accounts that are in danger of becoming past due. Get as many of these accounts current as possible, preferably all of them. Then, work on bringing down your credit card balances. Third are those accounts that have already been charged-off or sent to a collection agency.
"So far my experience with CreditRepair.com resulted in positive results. They have been working non-stop to help me repair my credit scores. I have hopes that in a few short months my score will continue to increase (which it has been steadily thanks to CreditRepair.com) so I will be able to start looking for my new home before the end of the year."
"CreditRepair.com is about the only email I look forward to receiving weekly. I am so grateful and amazed how CreditRepair.com has made an impact not only on my credit but also in my life, I can breathe again, and the past mistakes are behind me. Thank you to all the Staff that works hard to accomplish the results I was hoping for! P.S. I love the online chat, quick and easy."
Will you get effective credit repair services from Credit Assistance Network? Their reputation is puzzling. On the one hand, they've been in the industry for more than 10 years and have only positive reviews on the Better Business Bureau website - and yet, their rating with the BBB is only a mediocre "C+". We also felt misled by the CAN website, which said that their rating was a flawless "A+". Can you trust a company to repair your credit if, from the very start, they're not fully honest with their own reputation?
The honest answer? Yes, and no. Credit repair is a great way to improve your credit score, if the problem is caused by a disputable error. If your credit score is poor because of a giant pile of debt — debt that you legitimately owe — then credit repair may not be the right solution. Determining which path to take will be based upon those considerations as well as any other factors that may be unique to your situation — and this is something only you can decide.
The best credit repair service includes credit education tools that help you maintain your improved credit once it’s repaired. Credit coaching helps you better understand how different decisions affect your creditworthiness. Many credit restoration companies provide credit score simulators to see how specific actions are likely to affect your credit score. Financial education tools help you better manage your future credit profile after your reports are cleaned up and your score is improved.
All plans include 1-on-1 consultations with a certified FICO professional, unlimited disputes, letters to creditors, and pulling your credit report. You should expect it to take up to 60 days to receive your credit report - which also means that you may not see any changes to your credit history for the first two months that you're a client. Keep that in mind as you decide whether you want to be a per-month or pay-as-you-go customer
If you pay a charge-off in full, your credit report will be updated to show the account balance is $0 and the account is paid. The charge-off status will continue to be reported for seven years from the date of charge off. Another option is to settle charge-offs for less than the original balance if the creditor agrees to accept a settlement and cancel the rest of the debt.
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