“A good credit repair company will scrub questionable credit report items against other laws—like the Fair Credit Billing Act, which regulates original creditors; the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, which oversees collection agencies; and others that address medical illness, military service, student status and other life events,” Padawer said.
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.
Scoring models consider how much you owe and across how many different accounts. If you have debt across a large number of accounts, it may be beneficial to pay off some of the accounts, if you can. Paying down your debt is the goal of many who've accrued debt in the past, but even after you pay the balance down to zero, consider keeping that account open. Keeping paid-off accounts open can be a plus in your overall credit mix since they're aged accounts in good (paid-off) standing. You may also consider debt consolidation.
You'll find a lot of helpful information under the Credit Education tab. Ovation keeps their blog updated regularly on topics ranging from Bankruptcy to Payday Loans and much more; if you feel a little lost just browsing through the most recent posts, you can click on any of the topic categories on the right side of the page, underneath the Recent Posts header.
Many people don’t have the time to do their own credit repair or don’t understand how to make their case. So they look into hiring a credit repair company to dispute errors for them. These companies can charge a fee for their legwork—more on how that works below. There are times when the extra help is valuable. For example, if you have multiple errors across credit reports or you’ve been the victim of identity theft.
"I worked with a different credit repair provider approximately 10 years ago. The experience then compared to my experience now with CreditRepair.com is completely different. I am a "skeptic" and do not trust credit repair businesses easily. The representatives are professional (always) and I have the opportunity to get text and email updates on every transaction that is performed on my behalf to improve my credit score. There is nothing I can think of that is not already being done that could improve the service."
"My experience was initially great until I had a medical emergency and had to cancel my account. I cancelled my account and was told that the following payment would still be drafted of $89. As of the date that I cancelled I was unable to access my account although I was being charged another $89. I would not recommend any company that does not have a fair cancellation policy. I cancelled my account with Equifax and was still able to access my account and was not charged any extra fees."
Can you count on Credit Repair Consultants to deliver? Probably not. According to the BBB, they requested documentation from the service in 2013 and 2014, to show that they were in compliance with the FTC's standards for credit repair. As of our review, the BBB still hadn't received it. We also saw that it took the company more than 6 months to respond to a customer complaint online, and that the most recent articles in the "Credit Repair News" section of the website was from nearly two years prior to our review.
"To be 100% honest, right now I feel like I'm on the bottom of the totem pole. After talking with CreditRepair.com I feel so much better. Anybody could do this stuff but when you're working as much as I am, you don't have the time to do it, and it's just peace of mind throughout the day to know you are helping me and that eventually I'm going to overcome by bad credit situation."
One major difference between the two plans Ovation offers: you'll be in charge of submitting disputes on their lower-priced package. They'll guide you through the process of determining what to send and to whom, but you'll be responsible for making it happen. If you prefer that your credit repair service submit those dispute letters on your behalf, you'll want to choose the Essentials Plus package.
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.
Here’s a good example of when a reputable credit repair service can help you do something you may not be able to accomplish yourself. If you have a collection account that’s been sold to a few different debt collectors, it can appear on your credit report multiple times. That information is accurate but having that one debt dinging your credit score multiple times doesn't meet the “fair” standard that Padawer mentioned.
The cloud-based credit repair software is simply more productive and affordable. Downloadable software can be expensive, unreliable and the prices will only increase as your business grows. But with this cloud-based online software, your company can continue to grow, and you will simply continue the routine of opening a browser and logging in. Aside from its competitive price, you can rest assured you will never experience crashes with 99.9% uptime. You don’t want software that starts bugging out every few days. This program has 99.9% uptime, which means you don’t need to worry about losing time and money. In addition, your data will be backed up on a secure backup server as you work.
A number of businesses claiming to do credit repair have sprung up over time, and while some may provide services that can assist consumers, the actual results of their efforts may be questioned. In some cases, credit repair may require legal as well as financial expertise. Depending on the extent of the problem, it may require simply cleaning up misunderstandings, while in other cases professional intervention is needed.
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