“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.
You're also entitled to a free credit report if you've been turned down for credit because of something on your credit report, if you're currently receiving government assistance, if you're unemployed and plan to look for a job soon, or if you think you've been a victim of credit card fraud or identity theft. Some states even have laws that let you get an additional free credit report each year. All these free credit reports should be ordered directly through the credit bureaus.
Opening several credit accounts in a short amount of time can appear risky to lenders and negatively impact your credit score. Before you take out a loan or open a new credit card account, consider the effects it could have on your credit scores. Know too, that when you're buying a car or looking around for the best mortgage rates, your inquiries may be grouped and counted as only one inquiry for the purpose of adding information to your credit report. In many commonly-used scoring models, recent inquiries have greater effect than older inquiries, and they only appear on your credit report or a maximum of 25 months.
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.
"It has been 4 weeks since the day I registered. I have also registered with Equifax Credit Bureau directly which increased my credit score twice as much as credit repair did not even change the info in their website. Every time I call them they tell me they have sent the requests. It will take months to reflect on your credit. Little different then what I originally expected. I am still registered."
In some cases, it's difficult to determine what to include as far as supporting documentation goes—that’s another way a credit repair company can help. For example, if you’re a victim of identity theft and a fraudulent account appears on your credit report, it can be tough to prove it isn’t yours because you don’t have any documents that relate to the account.
"I went and got a new car in Feb 2013 signed the contract and drove off with my new car. A few weeks later I get a call that the financing had fell through or that's what I was told so I returned the car after realizing it wasn't worth it with an interest rate at 22%. I decided to go ahead and start the process of having a house built but found out my credit score had been knocked down by 100 points so I called CreditRepair.com. I'm so happy with the outcome - I can't wait to see my results for the month of April."
With what they charge, is Lexington Law effective at helping people improve their credit history? As you'd expect with such a large business, the reviews are mixed. Most credit repair services are criticized for not making noticeable improvements in less than two months, but that's to be expected. But, Lexington seems to have a higher-than-average number of people who say that they didn't get prompt responses from company reps, not just that their reports didn't improve quickly. On the other hand, we found numerous people saying that their credit scores improved dramatically as they stayed with the service, usually for six months on average.
"I originally called just to get information, which I did receive plenty of. However, after speaking with a professional my mind was blown on what can, and should be done, and how creditors just don’t do what they are suppose to. So I immediately hired CreditRepair.com for credit repair services and in just a month they increased my score drastically. We still have a long way to go but I’m confident that it’ll get it resolved the rest of the way."
In addition, TurboDispute provides you with an efficient payment system integration (Stripe and Authorize) that allows you to connect your CRM account to your own merchant gateway and charge your customers when you create an invoice. With a “Pay By Credit Card” button appearing on every invoice, your clients can pay their invoice via their web portal. (Simply sign on to stripe.com and signup for an account).
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.
Credit repair companies can help when debt collectors attempt to collect an expired debt you no longer legally owe. Most credit repair companies employ lawyers to assist with these processes. The company’s employees send official cease-and-desist letters to get these collectors to stop contacting you. Negotiating with creditors may help remove inaccurate or out-of-date marks from credit reports, improve credit histories and increase credit scores.
Personalize the software to fit your company’s branding instead of keeping it under the TurboDispute name. Your clients will be oblivious to the fact that your business doesn’t actually own the software. On-site logins allow both customers and referrals access their dashboards by logging in through a domain name other than TurboDispute.com customized with your own company logo and contact information that match your website so that your customers will be unaware that you are using TurboDispute software.
Lenders and others usually use your credit report along with additional finance factors to make decisions about the risks they face in lending to you. Having negative information on your credit report or a low credit score could suggest to lenders that you are less likely to pay back your debt as agreed. As a result, they may deny you a loan or charge you higher rates and fees.