Once you have your credit reports, read through them completely. If you have a long credit history, your credit reports might be several pages long. Try not to get overwhelmed by all the information you're reading. It's a lot to digest, especially if you're checking your credit report for the first time. Take your time and review your credit report over several days if you need to.
Though numerous companies claim they can clean up bad credit reports, correcting erroneous information that may appear on credit reports takes time and effort. The details cited to credit reporting agencies cannot be removed by a third party. Rather the details, if misrepresented or inaccurate, can be disputed. Credit repair companies may investigate such information, but so can the individual the report is assessing. Individuals are entitled to free credit reports every 12 months from credit reporting agencies, as well as when an adverse action is taken against them, such as being denied credit based on information in the report.
Unfortunately, Credit Repair has lost some credibility within the industry. Why? According to the Better Business Bureau, the company was asked to prove their claims that the average customer sees progress every month while using their services - even seeing improvements in the neighborhood of 7% of questionable credit report negatives being taken off their credit reports every 30 days. As of the date of our review, the BBB was still reporting that they had not received proof of those advertising claims. Those claims are still prominently featured on the Credit Repair website.
A credit repair company initiates credit challenges to bureaus when they notice errors in your credit reports. Credit report disputes involve challenging credit bureaus, drafting goodwill letters to remove late payments and contacting data furnishers to verify old debts. Credit repair specialists review the results and, if necessary, escalate the dispute process.
On the other hand, we found that their client reviews were not all positive. You pay a lot for this service, so you expect to have measurable results and competent customer service, but many of the complaints we found said that the attention received after signing on the dotted line was very different from the sales pitch beforehand. Company reps seemed to respond almost exclusively to compliments online, but we didn't see the same attention given to address problems or complaints.
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.
"I was very skeptical when we first started with CreditRepair.com and didn’t think they could do too much to help me but we’ve been with them for 2 years now and have seen over a 200 point improvement. For the first time ever I was able to get a loan with the lowest interest rate and when they told me that I asked if they had the right person. I work 60+ hour workweeks and so for me, working with CreditRepair.com was exactly what I needed. I don’t have time to work on my credit by myself but when I put it in their hands, they took care of everything for me and made it so simple for me with little to no effort on my part. I would recommend CreditRepair.com to anyone I know that needs help with their credit. It has been an amazing experience for me and my wife."
*Ranking information is based on a compilation of reviews from the following third-party review sites: Bestcompany.com, Credible.com, BadCredit.org, and TheCreditReview.com. Credit.com has examined each review on the third-party sites listed and compared those sites' findings with the individual credit repair services' websites to derive the Credit.com reviews shown here.
Credit repair companies typically charge a one-time setup fee between $15 and $100 plus monthly fees between $60 and $150. Many companies offer a discount for couples who both need affordable credit repair services. Some credit restoration companies charge per successfully deleted item, and others charge a flat-rate fee for a specific term, usually six months. Keep in mind that legitimate credit repair companies won’t request service payments until they do some work for you.
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.
This company is bad and I mean BAD in the worst sense. They sent out a letter to one of the creditors I wasn't concerned about, but it ended up in my mail box because it was sent to the wrong address. Yes, my snail mail box. They had sent it as if I was the one who wrote the letter and as if I was only 6yrs old, seriously it was so bad I thought it must be from someone who had hacked my account. The letter was sent to my bank who I have a very good relationship with. I waited a few days and called credit repair and asked if this was from them, I was told it was. I then asked if they had their kid write the letter and was told that's just how they send out the letters because it confuses the creditor, what??? I told them there was only 2 creditors I wanted to rid from my reports but for some reason they decided what I wanted and was paying for was not what they wanted, who is paying the bill here? I am!! You do what I say to do and what you don't do is send letters to wrong addresses so they don't end up in my mail box! I wish there was a way to add an attachment here I'd show the pathetic letter they sent which is the very same they send out for everyone. 1 star is 10 too high for this or any other so called credit repair company. Don't waste money on something you can do yourself. Just look at the pathetic responses they give to the above complaints.
Credit Assistance Network is one of the few credit repair providers that offers a pay-as-you-go pricing structure. You'll make an initial payment of $179 (or $279 for a couple), which gets you access to one -on-one consultations with a certified FICO professional, debt validation/goodwill letters to creditors, cease and desist letters to collection agencies, and unlimited disputes. From there, you'll be charged for every deletion CAN is able to achieve on your account - $50 for confirmed deletions per bureau, and $70 for deletions from public records. That could add up very quickly, if you have multiple issues on your credit history.
"At first I was amazed with seeing how many items were being removed from my credit report, but at the same time I noticed CreditRepair.com was showing one score, but when it was time to pull my report and score again, they didn't even come close to what credit repair was showing. That was very frustrating to me. I joined November 2013 until July 2014, and sacrificed the $89 a month. I was with the program 8 months. I possibly would join again."
For the most part, Credit Saint's reputation is good: accreditation and an "A+" rating with the Better Business Bureau is strong evidence that they're helping people repair their credit in a way that is trustworthy and effective. There are also almost no negative reviews registered at the BBB for this company, which is impressive for a business that has been around for over 14 years. We found a few reviews that expressed frustration with Credit Saint's higher-than-average fees for credit repair services, but the company is very transparent with what you'll pay. We would like to see a clearer explanation of all of their services, particularly the "dispute avalanche".
Using a reputable credit repair company puts you back in control of your financial reputation. These services work on your behalf to reduce or eliminate any negative factors in your credit history, working directly with collection agencies, creditors, and even with the three primary credit bureaus. With the help of a credit repair company, you can improve your score and even put a stop to negative information being reported on your accounts. Most services take several months before you see measurable results on your credit report, so adjust your expectations accordingly.
Credit scoring models usually take into account how much you owe compared to how much credit you have available, called your credit utilization rate or your balance-to-limit ratio. Basically it's the sum of all of your revolving debt (such as your credit card balances) divided by the total credit that is available to you (or the total of all your credit limits).