Even the most careful person in the world can easily find themselves in a situation where their credit score is plummeting. Where’s the bottom at? You really don’t want to know. Instead of focusing on the negative, let’s focus on some useful ways you can begin to work to improve your credit rating.
There exist several non-profit agencies that can help you repair your credit. Instead of reducing the amount you owe (which gets reported negatively) you can work with these organizations who will liaise with the debt collectors to reduce the interest rate, which in effect reduces the amount owed.
To improve your credit worthiness, pay off your credit cards but DON’T close the accounts. It is an ironic truth that creditors want to lend credit to people who don’t really need it. Two of the major factors going into the computation of your FICO credit score are the amount of credit you have available to you and how much of it you are using. Paying down your credit card balances is the ideal way to improve your FICO score and bring expenses under control. As you accomplish this, there is a tendency to want to close the credit card account altogether to be done with it. Don’t do that! Retaining the account keeps the line of credit open and enhances your overall financial standing with creditors. Just set the credit card aside and don’t use it again except for serious emergencies.
In order to best manage your finances and your credit score, you should never max out a credit card. The best thing to do is to never charge more than thirty percent of your credit limit. Having a high percentage of your available revolving credit being used will reduce your credit score. Also, high balances take longer to pay off and accumulate more interest.
When working to repair your credit it is important to make sure everything is reported accurately. Remember that you are entitled to one free credit report per year from all three reporting agencies or for a small fee have it provided more than once a year.
An important tip to consider when working to repair your credit is to call your credit card companies and ask them if they would be willing to raise the limit on your credit cards. This is important because this will increase your total available credit and therefore work to improve your score.
If you want to repair your credit, do not keep a zero balance on your credit card. Lenders look to see if you can pay interest; they want to make money from you, so they don’t really care about your overall balance. Showing them that you have the funds to pay interest will improve your credit rating.
Knowing how to fix your credit score is only half the battle, though. Now that you’ve read this article and are privy to some new and helpful ways you can improve your plight, it’s all about putting this information into action in order to improve your credit rating. Just remember that anything’s possible with the right information.