4 Steps To Rebuild Your Credit!

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Real Estate Agent with KELLER WILLIAMS REAL ESTATE, LLC

It's true, negative credit items can remain on your credit report for up to 7 years (up to 10 years for a bankruptcy). But this doesn't mean that you have to wait 7 to 10 years to begin reestablishing a good credit rating. Because credit scoring models typically lend more weight to your recent activity than to the mistakes you might've made in the past, you can change your habits right now and begin reestablishing yourself as a good credit risk for a home loan or mortgage refinance in just 6 to 12 months.  So if you have made some bad desions in the past financially, or if you've fallen on hard times, don't give up!  Read on to see some basic steps to take towards securing a good credit standing.

The following are a few Dos and Don'ts when it comes to rebuilding your credit:

1) Three months prior to securing your mortgage, DON'T apply for, close, or pay off any credit cards, loans, or other kinds of credit without speaking to your mortgage professional first. Any one of these actions, as innocent as they might seem, could seriously affect your credit score, adding significant costs to your mortgage should your score suddenly drop.

2) If you have a credit card account with an excellent credit history, DO use it - but use it strategically. In other words, use it only for small purchases that you can easily pay off completely at the end of the month. Remember, creditors like to see evidence of stability, so the goal here is to keep the good reports coming month to month without falling into the same financial traps that led to credit challenges in the past.

3) If you don't have a credit card, DO get a secured credit card. This is a great way to rebuild or establish credit quickly. Because this account is secured by funds that you deposit (typically between $100 and $400) you're not seen as a great risk to the card issuer because of your initial investment. Again, use this card strategically to build a strong credit history. Pay your bill on time every month, and it won't be long before you qualify for an unsecured credit account.

4) Finally, DO monitor your credit. Ask your mortgage professional to refer you to a professional credit repair company you can trust. Having an experienced professional on your side will allow you to focus on your long-term credit goals without having to make reestablishing your credit a second career
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Sean Allen
International Financing Solutions - Fort Myers, FL
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Hey Krista,

Great points on establishing credit and maintaining it. The biggest advise you gave was to consult with an experienced mortgage professional. Be sure they are experienced and can advise you corretcly, someone who is new in the business can easily lead you astray.

Sean Allen

Feb 20, 2008 03:11 AM #1
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Joe Adams
Major Mortgage USA/Branch Manager - Montrose, CO
Good morning Krista...... The secured credit card is probably the lease used piece of credit people need when they are restablishing or repairing their credit.  Well done
Feb 20, 2008 03:31 AM #2
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