It is easy to lower your credit, whether it be with shopping sprees or having too many credit cards. There are some things you can do to turn your credit around.
Having poor credit makes financing a home a nightmare. If your income is a factor you may qualify for a FHA loan, which has lower standards and makes the federal government your lender in a sense. You may even be able to secure your down payment and closing costs through an FHA loan. It depends on if you qualify.
If you have credit cards with a utilization level over 50%, then pay them down until they are below 50% utilization. Credit card balances are among the factors taken into account when determining your credit score. Maintaining balances over 50% will lower your rating. You can attain lower your balances by using balance transfers to move debt from accounts with higher balances to those with lower balances, or by simply paying off some of your higher balances.
Avoid paying off high interest rates so that you don’t pay too much. It is important to know the terms of your original agreement for the debt you incurred. Usually if you agreed to the terms the terms will be upheld as legal. If you believe the charges are excessive and your debtor will not negotiate down the interest and other additional charges, state laws might provide you with additional avenues to pursue a reduction in these charges. Federal law provides that when you are billed by a collection company the fees and interest cannot exceed the amount of the original debt. However, you have entered into a legal agreement that requires you to pay accrued interest. It is possible that you can sue a creditor and claim that the interest rate charged is unreasonably high.
One of the first steps of improving your credit score is ensuring that your bills are always paid. You must pay them on time and in full. Once you start paying your past bills off, you will notice an immediate improvement in your credit.
Before you hire a credit counselor, make sure that you have done your research. There are a lot of unscrupulous agencies scattered in among the few legitimate credit counselors that are really there to help you. You’ll find that other ones are just scams. Knowledgeable purchasers will always make sure that the credit counselor in question is legitimate before hiring.
It can be stressful to try and figure out how to improve your credit, but if you keep at it, you can make things better and see the results you want. With the tips above, you are better prepared to take action and get your credit situation back where it should be.