title:A Guide to Do-It-Yourself Credit Repair author:John Mussi source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/business_and_finance/article_6301.shtml date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:07 category:business_and_finance article:

Having poor or bad credit can be a major burden, not only in your financial life but in other aspects of your life at large as well. Not only does it bring major problems into the act of getting a loan or credit card, but you may also be denied certain housing rentals and even employment opportunities. Unfortunately, getting your credit back into shape isn’t as easy as some might have you believe? with all of the scams and overpriced services involved with credit repair, it can be hard to tell who you can trust with your financial information.
Luckily, there is hope. Though it’s not always a quick process, it’s entirely possible to repair your credit on your own, turning your current bad credit into good credit in the future. The information below is designed to get you started along the path to credit repair, so as to help you to get the hang of it and keep you both out of bankruptcy and away from credit repair scams.
Basics of credit repair
Regardless of whether you do it yourself or have some help, credit repair works in pretty much the same way. At its most basic, credit repair is simply a process of paying off older debts and letting the negative reports that they spawned expire from your credit history while creating new positive reports that will replace them. This can take some time, depending upon how recent the negative reports are? of course, once your positive reports start to outnumber the negative ones the process will begin going much faster.
The first thing that you should do when attempting to repair your credit is to evaluate just how bad your credit is and check your credit history for errors; from that point on, it’s simply a matter of stopping negative reports and building up positive reports.
Checking your credit report for errors
Many people think that there is no way to check for credit errors, or that the method of correcting these errors is exceedingly difficult or drawn out. In truth, however, all that is needed to check for errors is a copy of your personal credit report, which can be obtained from a credit reporting agency for a fee or from certain local or national programs for free depending upon where you live. Once you have a copy of your credit report, look over it for unfamiliar entries or any accounts that should be closed that are still reporting.
Should you find any errors, write to the credit bureau and request that they look into the errors? they’ll investigate the items, and if they find that there is some error or don’t receive word back from the initiator of the item then they’ll delete it and all related negative scores from your report.
Eliminating older debts, establishing new credit
Once you’ve found any potential errors in your credit history and done what you can to correct them, you’ll be able to use the credit report that you have to identify any older debts that need to be paid off so as to stop them from adding negative reports to your credit history. The report that you received can be especially helpful with this if there are older debts that you’d forgotten about or lost track of.
At the same time, establishing a new line of credit or two can be beneficial in getting positive reports generated for your credit history while giving you a little bit of credit to work with. With patience and diligent repayment, you’ll find your credit turning around before you know it.

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