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I asked three very well known credit experts one simple question. “What are 2-3 habits that everyone building or rebuilding credit should have or adopt to be successful.” There is so much content out there that is either out of date, misleading, or simply wrong and on of our goals at CR Publishing is to provide a place for the consumer to get honest and effective credit repair help and information!
Many of you know Dan Sater. Dan has been serving as our “In-House” Credit Expert and answering all of your questions on our Members-Only Forum. Dan has also been in the credit repair industry for over 20 years and has helped thousands of his own clients and members of the CR Publishing Family build and rebuild their credit… Here is what Dan had to say when I asked him “What are three habits that someone should have or adopt when building or rebuilding their credit?”
It is hard to pick only three habits to have in building or rebuilding credit.
MAKING TIMELY PAYMENTS
The first must be to Pay Bills On Time!! If you are currently behind on a payment, you must stop the bleeding and bring that account current. A recent late payment will be devastating to building or maintaining a good credit score. If one has a great score, one late payment can drop their scores by over 100 points. Because this is so important, and we all have busy life where it is easy to forget about making a payment, I recommend that you use your banks autopay system to be set up to pay at least the minimum payment in case you forget to make the payment.
KEEPING CREDIT CARDS OPEN
Don’t close credit cards that you decide you don’t want to use. FICO has said for many, many years that you never, never, never get any benefit by closing a credit card – it can only hurt your scores. From a scoring point of view, any credit line you close will reduce the available credit limits and can lower your credit scores. If you have a number of credit cards you don’t want to use, (and they are paid off) put them in a drawer or another safe place. BUT, you need to take them out once, or better, twice a year and make at least a small purchase to keep them active and ensure that they will continue to be scored by the credit scoring model.
USING YOUR CREDIT EXCESSIVELY
The third bit of advice to build and maintain the best scores is not to charge your credit card balances anywhere near your credit limits. We call this maxing-out your credit cards.Let me impress how important this is for your credit scores. If you have good credit, no lates, collections charge offs or even public records appearing on your credit report, youwill lose a lot of points from your scores. How many points? If you have 5 or 6 credit cards and you max out those cards, you will see a point drop of 100 to125 points! This can take a perfect credit profile with no negatives reporting down from a prime, to a sub-prime rating overnight.
The second credit expert that we asked is Jose A. Rodriguez Jr. Jose is the CEO at Clean Slate Credit Solutionsand has personally helped hundred of people rebuild their credit, keep great credit, and even helps businesses build credit and get financing. Clean Slate’s mission statement is something that proves how dedicated they are when it comes to helping people with their credit. “Our mission is to help you escape credit prison and enjoy life with obtaining the credit you always wanted. With our “5 Plates to a Clean Slate” program, we will help you delete or correct inaccurate or unverifiable information from your credit report and empower you with the knowledge you need to maximize your credit scores.” Now lets take a look at what Jose has to say about building habits to build and rebuild great credit:
1. When building or rebuilding credit, you want to ensure that you are applying for the right cards. You can’t expect to get approved for an American Express or top tier Chase credit card, when your credit score doesn’t warrant that type of approval. I always tell my clients to start small. Get a secured credit card with their local bank or credit union, and possibly with Capital One & Discover who offer great credit builder/starter credit cards. They have to be able to show the top tier credit cards that they are responsible and can handle paying their credit cards on time. So in a sense, prove them selves. Even though they might have to put money down to get approved for credit cards in the beginning, it will be worth it in the long run because it is allowing them to get rewarded with a good credit score as they pay their credit card every month.
2. After getting approved for a secured credit card, you want to ask an immediate family member if they can add you as an authorized user to one or two of their credit cards. Please make sure that you are asking someone in your immediate family and not a friend. It has to be someone that you have an actual relationship with. The credit card that you get added as an authorized user to, should not have any late payments and should not be maxed out. By getting added to this credit card as an authorized user, you are adding the positive payment history and the length of history from when that card was open to your credit report. Imagine of the credit card is 10 years old, has a $10,000 limit and was never late. This would really boost your credit score and help you in the credit building process. I must add that you should never , I mean never purchase tradelines or authorized user accounts from a broker or another company. That is actually illegal since you have no direct relationship with person.
3. Now that you have one or two secured credit cards, and one or two authorized user accounts, (make sure they hit your credit report, usually within a month of applying and getting added), you want to continue to make on time payments and pay more than the minimum payment that is due. It is not necessary to pay off the entire balance, just make sure you do not go over 30-40% of the credit limit. If you have a $200 secured credit card, do not put more than $80 on the card or it can drop your credit score. Around the 6 month mark you paying your secured credit cards, you are going to ask the bank that you got the credit card from if they can switch the card to a regular credit card and return your deposit. Then, you want to apply for a department store credit card like Target or Kohls. Then in less than a year, you will have the credit score needed to apply for the top tier cards, like American Express and Chase.
So with these three steps, I promise you that if done correctly, you will build your credit properly and increase your credit score the right way. Another great tactic is that once you start applying for credit cards and are paying your cards on time & not maxing out your credit limit, you want to ask for a credit limit increase with your credit cards every 8 months. By doing this, it will increase your credit limit which will then increase your credit score.
The third expert we heard from was Derrick Harper Sr. of Point Boosters Credit Repair
Derrick was kind enough to hop on the phone with me around 7pm and share some of his amazing wealth of knowledge (you might be seeing more from him later)! He even gave us access to a FB Live Video that answers the question and then goes into some super tactical solutions that you can go and implement right away to rebuild your credit.
Wait what? Why should I Ignore my credit score?
There are so many reasons but we decided to just name the 7 most important.
If you don’t need to buy a car what the point of having a great FICO Score? It’s just kinda silly to put in the effort of building and keeping great credit especially if my girlfriend loves my beat up honda. Its got character!
She has great credit and pays for everything since my credit card only has a limit of $500 a month. I can get used to that!
Looks like we were wrong! You should pay very close attention to your credit score!
To get started right away with building great credit check out our Starter’s Guide To Building And Protecting Your Credit!
Are You The Parent (OR Grandparent) Of A New College Or High School Grad?: A Post From David M. Frees III J.D.
Are you the proud parent of a newly minted and soon to be “independent” adult? Ready to cut the cords and to stop paying their monthly bills?
Well, now’s the time to get ahead of a very dangerous and counter intuitive situation – The FICO credit score. And, this is one area of financial life where what you don’t know can hurt you and your child who is heading out into the world.
And by the way, when they first go out on their own, credit cards seem like a good way for them to pay the bills…. until they have gigantic and unmanageable debt AND as a result a bad credit score.
You see, nobody ever teaches our kids how to build and keep great credit.
And most kids don’t know that their credit score will radically affect whether or not they can buy a home, to buy or lease a car, rent an apartment, get reasonably priced auto or homeowners’ insurance, get a job and more.
That’s right, a good or bad credit score can mean a yes or no on these and many other buying decisions and bad credit or no credit rating can mean higher prices – much higher prices for car, rental, and home mortgage payments and even prevent your new adult from getting a job.
And I don’t know about you but once they move out of your house it’s hard (on both kids and parents) to have them move back in…especially if that could have been prevented with a little good advice and some “credit secrets”.
So let me tell you two stories to help you to understand why teaching our kids (as soon as possible) about how to get and to keep good credit.
Ray told me that he had always paid cash, even for his car and truck, and never had a credit card. He’d never really done anything wrong but……his credit score was only 680. You see that having absolutely no credit history can be just as harmful as a damaged credit history. He just hadn’t done a few things that really mattered.
Now that may not sound too bad, but he and his fiancée didn’t even qualify for a mortgage. His wife-to-be had a better score and could qualify on her own but they really needed their combined income to get the house that they wanted.
Even in the best-case scenario, where they did qualify, their interest rate, and therefore their monthly payment, would have been dramatically higher.
In this case, there was a happy ending.
I knew CR Publishing’s Alex Frees (yes he’s related) and put them in touch with Alex and The Starters’ Guide To Building and Protecting Your Credit.
With a few carefully executed strategies (described in The Starter’s Guide To Building and Protecting Your Credit) he was able to take his score from 680 to over 775. Those kids got their mortgage and their first home as a result of working hard, saving money for a down payment, AND having good credit scores.
So what’s the moral or the story?
Help to educate your recent grads…. before they make credit mistakes…about what to do to build and keep good credit.
Some of the rules are obvious – pay your monthly bills on time – and others are less apparent. For example, did you know that there are good reasons to get a second credit card and some bad reasons that can damage your credit score.
Are you aware that it’s not just how much credit you have available, but how much of the available credit you have used.
Do a few important things right and your score goes up. Miss them, or do them the wrong way or in the wrong order and you can easily damage your score.
Well, if you’re like me – a parent but not an expert on consumer credit scores – then getting your kids access to educational resources like the Credit Repair Intelligence System (a comprehensive guide to building and keeping better credit) and the super inexpensive The Starter’s Guide To Building and Protecting Credit can mean the difference between their life long financial success and independence and that knock on the door where they want to move back in.
Help your new grad to get a better start in life. It’s easy and effective to help them learn…. right from the start…how to build and keep a great FICO credit score.
Enjoy the exciting life of being a parent and grandparent!
Dave Frees, JD
P.S. I promised you a second story so here it is:
I knew another recent grad. He started life with a credit card balance that he couldn’t pay off. That in and of itself isn’t a problem. But, as the balance grew (he was using it to supplement his income) he was also using more and more of his available credit line.
This negatively affected his FICO score and the interest rate on his balance went up…and so did his monthly payment.
The next thing you know he missed or was late with a payment and his score dropped again.
He got another card but did the same thing there (and his interest rate was higher from the start).
It didn’t take long before the rent on his apartment was too much (along with his credit card debt) and he could no longer qualify to buy a new or used car.
Moving back in with his parents was the next step.
All of that could have been avoided with a little advanced help. Help your kids to study up on FICO. To learn more about credit and how it’s computed. And, if it makes sense get them a copy of The Starters Guide For Building and Protecting Your Credit or The Credit Repair Intelligence System.
The short answer is yes. In fact, it can be a great way to avoid late penalties and taking a hit on your credit score while you are on vacation or traveling to an area that you wont have the ability to pay your credit card bills. Many companies and lenders, including Discover and Barclays will allow you to switch your due date as long as it is within that billing cycle.
How is this useful though? In the past if you were traveling you either had to have access to the internet to pay online or pre-pay your statements to avoid any late fees or score penalties. This might still be a great option though because pre-paying statements and getting those balances paid down can free up more spending power without having to worry about going over that magic 30% number we have talked about so many times.
But If you are unable to pre-pay or you know that your budget depends on a check coming in you are able to move that due date and still make on-time or early payments before, during, or after your vacation.
It is important though to stick to your budget each month and especially for your vacation. Be sure to check out 3.5 Tips To Keeping Your Wallet & Credit Safe This Summer before you plan your next summer trip.
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We have all been there. During the summer or during holidays our credit limits get all used up. We all know that we should really try to keep spending under 30% of our limit each month. Things happen though and sometimes we go over. Yes this can and if you do it often enough WILL hurt your credit score.
Here’s the good news though…
If you have been making regular payments and have a fairly established history on your cards, you can actually ASK for a credit line increase. Increasing your credit line will reduce your credit usage and improve your Utilization Ratio. Thus you will see a relatively fast credit boost. And it will free up some room on your credit line for those budgeted vacation expenses.
Here’s the bad news…
If you don’t practice self control when it comes to your spending, it’s a really fast way to rack up a lot of debt. Now that you got that nice boost in available credit you need keep spending down. And always make sure you are paying your card regularly and if possible paying your entire statement balance each month!
Why you should do this before you travel: Well traveling can be expensive and this might be one of those out of the ordinary months where you spend over 30% of your credit line. If you have been saving though and have the money to pay for your vacation, you now need to have the credit. A boost in your credit utilization can free up your credit line for travel and other vacation expenses while either boosting your score or keeping it where it is now. And that’s a whole lot better than your FICO Score taking a hit when you are trying to enjoy your much deserved family time.
One more thing before you go outside to enjoy the summer weather this weekend… A lot of building and keeping a great score is self control and perseverance. The system is complex and can be confusing at best. But keep at it! Always keep working and never give up even if you feel like you have hit a wall. And remember it takes a lot of self-control to keep that score up.
But if you plan smart and ahead of your vacation you can have just as much fun and keep your credit and wallet intact.
1) It’s a smart idea to lower any debts well before the planned vacation. – Part of what makes up your FICO Score is Credit to Debt ratio or your utilization ratio. This really means how much of your credit line are you currently using? Paying down your balance frees up more of your credit line to use. Traditionally we should be spending between 10%-30% of your credit line. But remember… Never spend more than you have in the bank.
2) Create a daily cash or credit usage allowance: Having cash on hand is always a good idea. Especially if you are traveling internationally and have a card that charges International Transaction Fees. No matter what method of payment you are using you need to be setting daily spend limits. Basically make small daily budgets within your total budget.
- For example, plan to spend a total of $500 on food for the total trip? Maybe one day you will spend $30 and another you will spend $60 based off what you have planned for those days.
- If you go over your daily cash allowance or credit allowance dipping into the next day is alright but you will have less to spend later on. If you do need to spend over your daily allowance, try to spend that much less the next day to keep the rest of your budget intact.
3) If you ARE going to use a credit card on vacation (domestic or international) it is important to include those charges in your budget planning! When you get back from vacation and you get your card statement you will need to be able to pay for the transaction you made while on vacation. So be sure that in the budgeting process you take into account what your daily card limits are. Make sure you stick to them while on vacation, and make sure you move that money to a savings account or be sure to keep that in your bank before vacation to pay your bills after.
3.5) If you are traveling internationally and you have a card that charges International Transaction Fees you need to add about 5% for each transaction. This is important to take into account because by the end of your trip those fees can really add up and be a problem.
Its important to protect your credit this summer! The Starter’s Guide To Building And Protecting Your Credit can keep your credit in shape.
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Credit Building, Credit Repair, Credit Counseling and Debt Reduction/Negotiation – What’s The Difference? And What Do YOU Need to Know?
In most instances, rebuilding your credit, paying down your debt and regaining your financial freedom starts with “credit repair.”
Credit Repair should not, however, be confused with other credit services such as debt consolidation, credit counseling, or debt negotiation.
Credit repair is a process that you can do on your own, or, with the help of experts. If you don’t know where to start in the DIY world of understanding and building or rebuilding credit then visit creditrepairpublishing.com for effective tools and access to a community.
But, there are also companies that specialize in helping consumers dispute and delete inaccurate, unverifiable, and untimely items on their credit report that are being illegally reported. These companies very widely in quality. But if you need this type of help, you can call us for an appropriate referral.
You should also know, that at CR Publishing we believe that Credit Repair is also about helping you to understand your credit and showing you how to build positive credit so that you can have the positive credit profile and score you deserve.
And a better credit profile (FICO Score) means better pricing on everything from credit cards and credit lines to insurance and mortgages.
But what about these other things?
Debt consolidation is the process of combining all outstanding debts in one loan account. The purpose of debt consolidation is usually to lower monthly repayments or lower interest rates on a loan. It can be beneficial but be careful!
Debt reduction is, on the other hand, a process of carefully understanding debt and creating the best system to reduce your debt and then to build better credit and wealth. It is the foundation of being debit free. At CR Publishing we now all have a powerful resource The Debt Free Bible for those who are looking to reduce Debt and to become Debt FREE. Click here for access to this resource.
Credit Counseling is advice given by counselors to people about how to use credit responsibly and how to get out of serious debt. When a person participates in credit counseling their creditors may note it in their credit reports.
The fact that they have resorted to a credit counseling program is a huge red flag for prospective credit grantors. Remember, paying off debts is a step in the right direction, but it does not necessarily restore or build your credit. credit.
Debt negotiation is when a 3rd party negotiates with creditors and establishes a payment plan on behalf of the debtor. Before starting debt or credit counseling, or debt negotiation consider the Credit Repair Intelligence System, The Debt Free Bible, or our amazing offer when you get both.
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It seems to me that there may be solid, usable methods to getting into the “VIP Departments” of the credit bureaus, and that there may be some real advantages to doing so if you can pull it off.
If you don’t already know, each credit bureau has a “vip department” where the issues and disputes relating to “important” people get taken care of.
The most obvious way to become a VIP is to be someone who can do some damage to the credit bureau: an attorney, a politician, a high profile business person or celebrity. There may be other ways to have your disputes handled by the VIP department, though.
One forum member, for example, reported that their disputes were being handled by the “priority” department because they had an attorney contact the bureau on their behalf. Will this work for all of us? Probably not all the time, no, but we may have other options.
Are you a VIP? If so how did you get there? Seriously, if you’re reading this and you care to share the details with the world, please feel free.
As for our part, we will keep working and researching to see what may come of this potentially powerful angle to credit repair. Stay tuned, and I’ll try to keep you updated as we learn more about how to become a VIP.
Today I thought I’d share a little snippet of knowledge that I believe is extemely useful and powerful. I’ve been doing research for an upcoming advanced credit course, and this is something that has popped up a couple of times, and that I find really intriguing. If you’re a member of the forum, there is a good chance you’ve seen this discussed in some form or another.
Here is the basic idea: instead of attacking your negative items head-on, find indirect ways of affecting your credit profile that will yield the same results.
The best example of this is disputing name and address variations. Many consumers and professionals have found that by simply disputing old/outdated addresses and other similar personal information FIRST, some negative accounts just “fall off” their report automatically. The reason this works deals with how credit reports are generated and how credit is reported by creditors… but regardless of the nitty gritty details, it does work.
Most professionals agree that the very first thing you should do when cleaning up your credit is get rid of all your incorrect and outdated addresses and personal information (name misspellings,etc). This type of information is the easiest to dispute, meets the least resistence from the bureaus, and often results in more “difficult” items falling off without them ever even being disputed directly.
There are several more “indirect action” methods, as I’m calling them now, that when combined create a whole arsenal of under-the-radar tools for consumers and credit repair professionals that are both effective and low-impact.