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Simple Way to Repair Your Credit

To improve or repair your credit, you must first obtain a credit report and credit score. There is plenty of free information about credit available online. You cannot put a plan into place if you do not know what circumstances you are dealing with.

Contact creditors and see which will allow late payments or installment-based repayment plans. When you know which creditors won’t accept delayed payments or installment plans, you can move forward and focus on those particular bills first. It is important to know how high the rates and penalties are. Focus on the higher interest accounts to avoid less penalty fees.

While reviewing the accuracy of your credit report, be sure to document any information that is not correct. If you find mistakes in your report, contact the credit bureau for instructions on how to correct the information. Write down anything that may be your fault and try to fix them.

You have certain rights when it comes to dealing with collection agencies. Collection agencies cannot send you to prison for not paying a debt and they cannot threaten you verbally either. Take the time to learn the laws regarding collection agencies, as they differ from state to state. There is no reason for a debt collector to threaten you or engage in verbal abuse.

You will want to keep any balance on your credit card at 30 percent or less. If you keep balances low, interest will not kill you, and it will be easier to manage.

You have a few options for dealing with debts that have been turned over to collection agencies. See if you can consolidate your debt into one payment plan. Keep in mind that collection agencies have to make a profit to survive, so they will typically be agreeable to working with you. Avoiding communication with them will not lead to a resolution of your debt situation and may instead hinder your progress. You should always be truthful with your debtors. The agency may agree to lower the amount you owe in total, so long as there is a concerted effort on your part to try and meet expected payments despite your difficulties.