Having a damaging credit record can hurt you in many ways. It may prohibit you from making an important purchase such as a home, car, computer or vacation. Without a healthy credit report you are severely limiting yourself from possible lenders. If you do find a lender you will undoubtedly be charge exorbitant interest rates far exceeding what recipients would receive if their credit history is in good standing. So how can you fix your credit score if you’ve been less than diligent with repayments to creditors? Well contrary to what many advertising scams will tell you, you can’t fix your credit overnight. In most instances it takes 7 years for a payment infraction to be deleted from your credit report. If you were to file bankruptcy it would take 10 years. Obviously fixing the problem before taking such drastic measures is desired. Bankruptcy must be used only as a last case scenario and the implications must be fully understood before proceeding with such severe measure. Besides bankruptcy staying on your credit history for 10 years and posing large problems if you decide to seek out a financial lender, it can also impact other areas of your life. For instance you may be rejected from certain jobs, prohibited from taking on certain responsibilities and positions within your own company if you are a business owner and you will still be in the bad books of the people who you may require to lend you money.
There is no way to fix your credit overnight no matter what the advertisements claim. The bottom line is that if you are faced with difficult financial situation you must first look to fix the problem yourself through using basic budgeting guidelines. If you are not good at this, you may be able to hire a professional personal money manager to do this for you. Next you must figure out what your rights are and try to amend problems before they arise. In most cases, creditors would be wiling to work with you and come up with some repayment alternatives rather than sending your delinquent account to a collection agency. If it has gotten so bad that you have creditors calling your house all the time, you must research what your rights are. Collection agencies are heavily restricted by laws but that doesn’t stop some agencies from taking advantage of some less informed individuals. For instance, collection agencies are only allowed to call during certain times of the day and in most cases must cease all calls if you request them to do so in writing.
If you are experiencing financial problems the best thing to do is get informed. Learn the laws and research your options.
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