Credit Repair FAQ

GENERAL QUESTIONS

With good credit, your mortgage, auto or loan payments can be cut in half! A low credit score directly increases the size of your monthly payments. Improving your credit score can save you hundreds of thousands of dollars over the life of a loan!

Seventy-nine percent of all credit reports contain errors. This means that most credit reports can be improved instantly. The next step is to work with creditors to negotiate the removal of accurate negative items. Credit repair is especially effective after a credit score after collections, delinquency, bankruptcy, divorce, Identity theft or foreclosure. We will guide you every step of the way to order free credit reports, remove errors and negotiate the removal of negative items. Our credit repair company creates powerful letters written by attorneys that place the burden of proof on the credit bureaus and creditors. You will monitor your progress every step of the way. Our financial experts will also help you to keep your finances organized so you will never wind up with bad credit again, and this is how to fix your credit quickly.

Most people see positive results within 30 days. If your credit score does not increase within 60 days, we will refund 100% of the total amount you have paid.

Credit repair is 100% legal and it works because of the law. The Fair Credit Reporting Act gives you the right to dispute any item on your credit reports. If an item cannot be verified it must be removed. This will immediately boost your credit score. Even accurate negative items can often be removed or negotiated away.

Contrary to what credit bureaus want you to believe, credit training does work in most circumstances. But it only works if you are getting the best advice from an experienced professional. Anyone with a credit score below 720 can benefit long-term from the advice and information provided through credit education. However, there are limiting factors that will prevent us from helping you. Two main factors of how to fix your credit are your financial situation and/or the time frame in which you need to reach your results. It is possible to remove anything from a credit report, even accurate items. For instance, if the creditor makes mistakes or does not adhere to the specific time frame, the negative item may be removed.

Through our services, 93% of our clients see their credit score increase 10 points or more in the first 35 days. Over the full 180-day term of the contract, the average credit score increase is 80 points. See full statistical breakdown.

With our assistance and document processing, our clients have had great success with bankruptcies, foreclosures, collections, charge-offs, repossessions, medical bills, credit card debt, inquiries, late payments, old addresses, judgments, tax liens and student loans.

We will guide you through our credit repair services process from start to finish, and prepare all your documents for you. We have a superb knowledge of credit scoring and experience working with creditors and credit bureaus. It may be difficult for an individual to communicate with creditors and bureaus without an adept understanding of their techniques and regulations in place for credit reporting. We have spent a great deal of time learning the laws that will help you to remove negative information on your report and how to fix your credit, which enables us to offer you a flawless, money-back guarantee system.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR CREDIT SCORE

A credit score is a number generated by a mathematical formula that is meant to predict creditworthiness. Credit scores range from 300-850. The higher your score is, the more likely you are to get a loan. The lower your score is, the less likely you are to get a loan. If you have a low credit score and you do manage to get approved for credit, then your interest rate will be much higher than someone who had a good credit score and borrowed money. Therefore, having a high credit score can save many thousands of dollars over the life of your mortgage, auto loan or credit card, which is why credit repair services are so important!

35% – Payment History
30% – Debt Ratio
15% – Length of Credit History
10% – Types of Credit
10% – Number of Credit Inquiries

A credit report is the equivalent of a consumer’s financial report card. It details your credit history as it has been reported to the credit reporting agency by the lenders who’ve given you credit. Your credit report lists the types of credit you use, the amount of time your accounts have been open and if you pay your bills on time. Your credit report is used by many different companies to make decisions about you. Credit card companies, banks, mortgage companies, auto loan companies, insurance companies, as well as landlords and employers check credit reports to check on your credit history. Why? They know that if you were responsible in the past, you are likely to be responsible in the future.

“Credit scoring” is a system creditors use to help determine whether to give you credit and how much to charge you for it. When you apply for credit, the creditor or lender will often request your report (or credit score) from one of the big three bureaus (Equifax, Experian or TransUnion). In some instances, however (such as when applying for a mortgage), the broker or lender will pull reports from all three. These bureaus grade your “credit-worthiness” by calculating your credit history against a system called the Fair Isaac Model. Fair Isaac uses a variety of factors to determine your score, such as your bill-paying history, the number, and type of accounts you have, late payments, collection actions, outstanding debt and the age of your accounts. The final outcome of those calculations is referred to as your FICO® score. FICO® scores range from 300 to 850, but the majority of scores fall between the 600s and 700s. Higher scores indicate lower credit risk. A FICO® score above 700 will get you a very good mortgage rate. A score above 720 will get you an excellent rate. A score below 700 will make it very difficult for you, and definitely should be worked on with credit repair services. Correcting mistakes on a credit report in order to repair an undesirable credit score takes time. It’s your responsibility to correct mistakes that may appear on your credit report. To do this, you must regularly obtain copies of your credit reports and contact each of the big three credit reporting bureaus to correct any misinformation and this information is how to fix your credit over time.

The bulk of the report will be filled with credit information showing the following:
  • Identification Information:
    • The first thing listed will be your name, date of birth and Social Security number. These are used for identification. Employment information may also be listed. As well as current and past addresses, spouse’s name (if you’re married) and date of birth are also listed for further identification.
  • Public Record Information:
    • Data from federal, state or county court records. Bankruptcies, liens or judgments and other types of claims. The information listed will be; Date filed, court case number, amount, status and date settled.
  • Collection Agency Information:
    • A collection is an account that has been turned over to a collection agency by one of your creditors because you have not paid the account as agreed. Listed here are; collector’s name, originating creditor/client, original amount, balance due and account number.
  • Credit Information:
    • This section makes up the bulk of the report. It will include mortgage, installment, revolving, other, open and closed accounts. It will also list accounts in good standing, accounts currently past due, negative account history, merchant/creditor name, subscriber number, account number, date opened, date closed, current balance, highest credit limit, the highest amount of credit used, and your repayment history. Your repayment history is shown as a string of numbers showing your payment history. With each credit account, you will see listed the account’s status and history. They are generally marked as follows:
  • Current Account:
    • “Account Open” or “Closed in Good Standing”
  • Closed Account:
    • Credit Account Closed
  • Paid Account:
    • Closed Account or Zero Balance
  • Credit Account Reinstated:
    • Previously Closed Account Now Available for use
  • Foreclosure:
    • Collateral sold to collect Defaulted Mortgage
  • Collection Account:
    • Credit Account Assigned to Collection Agency
  • Inquiry:
    • Your credit information was requested by this company or Creditor
    • Inquiries that display All authorized and legitimate requests to see your credit history.
    • Inquiries that DO NOT display These inquiries are displayed only to you and are not considered when tabulating your credit score. Examples of this inquiry type include a pre-approved offer of credit, insurance or periodic account reviews by an existing creditor.
    • Consumer Statements If for some reason you cannot prove that a negative item is an error or if you are having a disagreement with a certain creditor, you have the right to tell your side of the story in 100 words or less. This statement will be ADDED to your report.

Items cannot come back as long as the item is current or paid at the time of removal or if the collection is older than three years. This holds true except in very rare circumstances.

Medical information (unless you provide consent)
Notice of bankruptcy (Chapter 11) more than ten years old
Debts (including delinquent child support payments) more than seven years old
Age, marital status, or race (if requested from a current or prospective employer)

There are two sides to the credit score battle. Sometimes, the creditors and the credit bureaus have done absolutely everything right and we have no case against them. On average, clients are able to remove 70% of the negative items from a credit report.

  • Delinquencies (30-180 days):
    • Delinquencies may remain on file for seven years; from the date of the initial missed payment.
  • Collection Accounts:
    • May remain seven years from the date of the initial missed payment that led to the collection (the original delinquency date). When a collection account is paid in full, it will be marked as a “paid collection” on the credit report.
  • Charge-off Accounts:
    • When a delinquent account is sent to a collections company. This will remain for seven years from the date of the initial missed payment that led to the charge-off (the original delinquency date), even if payments are later made on the charged-off account.
  • Closed Accounts:
    • Closed accounts are no longer available for further use and may or may not have a zero balance. Closed accounts with delinquencies remain for seven years from the date they are reported closed, whether closed by the creditor or by the consumer. However, the delinquency notation will be removed seven years after the delinquency occurred when pertaining to late payments. Positive closed accounts continue to be reported for ten years from the closing date.
  • Lost Credit Card:
    • If there are no delinquencies, credit cards reported as lost will continue to be listed for two years from the date the creditor is contacted. Delinquent payments that occurred before the card was lost are reported for seven years.
  • Bankruptcy:
    • Chapters 7, 11, and 12 will remain on one’s credit report for ten years from the filing date. A Chapter 13 bankruptcy is reported for seven years from the filing date. Accounts included in Bankruptcy will remain for seven years from the date reported as included in the bankruptcy.
  • Judgments:
    • Remain seven years from the date filed.
  • City, County, State and Federal Tax Liens:
    • Unpaid tax liens remain for fifteen years from the filing date. A paid tax lien will remain on one’s score for 10 years from the date of payment.
  • Inquiries:
    • Most inquiries listed on one’s credit report will remain for two years. All inquiries must remain for a minimum of one year from the date the inquiry was made. Some inquiries, such as employment or pre-approved offers of credit, will show only on a personal credit report pulled by you.

TOOLS AND RESOURCES

The three nationwide consumer reporting companies now use one website, one toll-free telephone number, and one mailing address for consumers to order their free annual report.
  1. To Order Online:
  2. To Order by Phone:
  3. To Order by Mail:
    • Complete an Annual Credit Report Request Form and mail it to: Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281. You can print it from www.ftc.gov/credit.
You may order your free annual reports from each of the consumer reporting companies at the same time, or you can order from only one or two. The law allows you to order one free copy from each of the nationwide consumer reporting companies every 12 months.
You Need to Provide:
  • Your Name
  • Your Address
  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Date of Birth
  • If you have moved in the last two years, you may have to provide your previous address.
  • To maintain the security of your file, each nationwide consumer reporting company may ask you for some information that only you would know, like the amount of your monthly mortgage payment.
  • Each company may ask you for different information because the information each has in your file may come from different sources.
The only authorized online source for your free annual credit report from the three nationwide consumer reporting agencies is www.annualcreditreport.com. Neither the website nor the companies will call you first to ask for personal information or send you an email asking for personal information. If you get a phone call or an email — or see a pop-up ad — claiming it’s from www.annualcreditreport.com. Neither the website nor the companies will call you first to ask for personal information or send you an email asking for personal information. If you get a phone call or an email — or see a pop- up ad — claiming it’s from www.annualcreditreport.com (or any of the three nationwide consumer reporting companies), it’s probably a scam. Don’t reply or click on any link in the message. Instead, forward any email that claims to be from www.annualcreditreport.com (or any of the three consumer reporting companies) to spam@uce.gov, the FTC’s database of deceptive spam.
There are also other circumstances that will allow you to receive free credit history reports. Under federal law, you’re entitled to a free report if a company takes adverse action against you, such as denying your application for credit, insurance, or employment and you ask for your report within 60 days of receiving notice of the action. The notice will give you the name, address and phone number of the consumer reporting company. You’re also entitled to one free report per year if you’re unemployed and plan to look for a job within 60 days, if you’re on welfare or if your report is inaccurate because of fraud or identity theft. Otherwise, any of the three consumer reporting companies may charge you up to $10 for another copy of your report within a 12-month period.

Contact one of the following agencies:
Under state law, consumers in Colorado, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Vermont already have free access to their credit reports.
For more information, see “Your Access to Free Credit Reports” at www.ftc.gov/credit.