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Upkeeping The Credit Report

James Banks

December 06, 2006

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The How to... of the Credit Report

The Credit Report is the document that identifies you in the credit market, shows all your financial moves and more importantly, your financial situation. For eaxmple, debts, loans, debt settlement and consolidation processes, and bankruptcy if you ever filed out for one.

People need to learn how to take care of the Credit Report in order to keep it as clean as possible. All negative or wrong information can damage your report and affect your financial life. Therefore, think twice before making any sudden decisions that could affect your report.

If your Credit Report already has bad entries, and they are affecting you, there are some ways to fix them in order to have a report completly clean again. This cleaning process may take some time, but it is efective and all you will have to do is stick to your plan.

Delete wrong information

Any wrong information that your credit holds can be fixed. All you need to do is contact the credit bureaus and ask for a rectification on the entry. The Bureaus will start an investigation and after this, the entry will be removed. If you want to do it yourself, simply talk to the credit reporting agencies, and they will surely talk you through the process.

One of the most harmful points that can affect your Credit Report, is identity theft. When this kind of situation arises, you should always take legal action in order to warn the authorities and avoid any permanent damage to your report. If not, this could lead you to serious problems, such as unknown debts and loans and even worse consequences. Alert the bureaus and place a fraud alert.

Delete negative entries

Sometimes the credit reports receive damage due to previous transactions with your former creditors. It is consider a negative entry if:

- Your report has lots of charged-off and delinquent accounts.

- Your accounts are being collected right now.

- Any of your accounts shows as settled.

The first thing to do, is to identify the entries that are hurting your credit report and try to fix them as soon as possible. The entries that in general affect your credit report the most are unpaid debts. If you are not able to pay your debts or keep paying your monthly installments, look for help from Debt Settlement companies. They will help you repair your credit report. A good counselor has to sketch a good repayment plan that besides settling your debts will also help you repair your credit as well.

The most harmful entry, without any doubt is bankruptcy, staying for as long as ten years in your report. Avoid bankruptcy for as long as you can. Try another way such as consolidation, settlement or loans. Nowadays there are so many ways for debt reduction that people should only think about bankruptcy as a last resort.


- you can always remove negative information from your credit report as long as it is not true. But if you filed for bankruptcy, it will stay on your report for as long as ten years.

- If a Credit Repair Company offers you the possibility to create a new credit file with a new social number, do not agree at all. This process is known as “File Segregation”, and it is completely illegal.

People need to check their credit reports frequently in order to identify the negative entries early and start the legal process. Take care of your credit report as you do with your personal assets.

Check these links to learn more:
Business Bankruptcy Filing Laws
Commercial Debt Counseling


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