Fix Credit Report – Improve Credit Score
Correcting credit errors such as charge offs and collections is not usually performed overnight. However, it is a quicker process if you dispute items in the proper order.
If your credit is a mess, chances are you have a variety of bad credit listings such as charge offs and collections. Some items are more damaging than others.
Ordered below is the list of negative items as they correspond to their severity.
Public Records/Bankruptcy are the most severe. Public records include tax liens and court judgments. These items are allowed to remain on your credit report for 10 years – as opposed to the seven years limitation rule that applies to other items.
When you file bankruptcy, you will have multiple negative credit items. You will have the bankruptcy itself as well as any items that were included in the bankruptcy case. All these notations are equally severe.
A single collection item can lower your score by as much as 100 points overnight. You should dispute any collection error as well as negotiate with the agency for a removal.
Foreclosure/Repossession are likewise very severe. These listings are severely damaging to your score and can keep you from getting the next mortgage or car loan.
A charge off is very severe. You may even have multiple listings on your report for a single charge off since it is bought and reported by third-party collection agencies.
A recent late payment surprisingly is equally bad as a charge off. The more recent a black mark is on your credit report, the more it lowers your credit score. Multiple late payments only make matters worse. The credit bureaus interpret multiple late payments as signs that you are having a financial meltdown.
Moderately severe items include a 30,60,90, or 120 day late payment. These items can either be disputed with the credit bureaus or negotiated with the creditor.
The credit scoring formula is biased more towards recent late payments. Older late payments should be given a low priority in your dispute process.
Incorrect Personal Information such as a wrong address or employer is not important. The credit scoring formula does not use this information to generate your score so it is less important compared to the items above.
In order to quickly clean up your credit report, you must challenge the most severe items first. It does no good to focus your time and effort on insignificant items like your employer or address.
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