Freedom Debt Relief is proud to be the leader in the debt settlement industry, having resolved more debt than any other company in the nation—over $9 billion as of June 2018. We look at your debt, your situation, and your goals to create a custom program that offers a great chance for success. And of course, we do not charge any fees until a debt settlement has been negotiated.
You can certainly dispute your credit reports online, but we don’t recommend it. While convenient, it’s the least effective option for trying to remove negative items. There’s no paper trail for you to refer to and it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. We advise that all credit bureau disputes are done through written letters with a return receipt.
It sounds like they cancelled $9000 of your debt. If so, they must file a 1099-c for that amount. It doesn’t really matter whether you agreed in writing or not. You may not be responsible for taxes if you qualify for the insolvency exclusion. We’ve written extensively about that. Read more here: 1099-C In the Mail? How to Avoid Taxes on Cancelled Debt
First off, I'd like to congratulate you on getting those marks removed from your report; I hope to have the same or similar success considering that I have 12 deragatory marks on my report (ALL MEDICAL BILLS). I have a question about the letters you sent out to the collection agencies. I'll give you some of my background. I'm 25 and my score is 586 via CK. I have one student loan for $4600 that I make payments on every month. In April, I decided to apply for a secured credit card (I acutally got approved, but had to make a deposit which is my current limit) because I wanted to start working on my credit (something I should have done years ago). I make the monthly payments on time too and try really hard to keep the balance under 30% of $200. I'm about $12,000 in debt and over half of that is the medical bills. Two of them were in 2008 from when I was 19 and the rest are from the last couple of years or so (I've never been able to afford insurance). I make $1400 a month and i simply can't afford to pay all of that. Not even in monthly installments after the 'real-time' bills I have to pay for. I wanted to know what I should say in my letter and what not. I know it seems silly, but I would REALLY appreciate all of your help with this. 
Using your home and your equity to secure a consolidation loan can be one of the quickest and safest ways to eliminate high interest debt. By using your home for collateral, you can greatly improve your chances of acquiring a low interest loan, and you also can borrow more than you would be able to through a personal loan. There are important differences to understand between second mortgages, refinances, and home equity loans, so please read our guide, browse our articles, and use our solution finder to receive your quote.
DO NOTHING, EXPECT NOTHING... Errors are bound to appear in your credit report. In fact, according to a 2004 report made by the National Association of State PIRGs (Public Interest Research Group) 25% of credit reports contain errors that result in people being denied credit! If you don’t review your report once in a while, you won’t know what’s reported in it. And then, when you apply for credit or employment and find that you are denied because of your credit, well… what do you expect?
Open a balance transfer card with 0% interest or a personal loan. It may seem counter-intuitive to take out another credit card, but balance transfer cards – which offer 0% interest for an initial period – can help you save money on interest, providing flexibility to pay down debt, Schulz notes. Personal loans, which offer a structured repayment plan, can also be helpful.
I have a Federal Student Loan that was taken out through a Trade School over 28 years ago, when I was 17-18, and it was only for aprox. $2,500. Over the years I have made payments that I could afford at that time. I was never in the position to pay it off. All these years later the loan is now owned by SalleMae and is at almost $14,000. ! I am NEVER going to be able to pay this! My life has not gotten any better.. What can I do?
The Capital One® Secured Mastercard® is another option for those who want to strengthen their credit score. This card offers a potentially lower minimum security deposit than other cards, starting as low as $49. Be aware the lower deposit is not guaranteed and you may be required to deposit $99 or $200. You can deposit more before your account opens and get a maximum credit limit of $1,000. There is a feature that will assist your transition from a secured to an unsecured card. Capital One automatically reviews your account for on time payments and will inform you if you’re eligible for an upgrade. However, there is no set time period when they will review your account — it depends on several credit activities. If you receive notification that you’re eligible, you will be refunded your security deposit and will receive an unsecured card.
SoFi also has several unique perks that we like, from referral bonuses for new members referred by current borrowers (both parties get a cash benefit), to unemployment protection that suspends payments required from borrowers - for up to 12 months over the course of the repayment term - who lose their job through no fault of their own. SoFi even provides help through its Career Strategy department to assist borrowers in their search for a new job!
Debt relief programs have been around for many years in one form or another. However, they’ve gained in popularity in recent years as more and more Americans have fallen into serious problems with their debts. One recent study reported that the average American household now has more than $16,000 just in credit card debt – not including personal loans, medical debts, mortgages and so forth. Also, the way that our economy has transformed from manufacturing to more of a service economy has caused a disruption that, in turn, has left many people unemployed or underemployed. And the harsh truth is that many people are knee-deep in debt because they badly mishandled their credit.
But change only lasts so long unless you have a plan. And you can’t change without a plan. That’s why you need to start with a budget. It’s a plan that puts you in control of every single dollar you have by telling them where to go. And if you’ve never made a budget before, that’s okay! It’s never too late to get started. We even created a free budgeting app called EveryDollar to take the guesswork out of making a plan. It gives you the tools you need and even holds you accountable so you can reach your goals and dreams.
Sending letters vs. filing complaints: why letters are better. While a handful of people have tried filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) about their credit reports, all have received back a generic statement that says that the FTC will not intervene in any dispute between a consumer and a credit bureau. In other words, you’re on your own. That’s why many people have taken to writing dispute letters referencing Section 609, or hiring a lawyer to help them fight against the credit bureaus.

With a balance transfer credit card, you can move existing credit card balances to a new credit card account. Since balance transfer credit cards offer super low introductory interest rates — sometimes 0% — for a specific number of months, you can pay the entire debt off with virtually no finance fees added (though many charge a transfer fee of about 3% to 5% to absorb the debt).
Mortgages are the most common types of loan modification. If your home is worth less than the remaining mortgage balance, modification matches the principal to the property value. Modifications were common during the mortgage crisis in 2008. However, as of January 1, 2017, the federally subsidized modification program (HAMP) ended. That means modifications are less common now.
I needed some help reestablishing my personal credit, so I contacted Credit Repair Solutions in Downey, California.  Rolando Castro and his staff obtained my credit report from the three credit reporting agencies and advised me how to go about reestablishing my personal credit.  The whole process took less than 72 hours.  i followed their advice and I'm on my way toward having excellent credit.  Prompt, courteous and professional.
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However, don’t believe a collector if they say they have ways of ruining your credit game forever. That’s just not true. Nothing you do can get you kicked out of the credit game forever. Any penalty you encounter will only set you back. But you can offset these setbacks by taking positive actions that help you move forward. So even if your period of financial distress puts you back at Square One, you can start again and get right back in the game.


Some states have state laws regulating credit repair organizations in addition to the federal laws. Many states prohibit any payment by the client prior to the credit repair organization rendering services. Some state laws define terms and reiterate business and financial industry laws as they relate to the credit repair organizations operating within their state. You should become familiar with the state laws for each state within which your credit repair organization operates.
Pyramid Credit Repair claim that, on average, their work will yield results in 45 to 60 days. For couples seeking credit repair, Pyramid offers an initial discount on their services. Their 90-day warranty can be applied if you’re not satisfied, regardless of the number of negative items removed. You’ll be reimbursed completely. While this warranty is a good selling point, Pyramid Credit Repair is not available in all 50 states.
Fortunately, there are several methods to reduce credit card debt – and maybe even eliminate it – in a consistent and logical manner. This can be done on your own, if you have discipline, but it’s often beneficial to partner with financial professionals, who can negotiate lower rates with lenders, refinance homes or create budgets that keep you on the right course.
I used to watch this TV show on MTV called I Used to Be Fat. The show documents young adults, usually high school seniors and high school graduates who want to lose weight before they start college. Each episode features a different teen. I absolutely LOVE this show. I like seeing the determination and perseverance of these kids, they are really focused on their goals. Most of them thought about quitting along the way but each one makes it to the end and they usually reach their goal.
Your credit score is separate from your credit reports. And your reports don’t include your scores. But, thanks to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, you can get free copies of your credit reports from the three main credit bureaus—Experian, Equifax and TransUnion—once a year. You can access all of your free reports thru AnnualCreditReport.com. Or get your reports directly from Experian, Equifax and TransUnion.
Fractional reserve banking has resulted in a transfer of wealth from the holders of currency to investors. Under fractional reserve banking the money supply is allowed to be increased whenever new interest-bearing loans are issued and is often constrained by a reserve ratio, which mandates that banks hold a portion of the wealth they lend out at interest in the form of real reserves. Many nations are in the process of eliminating reserve ratios.
* This debt can include mortgages, home equity lines of credit, auto loans, credit cards, student loans and other household debt, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. **The credit card debt figures in this chart represent revolving credit card balances — those that are carried from month to month — rather than all credit card balances. Total U.S. credit card outstanding debt stands at $1 trillion as of March 2020, which includes both revolving and transacting balances.
If debt is mounting and you continually find yourself struggling every month, it may be time to seek debt relief. An important part of selecting the best way to eliminate your debt is to realize when it's time to ask for help. Debt consolidation and debt settlement programs are both very popular ways to help consumers get out of debt in a short period of time, but are they right for you? Neither of these programs are available for people who are simply tired of paying their bills, but they are available to those who are already late with payments, have bills in collections or have had a sudden change in their income.
Paying them off more quickly than agreed might not help your scores — unless it also helps you reduce the amount of your overall available credit that you’re using. You want to aim to use no more than 30% of your limit (less than 10% is even better). Credit.com has a tool that shows you how much of your credit you’re using, and offers a plan to show you how various actions on your part are likely to affect your score. You’ll find it here: http://www.credit.com/how-it-works/?utm
Ideally, you will use a financial product with a lower interest rate to pay off debts charging a higher rate. The reduction in interest will help you save money you would have been required to pay had you not consolidated your debts. It also saves money on late fees, missed payment penalties and other consequences you may face when you have a difficult time managing debt. Depending on the size of your debt and the difference between the two interest rates, your savings may be worth thousands of dollars.
With debt consolidation, good or bad credit can make a big difference. Trying to consolidate debt with bad credit is not a great idea. If your credit rating is low, it’s hard to get a low-interest loan to consolidate debts, and while it might feel nice to have only one loan payment, debt consolidation with a high-interest loan can make your financial situation worse instead of better.

To see any major or fast credit repair, try to balance your credit utilization. In the credit industry, there is something known as the sweet spot, which we covered above. The goal with this tip is to get your credit utilization into this category, or 25%-45%. So, we highly suggest creating a game plan by setting aside all your debt and categorizing in terms of priorities. Ask yourself the following questions:
Here’s a good example of when a reputable credit repair service can help you do something you may not be able to accomplish yourself. If you have a collection account that’s been sold to a few different debt collectors, it can appear on your credit report multiple times. That information is accurate but having that one debt dinging your credit score multiple times doesn't meet the “fair” standard that Padawer mentioned.
Mortgages are the most common types of loan modification. If your home is worth less than the remaining mortgage balance, modification matches the principal to the property value. Modifications were common during the mortgage crisis in 2008. However, as of January 1, 2017, the federally subsidized modification program (HAMP) ended. That means modifications are less common now.
It’s all too easy to toss bills aside and ignore your debt problems. But the first (and most important) step to financial responsibility is facing the facts. Request your free annual credit report from the FTC-authorized website AnnualCreditReport.com (or call toll-free 1-877-322-8228) to receive a report from each of the major agencies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Compare the reports and note any discrepancies or errors.1
Unsecured loans, on the other hand, are not backed by assets and can be more difficult to obtain. They also tend to have higher interest rates and lower qualifying amounts. With either type of loan, interest rates are still typically lower than the rates charged on credit cards. And in most cases, the rates are fixed, so they do not vary over the repayment period.
All these benefits will be short lived if, after a few months, you find yourself with more debt in addition to your consolidation payment. Before you consolidate your debt, it is so important to look at how you got into debt in the first place. Sometimes the reason is beyond your control, such as a job loss (and this is why it is so important to have an emergency fund). A large percentage of people simply spend more than they earn. Either way, make a budget and a plan as to which expenses you will cut. Once you’ve paid off your initial debt, you can direct that money toward other goals.
As mentioned previously, revolving credit often traps people in a debt cycle because they can continue to spend on their credit cards after they’ve paid them off. By obtaining a credit card consolidation loan, you’ll be able to ensure that you don’t fall into this debt cycle. You will have a set term time to pay off the loan. This is mentally beneficial for you as you know when you will become debt free.
For example, let’s say you want to use a credit card balance transfer to consolidate. Almost any balance transfer credit card you choose will have a fee that’s applied for each balance transferred. Some have a $3 fee per transfer, while others are 3% of the balance you move. That’s a big difference. If you transfer $25,000, then the 3% card will increase the cost of debt elimination by $750.

Fixed rates from 5.99% APR to 19.96% APR (with AutoPay). SoFi rate ranges are current as of May 14, 2020 and are subject to change without notice. Not all rates and amounts available in all states. See Personal Loan eligibility details. Not all applicants qualify for the lowest rate. If approved for a loan, to qualify for the lowest rate, you must have a responsible financial history and meet other conditions. Your actual rate will be within the range of rates listed above and will depend on a variety of factors, including evaluation of your credit worthiness, income, and other factors. See APR examples and terms. The SoFi 0.25% AutoPay interest rate reduction requires you to agree to make monthly principal and interest payments by an automatic monthly deduction from a savings or checking account. The benefit will discontinue and be lost for periods in which you do not pay by automatic deduction from a savings or checking account.
Rapid rescoring expedites the process of updating your credit reports. However, the service only works if the information you provide is accurate because you only have the right to dispute incomplete or inaccurate information under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. So, if there’s an erroneous entry saying you defaulted on a loan, rapid rescoring can help get that information removed quickly. If you actually defaulted on the loan, you won’t get the negative item temporarily removed (it’s not a “trick” to improve your credit just long enough to get your loan approved).
Consolidation means that your various debts, whether they are credit card bills or loan payments, are rolled into one monthly payment. If you have multiple credit card accounts or loans, consolidation may be a way to simplify or lower payments.  But, a debt consolidation loan does not erase your debt. You might also end up paying more by consolidating debt into another type of loan.
Debt relief plays a significant role in some artworks. In the play The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, c. 1598, the heroine pleads for debt relief (forgiveness) on grounds of Christian mercy. In the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a primary political interpretation is that it treats free silver, which engenders inflation and hence reduces debts. In the 1999 film Fight Club (but not the novel on which it is based), the climactic event is the destruction of credit card records, dramatized as the destruction of skyscrapers, which allows for debt relief. The television series Mr. Robot (2015–2019), follows a group of hackers whose main mission is to cancel all debts by taking down one of the largest corporations in the world, E Corp.
Fractional reserve banking has resulted in a transfer of wealth from the holders of currency to investors. Under fractional reserve banking the money supply is allowed to be increased whenever new interest-bearing loans are issued and is often constrained by a reserve ratio, which mandates that banks hold a portion of the wealth they lend out at interest in the form of real reserves. Many nations are in the process of eliminating reserve ratios.
Debt consolidation is a great tool for people who have multiple debts with high-interest rates or monthly payments—especially for those who owe $10,000 or more. By negotiating one of these loans, you can benefit from a single monthly payment rather than juggling multiple payments, not to mention a lower interest rate. And as long as there's no additional debt taken out, you can also look forward to becoming debt-free sooner. Going through the debt consolidation process can cut down calls or letters from collection agencies, provided the new loan is kept up to date.
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A debt consolidation loan allows you to combine all your debts into a single, lower interest rate loan. It is particularly beneficial when you have high-interest rates debts. Combining your debts this way allows you to lower your monthly payment and makes it easier for you to afford your monthly bills. There are several different types of loans you can use to consolidate your debt.

A debt relief company helps people deal with their outstanding debt. While debt relief often comes in the form of debt management or debt settlement, it can also include debt consolidation. People find themselves in need of debt relief companies when they can’t pay their bills, credit cards, or other loans on time, are receiving calls or notices from debt collectors, and don’t know how to handle the situation on their own.  
We recommend having both as it sets you apart when dealing with clients. Some clients, as well as sources recommending their clients to you for services, prefer that they are referring their people to a credit score specialist rather than a general credit consultant. It's really the same thing and just semantics. However, we must provide the market the title or credentials it desires one to have. Therefore, having both certifications is best. You will also have the option of getting an additional certificate titled: "Certified Credit Repair Specialist" after passing our BCCC exam. The digital version cost for this is only $20 and our certificate department will send this custom certificate to you.
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Settlement offers usually only come when a debt has been sold to a third-party collection agency or debt buyer. These entities buy debt that credit card companies and service providers write off. They purchase bad accounts for pennies on the dollar of what’s owed. As a result, even recouping a small percentage of the original balance you owed is a financial gain for them. So, they make offers to settle your debt, either by phone or by mail.
The age of your credit accounts is also “highly influential” to your VantageScore, and is worth 15% of your FICO score. Keeping old credit accounts open — provided they’re in good standing — and being careful about opening new credit accounts will ensure this factor doesn’t damage your credit score. Stinginess when considering applications for new credit accounts will help your new credit factor (10% of FICO), as well.
Another consideration with debt settlement is that the IRS may consider any amount of settled debt as taxable income. Any amount that’s forgiven will probably need to be added to your income. So, you’ll not only owe taxes on it, it could potentially bump you into a higher tax bracket. That would increase your tax responsibility on your normal income as well.

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A debt relief program has expert negotiators that know how to deal with creditors. At Freedom Debt Relief, we have been doing this since 2002 and have settled over $10 billion in debt. We use our size and experience to our consumers’ advantage by allowing us to bulk deals together to secure the best settlement percentages possible. This makes it more efficient for creditors, which saves both sides money and time. Our goal is to negotiate for you lower total balance, lower interest rates, and waive creditor’s fees.

So, if you’re facing credit issue which are harming your finances and making it difficult to secure loans, then it is time to start repairing your credit score. It is a good idea to do your research and look around for the best credit repair company that can understand and identify your credit issues and the things that are causing problems and work with you to resolve these issues efficiently.
Who’s it best for? If you can’t part with your smartphone, InCharge has a mobile app that lets you manage your account on the go. You can add creditors, change payment due dates, and even see whether creditors have accepted proposals regarding reduced monthly payments or interest rates. They even have a fully online credit counseling option if you prefer that over phone or in-person counseling.

“You may be able to reduce your monthly payments via lower rates and long repayment terms,” says Kevin Haney, a former sales director for the credit bureau, Experian, who now runs SavvyonCredit.com, a credit information/education site. “You could very well have the luxury of stretching your repayment over 20 years. But there is down side: You’re borrowing against the equity of your home. If prices drop, you may owe more on the house than a new buyer is willing to pay. And by stretching payments over 20 years, you could end up paying more than you otherwise would in total interest.” Bottom line: Do the math to see if you’ll come out ahead.
You can possibly add the costs of acquiring a new mortgage to the total amount of refinance so that you do not have to pay anything out of pocket at the time of closing. But you should know that a cash-out refinance to consolidate your debt could result in a higher rate or a longer loan term. This could mean an overall higher interest payment in the long run.
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Undoubtedly, debt consolidation loans are highly useful. They do not just make payments easier; they also help repair a credit score. Most people seek them as they reduce the high-interest rates imposed on some types of borrowing. Problems arise, however, when your credit score is too low. There are debt consolidation loans open to you though they may come with conditions such as a guarantor or security. Not all though; there are some fast loans no guarantor options, but you must be selective and ensure they will accept people with bad credit histories.

Purchasing your credit score each time you want to see where you stand can get expensive. Using a free credit score service like Credit Karma or Credit Sesame will allow you to monitor your credit progress at no cost. When you're signing up for a credit monitoring service, look for one that doesn't ask for a credit card. Otherwise, there's a chance you may be actually signing up for a free trial subscription that will begin charging you each month if you don't cancel the services.

The calculator below compares the APR (Annual Percentage Rate) of the debts and the real APR after the adjustment of the consolidation loan fee. It also compares the monthly payment, payoff length, total interests, etc. Generally, the fee-adjusted APR is the real financial cost of the debts or loans. Therefore it is the major indicator for debt consolidation loan selection.

Were you denied a car loan? Having a hard time getting a low interest rate on your mortgage? A healthy credit score is highly beneficial for big purchases. If your bad credit is getting in the way, fixing it can seem like a daunting task. The good news is that there’s a way back from a bad credit report. Sometimes a denial is all the motivation you’ll need to take the next step. As a credit expert pointed out to us, “Most of our clients request credit repair service after being denied a loan or a credit card.”
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Some debt consolidation loans provide lower monthly payments by extending your loan term, but you’ll likely pay more in interest with a longer term. You may decide that taking out a loan to lower your monthly debt payments is worth it even if it means paying more in interest over the life of the loan. Just be sure to weigh the pros and cons before you decide.

Register the business as a limited liability company. You first have to register the name of the credit repair business with the state in which it operates. Many business attorneys and experts suggest establishing a credit repair business as an LLC for its protective features and tax benefits. To register the credit repair business as a LLC, contact the secretary of state. This office provides you with the application and any supporting documentation you must include to obtain a state business license. Before deciding on a business structure for the credit repair business, you may want to consult with a business attorney or accountant to review the asset and liability protection and tax situations each business structure brings (for example, sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation or LLC).
First, you don’t need a degree or a special government license to be a credit repair specialist. However, it is very important to in compliance and be a member of a non-profit credit repair trade association that ensures high standards and policies in the industry as suggested by the CFPB and FTC.  They have encouraged this industry to police themselves. There are two great non-profit associations that support credit repair industry standards: the Credit Consultants Association (CCA) and the National Association of Credit Services Organizations (NACSO). These organizations have two different approaches to certification.
The key point here, however, is that you can’t go into repair expecting to improve your score by a certain amount. Scores are highly specific to an individual, so changes vary based on your credit history, the number of other penalties you have and where your score was before the item was removed. This is why score improvement guarantees typically indicate a scam.
You can do all of this with the easy first step of getting copies of your credit reports from each of the three main credit reporting agencies each year. Study them carefully for errors and write letters to the credit bureaus detailing the problems you’ve found and what the correct information is that should be substituted. You can do this all online for quicker results as we’ve detailed in method one.
Tax man awaits. If you have debt forgiven, that probably will count as taxable income and should be reported on your federal income taxes. The lender who forgives the debt should send you a 1099-C tax form detailing how much the original debt was and how much was forgiven. For example, if you owed $25,000 and had $10,000 forgiven, you would have to claim the $10,000 as income on your taxes.
Penalty abatement usually goes hand-in-hand with other methods. IRS penalty rates can go as high as 25%, depending on which penalties you incur. That kind of high interest adds up quickly, making your debt grow just as fast. The key to getting out of tax debt is to reduce those penalties as much as possible. This requires the help of a certified tax expert or CPA.
3. Be patient. Sometimes, the longer the debt has remained unsettled, the more willing the creditor is to settle. But then again, if they know that you are financially capable and you are just holding back on your payments to force them into settling, you might end up with a lawsuit. Be sure you are really financially incapable of paying off your original debts.
Life insurance is designed to give you peace of mind and help your family manage the financial loss for your spouse, children or another family member. If the death of the insured family member would be catastrophic to the family’s finances, you should restrain yourself from borrowing against a life insurance policy. Consider the other options available to you on this page before going down this road.

Before you can enroll in a debt management program, you must qualify based on your income. If have enough money to handle your monthly expenses, you qualify. If your debts are too much for you pay down with your income, debt settlement or bankruptcy may be recommended by a credit counselor. If you do qualify based on your debt balances and income, your creditors still must accept proposals made by the credit counseling agency.
While it should be easy to do, correcting your credit report or repairing the damage errors have caused is often a time-consuming and complex lesson in frustration. But given the importance of your credit score (which may make or break your ability to find a home loan or even get a job), you can't afford to ignore it. In situations like these, you may need the help of a qualified credit repair attorney.
There are a number of fees waived with this card, notably there’s no annual fee, no cash advance fee (although a cash advance APR charge will apply), and no foreign transaction fee. The balance transfer fee is only 3%. Ongoing rewards are nonexistent, although there’s also a $100 statement bonus after a $1,500 spend within the first 90 days. However, note that this card is only available to cardholders with Pentagon Federal Credit Union accounts.
It should be said, though, that some of the cries of “fraud! scam!” may come from consumers who have unrealistic expectations about the credit repair process. A doctor isn’t running a scam if she treats but does not cure you. A lawyer isn’t engaging in fraud if he represents you to the best of his ability but doesn’t get you the justice you think you deserve. In the same way, a credit repair specialist isn’t necessarily ripping you off if she makes every legal effort to remove negative items from your credit history but doesn’t succeed. There are NO guarantees in this business, other than the promise that a credit repair company will work to the best of its ability. Sometimes that results in an improved FICO score; sometimes it doesn’t. Keep this in mind as you read the consumer comments about a particular credit repair company.
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Erica Sandberg is a prominent personal finance authority and author of "Expecting Money: The Essential Financial Plan for New and Growing Families." Her articles and insights are featured in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, Pregnancy, Babytalk, Redbook, Bank Investment Consultant, Prosper.com, MSN Money and Dow Jones MarketWatch. An active television and radio commentator, Sandberg is the credit and money management expert for San Francisco’s KRON-TV, a frequent guest on Forbes Video Network, Fox Business News, Bloomberg TV and all Bay Area networks. Prior to launching her own reporting and consulting business, she was affiliated with Consumer Credit Counseling Services of San Francisco where she counseled individuals, conducted educational workshops and led the media relations department. Sandberg is a member of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and on the advisory committee for Project Money.
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Another major contributing factor is my perfect track record of on-time payments. According to Credit Karma, I have a 100% record of consistent, on-time payments. I manage to never miss a payment by maintaining my own personal bills calendar, which tells me when all of my bills are due. I even set reminders one week early to allow room for any mistakes.
If you're focused on increasing your score, you may want to delay applying for new credit in the meantime. A hard inquiry happens when a lender checks your credit to evaluate you for a financial product. It will appear on your credit report and may affect your credit score. That's because lenders could consider you a greater credit risk if you're attempting to borrow money from many different sources. Applications for new credit account for 10% of your FICO® Score.
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