The first thing I did was look for any inaccuracies on my credit report, which I found that there were 6 of them. I sent letters regarding these to all three credit reporting bureaus and it took about 6 months for them to be cleared off. At the same time I started to make sure that all my payments were made on time, and worked to get my credit cards under 30%. It took 16 months but I am finally closer to my personal goal of having excellent credit. Roselee’s story is important because it stresses the importance of focusing on the basics. She carefully reviewed her credit report, disputed and resolved the errors she found, and then focused on smart financial habits to improve her credit score.
5 A 0.25% interest rate reduction off the standard rate of a consumer line of credit is available if the payment is automatically deducted from a SunTrust checking, savings or money market account using SurePay. For the SunTrust Equity Line, this interest rate reduction does not apply to promotional rate advances, Fixed Rate/Fixed Term advances, or during the Repayment Period. All line discount offers are subject to change. Offer for new and refinanced eligible consumer loans and lines of credit, as well as for credit line increases. A relationship discount is not available on existing consumer loans or lines of credit. Relationship pricing discounts may not be applicable for all products. Consult your banker for details.
You should check your credit reports at all three credit reporting bureaus (TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian, the publisher of this piece) for any inaccuracies. Incorrect information on your credit reports could drag your scores down. Verify that the accounts listed on your reports are correct. If you see errors, dispute the information and get it corrected right away. Monitoring your credit on a regular basis can help you spot inaccuracies before they can do damage.
Lohrenz says a consumer with a history of collections may have outstanding balances on their report that are larger than they actually are because of the booming secondary market for collections. Here’s how it happens: If a consumer has a credit card balance and becomes delinquent, the issuer will try to collect for a while, then give up and sell the account to a collection agency.
Also, keep in mind that debt consolidation loans are a temporary fix. They don’t address the core problem of how you got into debt in the first place. If you opt for a debt consolidation loan, be sure to take additional steps toward financial stability, like creating a budget, curbing your overspending and looking for additional income opportunities. You should also avoid racking up new balances on accounts you just paid off.
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.

Rapid rescoring is a service that your lender requests on your behalf, so you'll need to ask your lender if you want to obtain a rapid rescore. You’ll need to have the ability to make a legitimate improvement to your credit reports. If you can do so, take the action needed to improve your score. Your lender will then submit proof of the update to the credit-reporting agency, which will update your credit reports in an accelerated time frame. The next time you request your score, it should be higher.
Potential problems, however, may lie ahead. If you have to close accounts as part of your DMP, doing so eventually will affect the length of your credit history, which is a credit scoring factor. Then again, if your accounts were closed because you were seriously delinquent, chances are your scores are already low, so this isn't likely to be a major concern.
Using this springboard, I was able to get approved for several amazing travel rewards cards in my first year, including the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and the American Express® Business Gold Card. Instead of using my early applications to try and build credit with starter cards (which generally come with lower bonuses and fewer perks), I was able to start off with some heavy hitters.
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
Credit reporting is a business, not a law or the result of legislation empowering creditors and lenders to check up on you as a prospective customer or borrower. However, over several decades it has evolved into a formidable information bank... the standard "go to" for credit granters or creditors... which can greatly impact your financial well-being and success. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), through the Fair Credit Reporting Act, has been empowered to monitor and oversee the conduct and practices of the credit reporting industry. So to some extent, the FTC is the mediator between you, the consumer, and the three major credit bureaus.
Non-payment: If the company asks you to stop making payments to your creditors — or if the program relies on you to not make payments — it must tell you about the possible negative consequences of your action, including damage to your credit report and credit score; that your creditors may sue you or continue with the collections process; and that your credit card companies may charge you additional fees and interest, which will increase the amount you owe.
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Your credit utilization ratio is the ratio of how much credit you’re using to how much you have available. In general, the lower this ratio, the better. Using up too much of your available credit indicates that you may be relying too heavily on credit cards for daily living expenses, which makes you a bigger credit risk and lowers your credit score. Lower your credit utilization ratio by paying off big balances and not adding any additional debt.
There are two main ways to dispute errors on your credit reports – you can either do it yourself, or you can hire a professional credit repair firm to handle it for you. If you’re situation is such that you’re in need of quick credit repair, the credit repair firm is probably the way to go. They would have in place procedures for effectively challenging, communicating, and monitoring the removal of incorrect information. If you were to do it yourself, you would have to go through the learning curve of putting that all in place, and knowing how to get the results you desire.
The first of the 5 debt relief option is the most obvious and less complicated. It involves a disciplined way of paying off your debt on a monthly basis. The goal here is to pay off at least the minimum payment requirement. But to succeed in this, you have to aim for paying more than that amount. Otherwise, it will take you a really long time to finish.
One of the strategies we recommend most often for people who are genuinely in debt is a debt management program. Unlike an online debt consolidation service, a debt management program consolidates your payments rather than your debts - you won’t have to take out any new loans. Instead, you’ll make a single payment each month to ACCC and our credit counselors will take care of paying your bills on time for you each month. We’ll also help you set a budget you can live with, and we’ll contact your creditors to try to get reductions in your finance charges, late fees, and over-limit charges or to re-age your loans to help you save money.
Sometimes past mistakes can keep you from building a positive credit history with regular credit cards. In this instance you can consider a secured credit card. With a secured card, you deposit an amount of money up front as a form of collateral to the lender. As you use the card and make regular, on-time payments each month you can establish a better credit record. When choosing a secured credit card be sure the company reports to each of the major credit bureaus.1

American Consumer Credit Counseling (ACCC) is a nonprofit credit counseling agency offering a free credit counseling service and low-cost debt management program. As a leader among credit counseling companies, we offer access to certified and highly trained debt advisors who provide credit card counseling to help consumers create an effective get out of debt plan. Our counselors can also offer information about the pros and cons of a debt consolidation plan, provide details about debt consolidation for bad credit, and answer questions like "Is debt consolidation good or bad?"

Must be nice to have a parent who is able to do all that you have done for your daughter as far as putting her on YOUR credit cards as an authorized user. Most of us do not have that luxury. Maybe when Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders are President, eliminating student loan debt for most Americans vs "Putting student loans on an automatic payment schedule" again maybe easy for you but that is the problem, most Americans are just unable to make any payment. Your advice only helps the small few who are fortunate. 
Talk with your credit card company, even if you have been turned down before. Rather than pay a company to talk to your creditor on your behalf, remember that you can do it yourself for free. You can find the telephone number on your card or your statement. Be persistent and polite. Keep good records of your debts, so that when you reach the credit card company, you can explain your situation. Your goal is to work out a modified payment plan that reduces your payments to a level you can manage.

Lohrenz says a consumer with a history of collections may have outstanding balances on their report that are larger than they actually are because of the booming secondary market for collections. Here’s how it happens: If a consumer has a credit card balance and becomes delinquent, the issuer will try to collect for a while, then give up and sell the account to a collection agency.
as I have 3 small debits for under $150 each for medical & 2 that are for the court (MUNICIPAL) that are about $1000 in total. so with everything I have a debit of about $1500 total that is killing my credit. was wanting to get a $1000  fixed interest rate Secured credit card at about 5.99%-8.99%. & start paying off Debit, killing 2 birds with one stone. instead of just paying the debit with cash, use a low interest Secured credit card. paying about $200 month then leaving a low balance of $25 on card to continue to get credit once debits are paid in full.
The accounts section contains a detailed history of all accounts (open and closed), your balance and your payment history associated with each account. You should be able to see month-by-month payment information for seven years of history. Each month will have a symbol next to it that indicates whether the account was paid as expected or if it was late.
Start by calling the main phone number for your credit card’s customer service department and asking to speak to someone, preferably a manager, in the “debt settlements department.” Explain how dire your situation is. Highlight the fact that you’ve scraped a little bit of cash together and are hoping to settle one of your accounts before the money gets used up elsewhere. By mentioning the fact that you have multiple accounts on which you’re pursuing debt settlements, you’re more likely to get a competitive offer.
Most lenders will have their lending requirements posted online, you can typically find them near the application portal. But if lenders aren’t advertising their requirements, you still need to make a good effort to find them. Head to credit forums and see if people have posted about your lender and what score they are accepted with – it can help you get a rough estimate of if you’re eligible.

If your credit score has gone south of 640, you can still consolidate your debt payments and lower your interest rates with a debt management plan from a nonprofit credit counseling agency. You may also qualify for debt relief through a home equity loan or line of credit, student loan consolidation from a bank, credit union or online lender described below.
Lower interest rates and monthly payments. A debt consolidation loan or debt management program should reduce the amount of interest you pay on your debt, plus get you a monthly payment that is more in line with your income. The stability of knowing that you have an affordable monthly payment that eventually will eliminate your debt can remove a lot of the anxiety associated with the problem.

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