Professional Credit Help Explained
Credit repair is big business, and there are many companies
that will promise to help you get out of bad credit
problems. There are a number of legitimate resources that
can help you in improving your credit score but there are also
a number of less than reputable companies out there that will
take your money but offer you few (if any) valuable
services. A few basic tips will help you see the
Tip #34: Seek professional help
If you are in over your head, and your credit is so bad that
you cannot get a loan and may even be facing bankruptcy, you
may want to seek help from professionals. There are a
number of financial professionals that can help you with credit
Bankruptcy lawyers and bankruptcy advisors: Bankruptcy
lawyers can help represent you in bankruptcy proceedings.
Advisors can help you decide whether to apply for a bankruptcy
and how to proceed once you do decide to file.
While getting a bankruptcy lawyer and filing for bankruptcy
can be upsetting and can dramatically affect your credit score
for many years, it can also give you a chance to start over
financially and can help you reestablish good credit again in
the long run.
Credit repair companies and credit counseling companies:
These companies can help you by acting on your behalf with
credit companies, by advising you on what you can do to repay
your bills faster, and by helping you make better financial
Accountants and tax services: Accountants and tax filing
services can help you make the most of your money by making
sure that you do not end up overspending on taxes.
Bankers and bank officers: Most banks today want to not only
help you keep your money but are willing to work with you to
make the most of it. As a banking service, many banks
today offer free investing advice, saving advice, and
personalized meetings with bank officers that can help you
figure out your money situation.
Lenders and bad credit lenders: How you deal with lenders will
determine how well your credit score works. Avoiding too many
inquiries by not applying for too many loans, establishing
long-term business relationships with bankers, and doing
business with bankers in an organized and professional way
(i.e. paying your debts on time) will go a long way towards
giving you a credit rating. In turn, a good credit rating
will make it easier to deal with lenders.
Tip #35: Look out for credit repair
Many companies out there advertise that they can help you
with credit repair, but the quality of these services - not to
mention what they offer - varies widely. Some companies
really can help you with credit repair while others are
actually under investigation for suspect business
practices. If you decide to seek help from a credit
repair company, be sure that the company is legitimate and
offers you viable services.
In general, you should be looking for non-profit credit
counseling services rather than credit repair companies (some
of which are really just lenders offering home equity loans
anyway, which are of limited use to you if you want to improve
Check to make sure that the company has good standing with
the Better Business Bureau and clients who are happy with the
credit repair services they received from the company.
Always read the paperwork carefully before you sign and make
sure that you understand how much you are paying for and how
much you are paying.
Before deciding to seek help from a credit help or credit
counseling service, be sure that the problem cannot be resolved
on your own. Indications that you may need credit
-You cannot pay your bills and avoid the necessities of
-You avoid the phone, the mail, and the door because you are
being harassed by collection agencies.
-You have avoided going out because you feel terrible about
your financial state.
-You have no idea how you will repay your bills and loans -
you do not know where to start.