Yup, there are some myths. Some may shock or even anger you, but it is a message that must be told. For example, you probably think you can’t do it yourself and you NEED a professional agency to do it for you. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I did it and so can you! Let’s dive into some of the most common myths people have about credit repair.
Myth 1: I need help…I can’t do it myself
As with many things, we need help once in a while, but credit repair is certainly something that you can do quite easily on your own with a little elbow grease and time. When I first looked at my credit report back in January 2007, I saw some late pays, a judgment, and some other “not so good” marks on my credit report. I screamed, “I’ve got to get a credit agency to help me with this! There’s no way I can do this myself!” Yeah, so I thought. How did I do it myself? I got educated that’s it. And now, you are going to get the best education on how to repair, rebuild, and maintain your credit score. After some time of taking a more in-depth looking into my credit report, I noticed some huge mistakes by either the creditor or credit bureau. These were not my mistakes, but the mistakes of “The Man.” I found mistakes on multiple accounts, ranging from multiple late pays, wrong accounts, to closed accounts, when in fact they were open. Turns out, it’s estimated that anywhere from 75% to as many as 90% of credit reports contain errors.
The Myth number 2: Your bad credit can’t be fix.
Absolutely wrong. Having a bad credit does not mean that you can not fix it, it may take some time to fix it, but you can repair it, get positive lines of credit and have a new start, get your self in the right track to good credit. I remember how with a 520 credit score I was turned down for a credit card at Banana Republic in front of everybody in a very important Holiday, yeah pretty embarrassing but remember if I could do it you can do it too, It is just a matter to get educated and my videos will show you how to get the education you need to repair your credit.
Myth 3: You Only Have One Credit Score
The reality is that you have 3 credit scores, there are from the major credit reporting agencies, all 3 show different scores, so when applying for a credit one company may use a different report than others, it is always good to check your credit score in the 3 bureaus, because they can vary a lot among them.
Myth # 4: Your score will decrease if you check it.
There are two types of inquiries that will appear on your credit report: hard and soft inquiries. Hard inquiries are from companies you wish to get credit from. These will affect your credit score. Soft inquiries are usually when you check your credit report online or from companies obtaining your information for promotional purposes. Soft inquiries don’t affect your score.
Myth 5: Shopping Around For a Loan Will Lower Your Score
This is a very common myth, if you are searching for a mortgage, home equity loan, or car loan and you apply from multiple vendors this will only appear on your credit report once. This only applies if the same kind of inquires are made within 14 days of each other. Unfortunately, this doesn’t apply for credit cards!
Myth # 6: If I remove all the negative items my credit score will improve.
This is a partial true, because “erasing” your bad marks is just one piece of the credit repair puzzle, remember that while removing “negative items” will help you in your credit score, just building “positive credit” will take your score further. Remember when you were denied from a credit card company because you did not have credit? the true is that you did not have positive credit build up with credit card companies.
“How to reduce the interest rate in your credit card with just one phone call”
It’s actually quite simple. How to do it you ask? Break out your telephone, call them, and ask to reduce your interest rate. Mention that you have sitting in front of you, a credit card with a lower interest rate. Possibly a zero percent interest rate for 6 months, which then turns into a 8% rate. If your current rate is 22%. A simple call will lower it. Mention that you are looking to balance transfer unless they lower your interest rate. Be nice to the operator. If they cannot drop the interest rate, speak to the supervisor. In most cases, after speaking with the supervisor they will drop your rate. To threaten to leave is the key.