The best way to handle these types of information lines on your credit report is to dispute them but you have to remember that if that isn't done correctly, it is like kicking a hornets nest. Just calling them and saying, "hey, I dispute this." is NOT good enough, regardless of what ANYONE says. It has to be done with a certified, return receipt letter that has been properly worded to prevent the sleezy little buggers from using a loophole. You can find a lot of information out there about how to do this on sites from people like Dave Ramsey or with self help books like Weathering Debt (either one works, but I prefer Weathering Debt, it was much more concise and to the point) but whatever you do, DON'T try to wing it and don't pay someone to do something you can do yourself with ease and for free. Besides, you need to know how to stop the problem from happening again, right?

You have the right to review any file on you maintained by a consumer reporting agency (i.e., credit bureau). You have the right to obtain a copy of that file from each consumer reporting agency free-of-charge every 12 calendar months. You may obtain your free copies on the Internet at www.annualcreditreport.com, or by contacting the consumer reporting agency directly. You also have the right to obtain a copy of your file free-of charge from the consumer reporting agency if you request the free copy within sixty days after you receive a notice of a denial of credit.
On the other hand, many people undergo the credit repair process in the hopes of improving a poor credit score. In this respect, credit repair may only sometimes work. Successfully removing an item from your credit report can only improve your credit score if the removed item is hurting your credit score in the first place. There is no guarantee that credit repair will impact your credit score at all, as many variables are taken into account when calculating your score.
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Check your free credit report carefully - it could help you boost your score. Why? It's common for banks, lenders and credit companies to make a mistake. If you spot any accounts that you don't recognize, dates that don't seem to match up, and especially if you see any mention of late payments or penalties, make certain they have been recorded correctly - and don't be afraid to call the company in question for details. After all, it's better to spend a few minutes on the phone clearing something up than leave a mistake on the report that could adversely affect your credit record. That phone call could wind up boosting your credit score - and it really only takes a few minutes of your time.

Otherwise, the advice you have given is great and works well for a quick boost but having the ability to remove lines of information from your credit history is even better because once it is gone, it can no longer affect your score. BTW - don't take my word or anyone elses for that matter, educate yourself! You can find either of the sources I mentioned just by Googling either of them if you want and I promise you, the more information you have, the better!
That being said, I’ve heard many people say they’ve tested them all out and they don’t match. I’m not sure why, maybe these companies are lagging behind in getting their scoring numbers. In any case, I usually tell my clients to test out the free ones if they like, but in my opinion it’s easiest to just pay for a one-month subscription for both Equifax and TransUnion, then cancel those subscriptions before they renew (and yes, this is what I do personally as well). This way you get your most accurate score within minutes plus it includes your credit report and suggestions on how to improve your scores too.
Having a good understanding of your credit situation will give you a leg up when it comes to improving your credit score. It can also help ease the stress of applying for auto financing — even if you have a low credit score. At Birchwood Credit Solutions we understand that everyone’s financial situation is different and we do our best to find a car loan that best suits you and your credit. Get in touch with one of our trusted advisors today.
Removing negative accounts: e.g. medical collection, utility collection, repossession, foreclosures, a public record (like judgement), bankruptcy, late payments on revolving or installment accounts is simply cleaning up the mess, but in order to create a positive power curve to boost the credit score, you have to have positive credit references which are revolving tradelines. With adding tradelines, our guarantee is that we will post lines within 60 days, but the average time is two weeks, and usually the longest wait time is 30 days.
The credit scoring model awards more points when your credit card balances are low. If a credit card limit is $1000 the balance should be no more than $100. Keep as much space as possible between your account balance and credit limit. To make sure the decreased balance gets reported to the credit bureaus, find out when your creditors report to the bureaus. Most creditors report your payment history and current balance on the date your statement is created which is typically the last day of your billing cycle.
I have had my identity stolen and when I became aware of this I was almost 7,000.00 in DEBT, so after getting many letters from the credit card companies that I did not apply for these cards and my information was stolen.  Along with a Police Report I  typed many letters and got the cards  removed from my credit report But, As this happened I watched my credit score go DOWN VERY QUICKLY, I was shocked I was the victim and my credit score just kept going down, down, down. Now I have POOR credit I did obtain 3 credit cards and always pay the card off monthly, Does this help me by paying them off every month or not?? But just a note KEEP YOUR INFORMATION THAT IS PRIVATE, PRIVATE IN A SAFE!! THE PERSON WHO DID THIS WAS MY X PARTNER OF 17 YEARS.    
There are many good reasons to know your credit score—it shows you where your credit stands at any one time and it’s a quick way to keep up with your credit health, among other benefits. Just know you’re not entitled to it free of charge at annualcreditreport.com. Whether you can get free scores somewhere else or how much you’d pay depends on the score, seller and a lot of other details.

I would disagree with this option, as a credit analyst its my job to investigate credit and determine customer eligibility for loans etc... typically creditors do not look for a card thats been used 1 time for $15 then never used again this kind of credit is disregarded and or not taken seriously. When we look to approve a consumer we look at several factors and what that makes a large impact is how they make their payments, the balance currently on all their revolving and installments and the history of payments. if you only charge a tiny amount and pay it off its going to show no history and therefore not be a heavy influence. in fact if you can handle it it is good to sometimes charge the card near max but then pay it off super fast. yes this well temp drop score however. it will show creditor your applying for that you can handle larger amounts and that you pay them down good and fast. 
Based on comments I can tell its a case by case basis of what a trade line can do for your credit im thinking a tradeline may work for me but i would like an experts opinion before i invest my money. I if i only had 10’000 dollars worth of debt and 7500 was student loans but not any solid good credit history would a trade line help then? Like what kind of scenarios are there and what testimonials are there. Is the $792.00 the minimum or the set price what do i get how does it help i have a lot of questions
I was wondering if you could give me a little advice to help raise my credit score within 5-6 months. I have recently paid off all of my collection accounts and was told to get at least two secured credit cards, as I do not have any active credit. The only active credit that I have is my student loans because I am in school all deferred until 2018& 2021, current car loan which I pay on time and a credit card from my credit union (that I pay on time) but it only reports to one bureau (Equifax), bummer!! About a month ago a mortgage broker pulled my credit and my lowest score was about 540 the highest was 590, and he said I needed to increase my score but didn't say how (no advice given). Since having my report pulled I have paid off the collections and have obtained 2 secured credit cards. My credit cards have not been reported to my credit report yet and all of the paid collections have been updated so I'm not sure what my scores are as of know. I am looking to be able to be approved for a home loan in the next 5-6 months with good interest rates. Can someone please give me advice that can possibly help me to raise my score about 80-100 points in this time frame?  Also I would like to say that there is a lending company that will give FHA home loans with a credit score of 580 credit score in my area, but not sure if their interest rates are ridiculously high. Would going with this company be a good option? 
Recently one of our customers who was indecisive about purchasing tradelines from us. After several weeks the person finally took a leap of faith and purchased two of our tradelines. He was shocked that we were legitimate and that his score increased by over 100 points. That was not a typo, he was able to increase (boost) his score by over 100 points by only purchasing two tradelines. This is exactly how powerful tradelines can be.
If your credit score truly falls on the low side, bear in mind that time is on your side, as long as you use that time to your advantage. If you do have a history of late payments, you need to turn that trend around and start making sure your bills are paid on time. Sign up for online payments, make a note in your calendar, and keep close track of your bank account savings and spending. In short, do what you need to do to get those monthly bills paid on time. Once you do this for several months, you'll start seeing an improvement in your credit score.
Payment terms and status, which dictates and reveals how you pay your bills. Best case is “pays as agreed” (on-time), with late payments starting at 30 days and continuing to 60, 90, 120, 150 and 180. After that six month mark, most creditors will close the account as a charge-off, meaning they assume you’re never going to pay. (With some types of debt, like mortgage loans, that write-off timeline might kick in sooner, after the 120-day mark.) Altogether this reveals your payment history, which can appear on your credit report for up to seven years.
Credit repair is critical to saving money on insurance, loans, and credit cards, but that's not the only reason to repair your credit. A better credit score opens up new employment opportunities, even promotions and raises with your current employer. If you dream of starting your own business or just want the security of knowing you can borrow money when you want to, you should repair your credit sooner rather than later.

If you've already used up your free credit reports for this year, you can order your credit reports directly from the credit bureaus for a fee. The bureaus all offer a three-in-one credit report that lists all three of your credit reports side-by-side. The three-in-one credit report costs more than a single credit report, but less than the combined price of purchasing your three individual credit reports.
To improve your scores, start by checking your credit scores online. When you get your scores, you will also get information about which factors are affecting your scores the most. These risk factors will help you understand the changes you can make to start improving your scores. You will need to allow some time for any changes you make to be reported by your creditors and subsequently reflected in your credit scores.
Reducing your balances on credit cards and other revolving credit accounts is likely the better option to improve your credit utilization rate, and, subsequently, your credit scores. Consistently making on-time payments against your debt will also help you build a positive credit history, which can have additional benefits for your credit history and, by extension, your credit scores, too.
By law, the 2 major credit bureaus (Equifax and TransUnion) are required to each provide you with one copy of your credit report per year (upon request). Companies like Borrowell (Canada) or Credit Sesame (U.S.) also provide it for free on a monthly basis along with your credit score. Checking your own credit score (and report) does not impact it as it is deemed a “soft inquiry.” 
Tradelines can be used in situations where you have a few blemishes, such as late payments, foreclosures, collections. In these scenarios you will have to purchase several tradelines and enough time would have to pass to reduce the impact. It is always a great idea to know the credit requirements of your lender before you apply so that you do not end up wasting your time and money. If you talk to your lender and ask enough questions you will be able to find out what the requirements are and whether you will qualify or not.
Is your credit score below 760? That’s the score at which you are likely to get the best interest rates on a mortgage. If you’re not interested in buying a home but need to rent a new apartment, it will still be a challenge if your credit score is below 600-650 (higher for more expensive units), regardless of your income. In some cases, even your job may depend on maintaining good credit! While only time and good credit habits will boost your credit score dramatically, if you are close to your desired level, there are some things you can do now to improve your credit score over a period of a few months.
Even closing an account won’t make your late payments disappear. Your best bet here is to get yourself back on the right track — set up payment due date alerts with all your credit cards and loans and get organized. You can move credit card payment due dates around pretty easily on your bank or lender’s website. Be sure to check your payment due dates in relation to your paycheck schedule.
Thank you for this. I have been building my credit back after Economy struggles and long term illness.  Today, I'm in a better position physically and materially. Most of my credit issues are resolved. However, I'm curious as to your next step once you resolved the medical bill situation.  Did you pay the creditor and subsequently write a letter to the credit bureaus? I have a $284 medical bill I can't recall not paying, but I would like to resolve the matter this year.  

You have the right to dispute any information in your credit report that's inaccurate, incomplete, or you believe can't be verified. When you order your credit report, you'll receive instructions on how to dispute credit report information. Credit reports ordered online typically come with instructions for making disputes online, but you can also make disputes over the phone and through the mail.
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Even if the debt has passed the SOL in your state for suit (variable by state) and even the federal SOL for reporting (roughly 7 years from when the debt discharged) a collector may still pursue you for this money if you owe it. They will just never be able to collect it or report it if you don't allow them to, although they will certainly try and hope you are ignorant enough of the law that they get money from you.
You may, on your own, notify a credit bureau in writing that you dispute the accuracy of information in your credit file. The credit bureau must then reinvestigate and modify or remove inaccurate or incomplete information. The credit bureau may not charge any fee for this service. Any pertinent information and copies of all documents you have concerning an error should be given to the credit bureau.

There are a lot of companies as well as random people on the net especially Craigslist that offer tradeline services. Since tradelines are one of the easy ways to improve credit score, anyone who has discovered them has the ability to offer them. After all, it only takes access to someone with credit cards that have good history, limits, and perfect payment histories.
If you decide to cut up your credit cards, that's generally fine -- particularly if you're overspending with those cards. Just don't cut the credit card you've owned the longest. The longer you've had a credit card opened, the more that helps your credit score (credit scoring firms deems you a reliable risk if you've stayed with a single creditor for a long period of time.) Just remember to keep your credit card utilization rate (i.e., the card credit you have but you're not using) as low as possible, as that helps your credit score.

You have a right to obtain a copy of your credit report from a credit bureau. You may be charged a reasonable fee. There is no fee, however, if you have been turned down for credit, employment, insurance, or a rental dwelling because of information in your credit report within the preceding 60 days. The credit bureau must provide someone to help you interpret the information in your credit file. You are entitled to receive a free copy of your credit report if you are unemployed and intend to apply for employment in the next 60 days, if you are a recipient of public welfare assistance, or if you have reason to believe that there is inaccurate information in your credit report due to fraud.
As far as the security freezes, I think you misunderstand the purpose. There is a questionable credit repair technique whereby consumers (not us) falsely claim “identify theft” in order to have accurate negative information removed from their credit report. In order to do this, they fill out a police report and then blast the credit bureaus with fraud alerts and security freezes. When you do this, it prevents authorized user tradelines from reporting. So, if they don’t report, what are you going to do? You’re going to blame us for a failure to deliver. So, instead of reacting and frustrating clients, we tell them, honestly, up-front, that they must remove security freezes and fraud alerts, otherwise we will either not work with them or they are voiding their refund policy. Again, if someone isn’t being up-front with you, they are suspect.

Become familiar with the information contained in each of your credit reports. They'll all look very similar, even if you've ordered them from different bureaus. Each credit report contains your personal identifying information, detailed history for each of your accounts, any items that have been listed in public record like a bankruptcy, and the inquiries that have been made to your credit report.
You have the right to dispute any information in your credit report that's inaccurate, incomplete, or you believe can't be verified. When you order your credit report, you'll receive instructions on how to dispute credit report information. Credit reports ordered online typically come with instructions for making disputes online, but you can also make disputes over the phone and through the mail.

If you’re not disciplined enough to create a budget and stick to it, to work out a repayment plan with your creditors, or to keep track of your mounting bills, you might consider contacting a credit counseling organization. Many are nonprofit and work with you to solve your financial problems. But remember that “nonprofit” status doesn’t guarantee free, affordable, or even legitimate services. In fact, some credit counseling organizations — even some that claim nonprofit status — may charge high fees or hide their fees by pressuring people to make “voluntary” contributions that only cause more debt.


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.

Rapid rescoring is a practice commonly used by mortgage originators to help improve credit scores. Rapid rescoring is a two-step process that first involves correcting and updating information, and that information is then sent to the credit bureaus. When the rapid rescore is done, this information is added to the consumer’s credit file within days to update and improve their credit scores quickly.
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