Repairing Bad Credit - Video

 

Summary: Repairing bad credit can be difficult; the key is perseverance and wise money management. This video discusses some of the things you can do to fix your credit problems.

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Repairing bad credit is a difficult endeavor that takes perseverance and wise money management. It's not as tricky as it may seem, but you do need to know a few tips to overcome poor credit ratings.

If your credit is damaged there are ways you can work on improving it, even if it's really bad.

If you can get in the good habit of always making on-time payments, credit agencies and creditors will take notice and your rating will improve. By paying your bills on time, you can establish your financial responsibility and show you're good for your fiscal word.

Obviously you should avoid major financial blunders like bankruptcy—a very bad plan. Most fiscal errors stay on your credit report for years and it takes a long stint of excellent credit behavior to have significant blemishes removed. You should cut down on your credit cards. Use one or two low-key cards to build your credit back up, but make sure you stay on top of those and don't let them get you into more trouble.

Another good move is to call your credit card companies and ask them to lower your credit limit; a low credit limit looks good to investigating agencies. You can also take out minor loan and have someone with good credit co-sign for you. This way you can piggyback off of someone else's good credit to help get yours up. The risk involved with this, though, lies with the co-signer—you need to stay true to your word to make sure the co-signer can maintain her good credit standing.

The key to repairing bad credit lies in establishing good habits and taking it one step at a time. If you start managing your money wisely, even if you're currently in dire straits, then you'll eventually come out in good standing and leave the bad credit behind.

For a longer tip related to this subject, see Repairing Bad Credit

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