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t seems like there are all sorts of people offering to “fix” your credit for you. While a quick fix sounds tempting, fixing your credit needs time and patience. You may hear of companies that claim to “fix” a bad credit rating but those companies are likely scams. Anything they can do quickly to repair only works if the information in your credit file is inaccurate. If that is the case, there is nothing they can do for you that you can’t do yourself for free.
These are the three main things that can negatively affect your credit rating:
Defaulted debts. This includes either debts unpaid or sent to a collection agency, including credit cards, auto loans, student loans and medical bills.
Slow payment history. Paying 30, 60 or 90+ days late can impact your credit
Debt to income ratio. This is a comparison of the amount of debt carried and one’s ability to make the monthly payments. If there is too much debt and not enough money to make the payments, it is a strike on the credit report.
The only way to correct a bad credit rating is to change the behavior that resulted in a bad credit rating, and then be patient. By paying all your bills on time and keeping your debt level low, your credit score will gradually improve. Take these steps to begin rebuilding your credit rating:
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