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Credit Repair Specialist

Credit repair specialists can be defined as professionals with expertise in the consumer credit field, specifically providing services in repairing or improving one's credit grading or history. These can be individuals, agencies or companies working on a commercial or non-commercial basis.

Commercial credit repair specialists and firms charge fees - upfront or on a periodic basis - for utilising their services to improve credit grading. Non-commercial credit repair specialists work on a no-fee, no-profit basis and are often the preferred specialist professionals you should turn to when looking for guidance on credit repair.

What credit repair specialists do?
In order to find out your latest updated credit rating, you can make an application to any or all of the credit reference agencies in your country. You may need to pay a small fee along with your application and provide details such as full name, date of birth, current address and previous addresses in the last 6 years if different from your current address.

Once you've received a report from the credit reference agency, the credit repair specialist will sit with you and review the report in detail. He/she can help you read through the report and understand how and why each entry is recorded in case you are not able to interpret the contents of the report yourself. If you find any incorrect information relating to any of your credit accounts in the report, make sure that you have sufficient supporting proof to back up your claims. A credit repair specialist cannot help you with records which are correctly updated but contain adverse information about your credit history.

The credit repair specialist will contact the credit reference agency on your behalf and notify them of the inaccurate entries in your credit file. In the UK, the credit reference agencies are bound by law to investigate all disputed entries and revert to the applicant within 28 days. If the record is found to be inaccurate or the agency has not been able to locate or confirm the entry, then they are required to remove the record and send you a notification acknowledging removal of the disputed items.

The advantages of using credit repair specialists is that they are professionals with the requisite training and expertise in reviewing credit files and picking out entries which can be removed, either through a legitimate established procedure or by ensuring inaccurate entries which you can support with proof are removed from the credit file.

Before signing up with a credit repair specialist, it is important that you confirm that the services being offered are legal, the credit repair specialist is accredited or licensed as per the norms prevailing in your country, and feedback from current and previous clients is positive and you will not be charged exorbitant amounts to carry out tasks which you can do yourself for free or with minimal expenses. It is best to avoid credit repair specialists who make tall claims about raising your credit score or erasing adverse history records. Such claims will also carry large hidden costs and you may end up paying more for little or no change in your credit status.

Not all credit repair specialists will be scam artists out to make a quick buck. It is up to you to act cautiously and be fully aware of the correct legal process and are satisfied with the information you've gathered about the reputation and standing of your chosen credit repair specialist.

Credit in Minutes Tip #1

Stay on top of your credit report. Most credit reports contain errors. Make sure you check your credit report every year (you get one free credit report every twelve months) and if there are errors make sure to challenge them with the reporting credit agency. Credit agencies are required to investigate each and every challenge that gets reported.

Credit in Minutes Tip #2

Just because you qualify for all of those credit cards does not mean you should get them. A person with too many credit cards looks sketchy in the eyes of a potential creditor. Think of it this way: if a person is financially stable does he or she need ten different credit cards? Wouldn’t just one or two suffice?

Credit in Minutes Tip #3

The best way to raise your credit score is to make all of your payments on time. It sounds too simple to be true, but that’s all there really is to it. Staying out of debt and/or making all of your debt payments on time will keep your score up where it should be.

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