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06-21-2007, 01:45 PM #1amistad_143Guest
Three simple steps to clean your credit report
This is how I did it with 3 simple steps:
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Tuesday, June 19, 2007
How to clean your credit report
Why is it so important to have your credit report clean? Well, this really needs
no explanation – you know it could mean getting a good or bad mortgage interest
rate. It could also make a huge difference on the mortgage refinancing rate for
your existing home, rate for your auto loan, and so on. Actually, it could be
difficult to obtain a new mortgage with problems in your credit report.
Let me start by saying that Federal laws require that all credit reporting
agencies (Experian, Trans-Union, and Equifax) delete any information that is
considered to be inaccurate, erroneous, or obsolete from your credit report. So
there are three major steps to cleaning your credit report:
STEP # 1: Is to check your credit file (from all three companies: Experian,
Trans-Union, and Equifax) to verify if you have any of the following:
• Inaccurate (wrong information), obsolete, or erroneous (not yours)
• Incorrect information on your name, SS#, job, and addresses
So, the first step is to make a list of all the items that you have identified
as inaccurate, erroneous, or obsolete from all credit reports. Organize yourself
since you will constantly need to reference this list for the entire process.
STEP # 2: Dispute the inaccurate, erroneous, or obsolete information
indentified. This is the most difficult part and the most time consuming. You
have two options: find a Lawyer Firm that could take care of this for you or do
this on your own. You can do everything that your lawyer can do if you have the
time and are willing to keep up with the process. This could take anywhere from
one month to over a year.
There are three ways you can dispute your items identified: By Phone (with each
credit company), online, or by mail. I have done all three and my personal
choice is by mail. I like to keep record and I will add confirmation delivery to
all my mails. For all three, you will need to know detail information about what
is being disputed such as: Credit Report Reference number, account name, account
reference, account number, what specifically is being disputed, and the dispute
reason. So here is how to dispute:
Generate an excel file with the following information:
o Your name:
o Your SS#:
o Date you are sending the letter:
o Include a copy of your driver license in your mail
o Must sign your Dispute request (Sign the last one and initial the first pages
if more than one).
o And include the item(s) you are disputing. The disputing item must contain the
Reason for dispute which are: Not My Account, Never Paid Late, Paid In
Full, or Other (Describe other).
The credit agency will reply with what they have done with your request within
30 days (they most reply within 30 days). At that point you will review their
explanation and re-submit your request or dispute if you do not agree with their
result. You must continue this cycle until you are satisfied with the output or
credit has been correctly repaired.
There are other things that a lawyer can do for you since they know the law. But
in a nutshell, if you have an error in your credit report, you should be able to
fix it yourself.
STEP # 3: Monitor your credit reports during the entire process. Please note
that this could take up to a year, therefore I recommend you subscribe to a
credit monitoring service that will provide you access to view your credit at
least once a month.
Other important information:
• You have the right for a free credit report if you have been denied credit,
employment, or insurance within the past 60 days. A denial letter should be sent
out to you with all the information you need to request your free credit report.
• Payment in full doesn’t remove your payment history from your credit reports.
The length of time information remains in file as follows:
o Credit and collection accounts: 7 years from the date of last activity.
o Courthouse records: 7 years from the date filed, except Bankruptcy which
remains for 10 years from the date filed. Chapter 13 is 7 long years!
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