The Truth on Credit Restoration
Contrary to what the credit bureaus would like you to believe, credit repair does work and can work for most people in most circumstances. This is, of course, provided you are getting the best advice and have an experienced professional working on your case.
Any one with a credit score below 720 can benefit long-term from the advice and information provided through credit repair; however, there are times when your own limitations make adhering to this advice impossible. The two limiting factors are: (1) your financial situation and (2) the time frame within you need to reach your results. It is possible to dispute for removal any inaccuracy from a credit report, if the creditor does not adhere to the law and the guidelines of what needs to be done and by when.
Just because you have a certain type of account removed at one time does not mean other, similar items are going to be able to be removed easily, even with the same circumstances. A hit-or-miss aspect exists in credit repair and disputing strategies, because credit repair relies not only on the strategies of the person attempting to repair the credit, but also on the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the creditors and credit bureaus to report the information accurately.
The reason credit repair has received such a bad name is due to the abundance of scam artists who flock to the easy money made available by people desperate for this type of service. This unfortunate reality leads the credit bureaus and the FTC to make blanket, potentially misleading statements such as, “Credit repair does not work ever and there is nothing a credit repair company can do for you that you can’t do for yourself.” While it is true that you can dispute information on your credit report yourself and you can be proactive to work towards improving your credit, the advice of how to accomplish those goals from an experienced professional can be invaluable. Given that more than 90% of credit repair companies are scam artists, promising the world and then disappearing when you pay, the credit bureaus and the FTC are forced to make such bold statements. It would be impossible for them to explain the truth to consumers without causing them to make a bad choice that could result in the consumer getting scammed. As a result, the credit bureaus and the FTC must adhere to the “credit repair does not work” position.
- we have stated, credit repair does work, but…don’t let anyone tell you that credit repair is effective every time. Its success varies with the number of players in the game, some of whom never perform consistently. Even if you have a true master of credit repair on your side, you have to take into account that sometimes the other players perform in a way that throws your master of his game. Take Shaquille O’Neal. Although he has the ability to win every game for his team, there are going to be times when the other team has a formation that takes him off his game and causes his results to be less than optimal. Given that fact, you still cannot predict to any level of certainty whether or not he will perform well or poorly the next time he faces that team. Credit repair is similar. Sometimes the opposing side shows up strong, other times they don’t. Even if you follow the same approach with every situation that arises when doing credit repair, your results will still vary due to the other players involved. So the next time someone tells you they can get everything repaired on your credit, run the other way, because, at best, the pendulum will swing widely both ways for the same situation. In fact, the only information which can legally be disputed and removed are inaccurate items on your credit report.
Credit repair limitations occur almost 100% of the time under the following situations. These situations make it nearly impossible for credit repair. Please keep in mind even when you can’t be helped in the short term, the advice that can be given now, if coming from a professional, can prevent you from making a mistake in the near future that may worsen your situation. Here are examples of situations where not much can be done.
1. If more than 50% of the negative accounts showing on the credit report appear as unpaid collections, charge-offs, repossessions, or foreclosures and you do not have the money to either pay the accounts in full or settle them. Any accurate unpaid accounts should be negotiated for repayment or settled.
The only way to prevent this is to bring the account current by paying the past due amount, or, in the case of a collection, charge-off, repossession, or foreclosure, pay the balance in full or settle it for pennies on the dollar. Unpaid accounts that do not have collection, charge-off, repossession or foreclosure status require only that the past due balance be paid to be considered current.
2. Credit repair is nearly impossible if you can’t pay your minimum monthly payments and you keep adding new late payments to your report. This is a “spinning wheels” scenario that rarely yields much improvement to your credit score.
In conclusion, you may be able to repair your credit if you hire a pro and listen to his or her professional advice. The effectiveness of the credit repair depends not only on the skill of the professional you hire but also your ability to cooperate with his or her advice.