Cleaning Up Your Credit

Cleaning Up Your Credit

Cleaning up Your Credit
Lenders generally check with three credit bureaus (1 for autos and consumer finance) in order to evaluate your past payment history. Your goal in cleaning up your credit report should be to clean up each of the three bureaus. If you only work on one, this does not effect the reporting to the other bureaus.

Get A Copy of Your Credit Report
The first step is to get a copy of your merged credit report, which shows all three of the major bureaus, Experian (formerly TRW), Equifax (formerly CBI), and Trans-Union. Most mortgage lenders will obtain data from all three of these bureaus in analyzing your credit history. The exception is that some portfolio lenders (usually adjustable rate lenders) may only review one. To make it easier for you,, iCredit, and others will allow you to order a Merged Report on-line. It costs about $29 and is delivered to you by e-mail, mail or directly online once you have completed the request.

What to Say When You Call Your Creditors
There are two efforts that must be made. First, call any creditors reporting a negative and ask them to remove the negative item. Ask in a nice calm voice and do not get upset when they say no. Simply repeat your request over and over in your nice pleasant voice. If you get nowhere, then ask to speak to the supervisor. Make sure you keep a log of your conversation, noting the date, time, who you spoke to and what they said. Repeat this procedure over and over. In a high percentage of cases, it works.

Get Written Confirmation of Agreements
Be sure to ask for a letter by mail or fax that shows the creditor is correcting the negative information. You may need this letter for two reasons. First, they may not actually make the changes. With the letter, you can appeal directly to the credit bureau and they will make the correction. Second, if you are applying for a mortgage before the changes actually hit the credit bureau's report, your lender will need this documentation.

If you have a charge off or collection account that shows as unpaid, don't just send them a check and pay it off. Call the creditor on the phone, explain that you have the funds to pay the account in full, and calmly explain why it should not have been reported on your credit in the first place. Then ask if they will provide you a letter deleting the account entirely from all credit bureaus if you pay off the account. Try to get them to fax it to you. As before, be sure to document all of your telephone contact and always keep a nice pleasant tone in your voice. In a large percentage of cases, this also works.

Disputing the Report -- When Your Creditor Will Not Remove an Item
There will be cases when the creditor does not agree to remove the negative credit item. If it is an item that is definitely not yours, call the credit bureau immediately (except for Equifax, who only responds by mail). When on the telephone, do not discuss any negative items that are accurate. Do not discuss any items that may be accurate in general but have some small error in detail that you can dispute by mail. Once you confirm any accuracy at all, you cannot dispute it later by mail.

For the remaining items, you need to dispute them by mail, writing directly to the credit bureaus. Write a letter to the appropriate bureau including your name, social security number, address, disputed accounts, and account numbers. You must sign the letter. Inform the bureau that you are disputing the data as it appears on your credit report. One of the best changes in credit reporting and dispute resolution is the fact that the three bureaus will allow you to dispute online. Disputes still take 30 days to complete but you will be notified in writing of the results.

Increasing Credit Score
One of the quickest ways is to be added to someone else’s credit card as an authorized signor. This option will be going away soon but until such time, it does allow the positive credit reflected on that credit card to be added to the overall assessment of your current credit profile. This is not an option necessarily endorsed by this institution but merely an option that has been exercised in the past by others.
Obtain 2-3 guaranteed credit cards or bank loans. You may take a slight hit in the first 30 days after issuance, use the cards and pay them off by the third week of every month and you will reap the benefit of increased credit scoring. This option although slow can reflect in a 20-30 point increase in fico score for every two accounts activated.
Reporting Agency Contact Information

Equifax Consumer Relations
P.O. Box 740241
Atlanta, GA 30374-0193

TransUnion Consumer Relations
P.O. Box 1000
Chester, PA 19022

Experian Consumer Relations
P.O. Box 2002
Allen, TX 75013

It’s important to note that raising your FICO credit score is a bit like losing weight: It takes time and there is no quick fix. In fact, quick-fix efforts can backfire. The best advice is to manage credit responsibly over time and by just following these tips and raising your credit score over time.

Payment History Tips

• Pay your bills on time.
Delinquent payments and collections can have a major negative impact on your FICO score. This impact can be as much as 60-80 points the moment it is reported.
• If you have missed payments, get current and stay current.
The longer you pay your bills on time, the better your credit score.
• Be aware that paying off a collection account will not remove it from your credit report.
It will stay on your report for seven years. As noted above, you can negotiate removal at time of payoff. They may tell you they are not allowed to do it, realistically they are allowed because they posted the negative information in the first place.
• If you are having trouble making ends meet, contact your creditors or see a legitimate credit counselor.
This won't improve your credit score immediately, but if you can begin to manage your credit and pay on time, your score will get better over time.

Amounts Owed Tips

• Keep balances low on credit cards and other “revolving credit”.
High outstanding debt can affect a credit score. It is widely believed that balances should be less than 40% of available credit to actually see scores improve or to maintain the high score.
• Pay off debt rather than moving it around.
The most effective way to improve your credit score in this area is by paying down your revolving credit. In fact, owing the same amount but having fewer open accounts may lower your score.
• Don't close unused credit cards as a short-term strategy to raise your score.
If you want to close accounts, do it over a period of time. Multiple accounts closed at the same time will actually drop your score. Inactivity can actually drop your score as well.
• Don't open a number of new credit cards that you don't need, just to increase your available credit.
This approach could backfire and actually lower your credit score.

Length of Credit History Tips

• If you have been managing credit for a short time, don't open a lot of new accounts too rapidly.
New accounts will lower your average account age, which will have a larger effect on your score if you don't have a lot of other credit information. Also, rapid account buildup can look risky if you are a new credit user.

New Credit Tips

• Do your rate shopping for a given loan within a focused period of time.
FICO scores distinguish between a search for a single loan and a search for many new credit lines, in part by the length of time over which inquiries occur.
• Re-establish your credit history if you have had problems.
Opening new accounts responsibly and paying them off on time will raise your credit score in the long term.
• Note that it's OK to request and check your own credit report.
This won't affect your score, as long as you order your credit report directly from the credit reporting agency or through an organization authorized to provide credit reports to consumers.

Types of Credit Use Tips

• Apply for and open new credit accounts only as needed.
Don't open accounts just to have a better credit mix - it probably won't raise your credit score.
• Have credit cards - but manage them responsibly.
In general, having credit cards and installment loans (and paying timely payments) will raise your credit score. Someone with no credit cards, for example, tends to be higher risk than someone who has managed credit cards responsibly.
• Note that closing an account doesn't make it go away.
A closed account will still show up on your credit report, and may be considered by the score.


If you would like the chance to work with me or one of my fellow real estate investor coaches and our advanced training programs, give us a call anytime to see if Dean's Real Estate Success Academy and our customized curriculum is a fit for you. Call us at 1-877-219-1474 ext. 125

I have tried few websites but I find easy to use and understand. They also have one month free trial and scorewatch. They use FICO scoring which most of the banks and lenders use.

I can relate to this topic because I have diligently monitor and clean up my husband's credit. We even spent $400 dollars but all they did is sent me books to read and do all the works myself.

If you sign up in any of the mentioned website above, you can also dispute any information online. It's all worth it if you do it yourself, you will learn a lot! Now, my husband's score is even higher than mine! (from low 600 to high 700!).

But if you follow the above steps posted by Nate you do not need to pay someone or buy a book unless your situation really needs a closer attention.


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I will lift my eyes to the hills, where does my help comes from? My help comes from the Lord, the makers of heaven and earth! Psalms 121



This post is not about how to remove bad credit from your credit profile, but how to boost your scores within 35 days. By using this technique I'm about to share with you how I was able to raise my score 90 points in 60 days and raised my girlfriend's score 120 points. It seems too simple to be true, but it is in fact true.

We must give our Uncle Sam all the credit for this awesome technique. This technique was used in the movie "Donnie Brasco", the Mob needed to run a check on Donnie to make sure he was who he said he was. So the FBI needed to create a profile for Donnie to make him appear to be on the up and up. Keep in mind Donnie was not the under cover agents' real name. Ok here is what the FBI did to make Donnie look like a real person on paper. First they issued him a social security number and then they simply made Donnie a co-borrower on an existing credit card account. By adding Donnie to an account with a 10 year history would show up as 10 years on Donnie's credit report as well. That trick worked then and it still works now, here is how it's done.

Let's say your parents/sibling/friend has a credit card with a long history, and a low balance/limit ratio.

By having your parents, sibling or friend add you to their credit card as a co-borrower you will gain the entire history of that card to your credit profile.

BEFORE you do this be sure you know the history of the card, as well as the LIMIT and BALANCE. Only do this with cards that have a debt/balance ratio that is LESS THAN YOUR AVERAGE DEBT/LIMIT ratio. This will then help your debt/limit ratio look much better and increase your credit score significantly. If the card is close to being maxed out, or doesn't have a longer history than your other cards, you will hurt your score more than help it.

The Types of Credit You need

A mixture of credit cards and installment loans (a loan with a fixed payment such as a car loan or mortgage) can help raise your score if you manage the credit cards responsibly. The ideal mix is 2-3 credit cards, a home mortgage loan, and a car loan,. If you follow that example of credit management you would have over a 700 score. Having too many installment loans can lower your scores since payments remain the same until balances are paid in full and you have an increased debt with each loan you take on. Don't open new accounts just to have several accounts or to attempt a better mix of credit.

I hope this post has been helpful to some of you Smiling


This is great information, thanks for sharing. This is very helpful and I am going to get to work right away. A boost of my score would really be helpful to me right now.


Erika, REI
Brownstone Investment Group
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Getting FICO Scores

Is there any way to get your FICO scores WITHOUT applying for credit??




Proverbs 10:22


How much of an increase could see from payiing everything off?


Jason A


You could get your FICO score from without applying for credit.


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Napoleon Hill quote

Opt Out ...

It has been suggested that a person could improve their FICO by 20-30 points just by opting out of credit offers. Further, utilizing the site may help stop unsolicited credit offers.

Through this website, you may request to:

-Opt-Out from receiving Firm Offers for Five Years - (electronically through this website).

-Opt-Out from receiving Firm Offers permanently - (mail Permanent Opt-Out Election form available through this website).

-Opt-In and be eligible to receive Firm Offers. This option is for consumers who have previously completed an Opt-Out request - (electronically through this website).

One tactic I've used...

I have a very good credit score, but it wasn't always like that. I was sent to collections on a cell phone while I was transitioning out of the military. They said they would waive the early termination fee, and even the last 2 months of my payments. Like a dummy, I didn't follow up or document the conversation. Few years later, I run a credit check to purchase some furniture and find I've got a judgement by that cell phone company. I was stubborn and refused to pay it for several more years (very stupid on my part). Finally they offered to accept half the payment, waive the penalties, AND take care of getting it off my credit. While I don't recommend doing it like that (heh), it does go to show the importance of knowing what is going on with your credit. It gets worse a few years later, as I found myself out of a job one morning, and was eventually evicted from my apartment (and humiliated), sent to collections for some utility bills, and almost lost my car via repossession. I say this because I want people to know that I've been there. This isn't a "theory" or some "what-if" strategy. It can work! I share this rather embarassing and unpleasant time in my life because I know how hard it can be.

One tactic I've used is taking out small, unsecured lines of credit. I found a bank I really liked, and began building repoire with the loan officer there. I was honest in letting her know I wanted to try and start building my credit up. She gave me my first loan of $500 unsecured. I then SAVED IT! I made the first few months of payments early, then paid a few months on time, and then finally paid the last month off early. While most loans here in North Dakota have to have a re-payment schedule of longer than 6 months to reflect positively on your credit report (since it's not a revolving line of credit), I was building my relationship with my loan officer.

I then asked for $2000 dollars. She refused at first, but then I offered my musical equipment as collateral and she agreed. I repeated the same steps, but this time made sure the repayment schedule was a year. I then paid that loan off early (early repayment of course is a positive mark on your credit score). I then did it again with $5000, this time unsecured as she was now comfortable with me.

Long story short, I recently hit a deer with my car. I totaled it out and needed another car quickly. She basically gave me a blank check for $25,000 to purchase another vehicle. And the amazing thing is she did even though I couldn't make it up to the bank to sign the papers right away. I found another car, they sent her the paperwork, she put the money in my account and presto, new vehicle. And then I signed the paperwork a day later.

I now use her as my constant source of loan funding. AND, lucky for me, she's been promoted to VP of Loans for her bank. Sorry I got so long winded, but I just wanted to show that this could be a viable step. It not only improves your credit (or can start building a credit history), but can turn a loan officer into a powerful ally over time. This took a long time to do (I've been banking with her for about 5 years now), but it was well worth it. Credit isn't destroyed over night, and it sure isn't built back up overnight. But be persistant and positive and eventually you'll turn it around.

While you don't NEED money upfront, it sure doesn't hurt having someone like that in your corner. Hope this helps.


"Success should never be measured by how fast we get to where we want to go, but rather by the fact that we get there" - Joshua


Two thoughts...

1) Local banks are GREAT. DO get to know your local banker. They have a lot of latitude that Fannie/Freddie lenders do not.

2) Old adage: To get a loan, you have to prove you dont need it. That is exactly what you did... over and over again. Good job.

Credit reports, scores and new system

I'm a "newbie" on the site and trying to clean-up my record. I requested reports on and what a confusing site that is. My Experian report has a lot of info. pertaining to my son. I tried to dispute it on line but they said it had to be done by phone on an 800 number. I called the 800 number and no way could I find a "dispute" extension or a person. Any suggestions?? Also, I've read that the three agencies are in a feud with FICO. One of them has gone to their own scoring system with a different scale. Anyone have info on this and how it affects us applicants?

The very first post that I

The very first post that I gave has the addresses to the reporting agencies. You would want to mail your disputes to them. Feel free to read through the information that is given - even print it out it that helps.

FICO and the reporting agencies are independent from each other. Experian is the company that will often use the FICO risk score. If there are problems it would most likely be between these companies.


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Thank You - Credit information

I just want to thank everyone for the credit information shared above. I believe the more you can improve your credit the move deals that you can get completed. I also like the suggestion of contacting local banks. Please share any good contacts for local banks near Chicago, Illinois and Northwest Indiana. Believe and Achieve Smiling


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when to apply for a mortgage

my credits scores are 604, 610 and 656 and have no bills other than a car loan but i am interested in buying to buy an investment property in Buffalo, ny would it be a good idea to try for a mortgage now or wait out for my credit score to rise.

thank you



Speak to a local banker in your area and a mortgage broker in your area. Discuss your credit score, income, qualifications and they should let you know if you can get pre-approved and the amount. Good luck. Believe and Achieve! Smiling


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I have tried also disputing things on line too! I find it best to do it in writing and at the least as a registered letter. It's a process but it works. Much success to you...........Lubertha



Has anyone used the Credit Restoration Service From the DG Stie?

First nice info in the above post found it all very informing. I was wondering if anyone had used the service offered on this site.

Credit Repair

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Has anyone used this method to repair there credit? I have talked to them and I am considering it, its not going be cheap but most things worth having in life are not cheap. I have tryed to fix my credit for the last 5 years but even though I have payed all my bills on time I have got nowhere my score is pretty much the same. If anyone has used this could you please let us know how it worked for you. Thanks


We are currently in the program for both myself and my husband in 3 months they raised our score by 150 and 100 respectively, we did the payment plan. They are expensive but when u consider what a bad credit score costs you long term they are cheap. I work with Ed he is great.
Hopes this helps

Thank you

Thank you for the info. Wanted to hear from someone in the program. I'm going do it in one payment with the extra money I make from the Race coming to Bristol this month great to be a beer salesman when racing comes to Bristol for the night race Smiling
thanks again for sharing Ed is who called me thats great to know fell so much better now.

Quick Tip

When rebuilding your credit, consider your current balance vs max credit amount.
Example: if you have 1 credit card with a limit of $5,000 and you have used it all, it will lower your credit score. Not because you are paying late, but because you have maxed out that account.
Solution: Have 2 credit cards with $5,000 limits and split the debt between them, $2,500 each. this will make your credit report look better.


If you would like the chance to work with me or one of my fellow real estate investor coaches and our advanced training programs, give us a call anytime to see if Dean's Real Estate Success Academy and our customized curriculum is a fit for you. Call us at 1-877-219-1474 ext. 125

Amazing information

I just want to say thank you so much for this information. I have been through the two books and the AFF and I am ready to get out there.


Darrell Ford
Lifetouch Properties LLC
"Failure equals my death, I Shall not Fail."


Thanks for the credit info!

you can...

You can, but they won't give you your credit score unless you pay for it.

Also taken note that charge cards that affect your credit (like Weisfield Jewelry) will close out your account/card, and make you re-apply if you want to get a card again. I found that out quick, and it's a new thing they passed legislature.

Anitarny wrote:
you can get your annual free credit reports here

And pulling it from here will not affect your credit

Some Advice

I'm right now Have Bad Credit my Scores are in the 500's I do check my Credit By getting A Free Report & Checking my Score online at For about $14.99 per month Which is Worth it since I'm Trying to Get Money to Pay my Bills & debts & Judgements .

My Best advice is To clear & Clean your own Credit my yourself By Doing Something I know & Will be doing & thats A Credit Packet To send to Both Creditor(s) & all 3 Agencies .

1. Buy Folders ( Can be Bought at Wal-mart or Dollar Store )
2. Gather All Documents
* Copies Of Checks ( paid to The Creditor )
* Copies Of Bank Statements ( Showing The Payment )
* A Typed & Signed Letter By you to Both 3 Agencies & Creditors Explaining why You want A Mark Removed from your Credit Report
* Fill out A Credit Dispute Form(s)

3.Send Packets To All Parties FEDEX OR UPS & make sure You get A Tracking Number to Track your Packages & Have your Packages Sent as Signed To have someone Sign off on the Packages This way you can Track & see If Someone has Signed for the Packages .

Wait about 30 Days to see If they've Removed All Bad Marks off your Credit , Make sure All Payments Are In your Name & On your Bank account so that You can Go back & Double Check.

Keep A Copy Of your Home Made Credit Packet Just in Case It gets lost You can Create Another one to Mail out or Just Have One as Back up Just in Case .

This All may Cost A Couple Dollars Including S & H By UPS or FEDEX & you Can have your Credit Back Without paying some other Credit Repair Company Which are Useless & Don't really Get anything Removed for you .

You can do your own at Home Credit Repair Kit For A few Bucks & WAaaaLaaaaaa You can Have Clean Credit , Just make sure You Have paid The Debts off Before Trying to Send in anything.

you can Simply Repair your own Credit For FREE Or Less then you would pay A Credit Repair Company which may Charge any were from $19.99 to $39.99 & Rip you Off & Leave you still having to go back & repair it anyway.

& This Is what I'm doing Myself w/ my own Credit I'm will Never Use A Credit Repair Company Since I know what to do.

So much good info on this

So much good info on this thread!

Thanks everybody!


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The company you used


I saw you info you posted about a company that did it for you for $399. Can you send me the information?

Thank you,



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Thank You Nate, I am currently doing that right now, and it is working immensely


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Lots of good info here! I'm

Lots of good info here! I'm really trying to clean up my credit for the new year and this is a great place to start! Thanks!


What is a good Credit Score

Great Info

Thank you so much, I have to bookmark this page and come back,I am already a little over whelmed with everything else I have read and trying to retain.


financing with low fico score

I have a low fico score because my student loans can not be consolidated until I finish my Masters program. I want to buy a condo and have the downpayment, but this credit issue is in the way. How can I get around it so I can buy a 230k condo in culver city, california? Also, is there a way to invest in real estate with little or no down? (I have approx. 7,000.00)

Credit Clean up

First things first my fellow DGers:Tell the consumer reporting company, in writing, what information you think is inaccurate. Include copies (NOT originals) of any documents that support your position. In addition to providing your complete name and address, your letter should identify each item in your report you dispute; state the facts and the reasons you dispute the information, and ask that it be removed or corrected. You may want to enclose a copy of your report, and circle the items in question. Send your letter by certified mail, “return receipt requested,” so you can document that the consumer reporting company received it. Keep copies of your dispute letter and enclosures.

Consumer reporting companies must investigate the items you question within 30 days — unless they consider your dispute frivolous. They also must forward all the relevant data you provide about the inaccuracy to the organization that provided the information. After the information provider receives notice of a dispute from the consumer reporting company, it is required to investigate, review the relevant information, and report the results back to the consumer reporting company. If this investigation reveals that the disputed information is inaccurate, the information provider has to notify the nationwide consumer reporting companies so they can correct it in your file.

When the investigation is complete, the consumer reporting company must give you the results in writing, too, and a free copy of your report if the dispute results in a change. If an item is changed or deleted, the consumer reporting company is not permitted to put the disputed information back in your file unless the information provider verifies that it is accurate and complete. The consumer reporting company also must send you written notice that includes the name, address, and phone number of the information provider. If you ask, the consumer reporting company must send notices of any correction to anyone who received your report in the past six months. You also can ask that a corrected copy of your report be sent to anyone who received a copy during the past two years for employment purposes.

Randy Bailiff
Dean Graziosi Real Estate Investment Coach

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