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Avoid the Potholes on Your Road to Recovery

You’re on the road to recovery. You’ve declared bankruptcy. You’ve received your discharge of debt. You’re starting with a clean slate. You’re considering your options for new credit accounts post-bankruptcy. You’ve picked a few, and you’ve been approved and have your account information. What should you do now? Believe it or not, you’ve already done …

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Securing Good Credit After Bankruptcy: What Not To Do

Now that we’ve discussed a few of the “to do’s” associated with getting good credit after bankruptcy, we need to run through a few of the “don’ts.” What NOT To Do After Bankruptcy: Carry a Balance: Hopefully, this time around, you can avoid carrying a balance on your credit cards and other lines of credit. …

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Securing Good Credit After Bankruptcy: Secured v. Unsecured

Don’t be overwhelmed by the process. Focus on the good news: you can have good credit after bankruptcy. In fact, you will have excellent credit. Before the bankruptcy mark even falls off your credit report, you should have a 750 credit score. Simply read the dos and don’ts of securing good credit after bankruptcy and …

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Taking On Your Credit Report: Step Six

The last thing you have to do when it’s time to restore your credit after bankruptcy is to consider any information that has been reported post-bankruptcy. Do you have any new accounts that have been opened/active since you received your discharge of debt? Make sure that any new accounts and/or new collection accounts that appear …

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Taking On Your Credit Report: Step Four

You’ve verified and updated your personal information, residence history and employment history. You’ve gone through the accounts reporting to your credit report to verify they are accurately listed as discharged with a zero balance. You’ve requested any erroneous accounts reporting to your credit be removed. Now it’s time to talk about Step Four. Step Four: …

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Taking On Your Credit Report: Step Three

Now that you’ve removed erroneous information, made sure any “holes” were filled with the accurate information and done an overall Spring Cleaning on your credit report, you’re ready for Step Three. Step Three: Verify That Accounts Are Reporting Accurately Remember the reason you filed for bankruptcy? It was for the bankruptcy protection offered to consumers …

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Taking On Your Credit Report: Step Two

After you’ve pulled your credit report, adjusted your mindset to your new, lower credit score, and made your credit score goal of 720, you’re ready for the next step. Step Two: Update Your Information with the Credit Bureaus Start at the beginning and make sure that all the information reflected on your credit report is …

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Determining Whether You Owe on a 2nd Mortgage Post-Bankruptcy

Was your home equity loan reaffirmed during your bankruptcy? Have you been making payments towards the debt religiously ever since your discharge without being sure if they are being applied or not? Do you actually owe the debt or was it included in your bankruptcy discharge? These are huge questions that sometimes get asked WAY …

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