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Know Your Lenders: Interviews and Lender Calls

Before you even start filling out an application for credit, find out if a bankruptcy will result in an automatic denial of credit. Every lender has standard underwriting guidelines. If you find out the guidelines prior to submitting your application, you’re able to avoid unnecessary inquiries. This takes you closer to your credit score goal […]

Avoid the Potholes on Your Road to Recovery

Potholes to Avoid: You’ve Got Credit, But You’re Not USING it! You should use the accounts each month and pay them off in full. Finance Companies: Finance accounts are the only type of credit that will hurt your credit score. Cosigning: It may seem like a good idea, but the additional risk cosigning ALWAYS represents […]

Securing Good Credit After Bankruptcy: What Not To Do

Don’t Carry a Balance: Use the card and pay it off in full every month (or within a few months). This improves your credit score sooner and shows lenders that you have re-established good credit behavior. Don’t Assume Lenders Will Stay On Top Of Your Credit Report: Open credit is the best thing you can […]

Securing Good Credit After Bankruptcy: Secured v. Unsecured

When attempting to obtain your initial credit right after receiving your bankruptcy discharge, it is important to understand the difference between secured and unsecured debt. Secured Credit Cards: The accountholder provides the lending institution with funds equaling the amount of “credit” offered. The funds are held in reserve as “security” on the account. Watch out […]

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 […]

The Four C’s: Analyzing a Credit Application

There are four major elements of a general underwriter’s guidelines in reviewing and analyzing a credit application. We Call it The Four C’s: Credit – You’ll have a low credit score and a “bankruptcy” notation on your credit report. Be persistent in determining eligibility requirements before applying for credit. Capacity – Your current income and […]

What Makes Up Your Credit Score?

Do you know what makes up your credit score? Payment History (35%) Outstanding Debt (30%) Age of Your Credit (15%) Type of Credit (10%) Credit Inquiries (10%) Payment History: Every six months you complete of positive payments will move your score upward. Make an on time payment every month. Outstanding Debt: You don’t need to […]

Tell Your Bankruptcy Story: Your Very Own Sound Bite

According research, over 80% of bankruptcy petitioners have dealt with: illness, divorce, or unemployment. What’s your bankruptcy story? Prepare your very own 30-40 second sound bite explaining why you filed for bankruptcy protection. This is important because as you begin your quest towards a credit score of 720, you are going to be talking to […]

The Five Stages of Bankruptcy Recovery…I Mean, Grief

It’s called bankruptcy recovery for a reason. It’s an overhaul of your entire LIFE! Allow some time to recover and don’t be surprised if you recognize some familiar coping stages most would associate with grief. Denial & Isolation: More than one million people file bankruptcy every year. Remember this when you feel alone. Anger: It’s […]

You Filed for Bankruptcy: How Do You Feel Now?

When you filed bankruptcy you knew exactly how you were going to feel when you got your bankruptcy discharge: completely elated. And you do feel that way – part of the time. But there are also moments of doubt and insecurity. This is a completely human response. Don’t let it throw you off. Set the […]

Know Your Lenders: Interviews and Lender Calls

Earlier when we discussed secured v. unsecured credit cards and their part in securing good credit after bankruptcy, we mentioned that its always best to find out if you have a chance of getting approved prior to actually applying in order to avoid unnecessary “inquiries” reflecting on your credit report. You may still be wondering […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Taking On Your Credit Report: Step Five

After cleaning up you basic information, checking the reporting status of your various accounts, and checking out the inquiries listed on your credit, you’re ready to move on to Step Five. Step Five: Getting to Know the Rules of Time and Credit Reporting At this point it’s time to get a little bit intense and […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

Taking On Your Credit Report: Step One

The first thing you have to do when it’s time to restore your credit after bankruptcy is to access your credit. Pull your report and get a good understanding of where you are and where you want to go. What do I mean by that? Step One: Pull Your Credit Report (Caution: This will include […]