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Life After Bankruptcy

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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