Your credit report has data about where you live, how you take care of your bills, and if you’ve been sued or arrested, or have filed for bankruptcy. Credit reporting agencies sell the data in your report to creditors, insurers, employers, and other organizations that utilize it to evaluate your applications for credit, insurance, employment, or renting a house. The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) promotes the accuracy and privacy of information in the files of the nation’s credit reporting companies.
Some financial advisors and consumer advocates say that you should review your credit report periodically. Why?
- Because the data it contains affects whether you can get a loan — and how much you will have to pay to borrow money.
- To make sure the information is accurate, complete, and up-to-date before you apply for a loan for a major purchase like a house or car, buy insurance, or apply for a job.
- To help guard against identity theft. That’s when someone uses your personal information — like your name, your Social Security number, or your credit card number — to commit fraud. Identity thieves may use your information to open a new credit card account in your name. Then, when they don’t pay the bills, the delinquent account is reported on your credit report. Inaccurate information like that can affect your ability to get credit, insurance, or even a job.
Debt Settlement and Negotiation, Downey
The process of debt settlement is not something the untrained person should try to undertake. There are a lot of different variables involved and a individual not familiar with all of them could end up costing themselves a lot of money.
Debt settlement and negotiation, when done right, can greatly reduce the amount of money owed, the interest rate being charged, or many times both. Also, many creditors will submit a positive entry into your credit report once the terms of the debt settlement or negotiation have been fulfilled.
Again, and this is important, debt settlement and negotiation is best left to the trained professionals. Even if you are offered a debt settlement directly by a creditor, one that seems to be be very good, there is a very good chance that the creditor would actually be willing to negotiate an even more favorable settlement.
Don’t take chances with your credit report! Call the professional credit experts at The Hollenbeck and Associates today for a complimentary consultation.