A poor credit score can affect everything from your credit card and mortgage interest rates to your insurance premiums. It can even affect your employment prospects. Repairing credit takes time, but it’s not impossible. If you are in the subprime category because of a foreclosure or bankruptcy, below are some steps you can take to start improving your credit and getting your score above the all-important 700 mark.
1. Get a secured credit card: A secured credit card can be a good payment method to keep you out of debt. If you deposit $500 to your card, your credit limit becomes $500. Make sure that the issuer reports your activity to the three main credit bureaus (i.e. – TransUnion, Experian and Equifax) to help raise your score.
2. Use Retail or Gas Cards: As your credit score improves with secured or prepaid cards, you will eventually qualify for retail cards from department stores and gas stations. The interest rate on these cards is often high making it essential that you don’t hold a balance beyond the grace period.
3. Beware of Quick Fixes: Do not pay a lot of money to somebody promising to rebuild your credit in a short amount of time. There are no quick fixes. It will take time to repair your credit, but you will likely have a score above 700 before the bankruptcy falls off your report.
If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.