There are many misconceptions surrounding the amount of time it takes to rebuild credit after bankruptcy. But a new study reveals that individuals who file for bankruptcy can improve their credit score sooner than they think.
According to a recent study by LendingTree, more than 40 percent of consumers end up having a credit score of 640 one year after filing for bankruptcy. Approximately 65 percent of filers see the same score, at least, three years after the bankruptcy case is over.
What the study showed was that it is possible to bounce back from a bankruptcy, and relatively quickly. With proper planning and financial insight, it is possible for a bankruptcy filer to get back on his or her feet financially.
It helps to first evaluate how you got to the situation where bankruptcy was needed. Were you spending beyond your means and relying too heavily on credit? Perhaps a medical crisis brought on the debt or an unfortunate event like the loss of a job or a divorce caused the hardship.
The next step is to work on rebuilding your credit. One of the best ways to get credit back to where it once was is to pay all bills on time every month. Missing a payment is such an easy way to hurt your credit score. Put together a budget, see what your monthly expenses are, and stick to that budget. Make sure you have enough income every month to meet your monthly obligations, and set up automatic payments, if needed, to be sure no bills are missed.
In addition, the use of a secured credit card can also help rebuild credit. While these cards do have higher fees and lower spending limits, they can be excellent ways to build up credit and show that you can continue making payments on a card on a regular and consistent basis.
Once you use a secured credit card for a period of time, try to find a card with a lower interest rate. However, the key is to not overspend with this card. Use the card for only necessary expenses and make sure that the balance is paid off in full on a monthly basis.
Experts also recommend that you set up an emergency fund or savings account in the event you run into a financial crisis again in the future. Try putting away a small amount of money regularly on a monthly basis, if not setting up an automatic transfer into savings if possible. By having this emergency fund there, you are protecting yourself from having to rely on credit again in the event a major crisis occurs.
Following these tips and recommendations can help you rebuild your credit after bankruptcy. It may seem like the impossible dream, but with hard work and determination, it is possible.
See what some of our clients have to say about their credit score after filing for bankruptcy…
My credit score said on all three reports 775, I couldn’t believe that I had such a great score before 10 years. Tim for me was the best move I have made for my situation. I have no regrets, I am glad the past is the past. – Bill T.
Hi Tim- I just wanted to send a quick note and thank you and your team for handling my bankruptcy case. It is only a month or two after discharge, and my credit scores are already in the upper 600’s. I’ve sent a screenshot if you would like to use this to show prospective clients. – C.S.
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If you have questions on this topic or are in financial crisis and considering filing for 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 McMaken 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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.