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How To Interact With Credit Bureaus
While it is possible living without a good credit score, it will certainly make your life much harder. All of us need it in order to buy or rent a home, car, have a credit card etc.
Credit bureaus hold the keys of our credit score. There are only a few credit bureaus in the US and through them all our reports are processed. They handle all the information that any of your creditors submits to them and by using this information your credit report is created.
In case that your credit history is not so good, you will have to start with a credit repair. To do this you are going to have to study how to interact and deal with credit bureaus.
1. First thing that you need to do is to find out exactly which credit bureau contains your file. It is very simple, just take a look at one of the rejection letters that you have received when you applied for credit. In the letter besides other information will be stated which bureau provided has provided your credit report.
2. For the next step you are going to need to get your credit report. It is free to obtain it once per year or every time your credit application has been denied. Be aware that sometimes credit companies can imply that you should always pay for a credit report, but in fact you have to pay for it only in case that you want it right away.
Credit bureaus are basically information collectors and sellers. Because of that you should never provide them with any
information that you are not legally obliged to do. And by the law the only info you need to provide is: name, legal address and your social security number.
In some cases bureaus will request of you to provide a social security card copy and a copy of a document that proves your
current address, this will happen only in case that your address is different from the one they have on your file.
Sometimes they can also ask you for a copy of your drivers license as proof of your address, just send them a copy of some
bill with your address on it. Credit bureaus are the owners of numerous collection agencies, and in case that you have credit problems you should provide them with the smallest amount of info you legally can. Otherwise they can use it to harass you with it.
3. When you get it, check it out carefully for any mistakes. If there are some mistakes in your report, send a letter to the credt bureau in which you request that those mistakes be removed from your report.
Credit bureaus are obligated by law to prove that any item on your report is correct, if they can not do that within 30 days limit, then they must remove it. This is, in most cases, the thing that many credit repair companies will do for you and they are going to charge you dearly for it.
Many times negative items are several years old and hard to verify so they have to be removed from your credit report. You
should know that you can save a lot of money if you decide to go through this process alone.
You will need a lot of patience, time and willingness to learn but it can be done. Besides you are going to learn a lot about
finances in the process and it can be of great help to you in the future.
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