The 6 Most Common Myths that Nobody Explains to the People Who are in Debt
By: Miguel Pancardo
Yeah, these myths have been spread very fast, and there are some trues you really need to know, one of the best examples is that you need a professional agency to do it for you, even though they can help you do it, you can do it for yourself. I did it so can you!, our next step will be to revel the truth from some of the most common myths about credit repair and debt consolidation issues.
Myth 1: I need help…I can’t do it Myself
We need help once in a while and why not, but credit repair and debt consolidation is not one of those areas, it is an area where you can do it by yourself. Back in the days when I saw my credit report for first time I saw some “bad marks” on it (you know some late payments and stuff) I start freaking out and I remember thinking “there is no way I can do this by myself I will need some professional help” nevertheless I did it myself, how? easy I got educated that is the key. And now you are going to get the best education possible on this subject, about how to consolidate your debt, repair your credit, maintain your credit score etc While I was studying my credit report I realized some big mistakes by either the creditor, the credit bureau and even both!!. This were not mine at all. I found several mistakes in multiple accounts and by doing some research it turns out that anywhere from 75% to 90% of the credit reports contain errors.
Myth 2: Your bad credit can’t be fixed.
Not at all, having a bad credit rating does not mean you can’t fix it, it may take you some time to do it, but you can definitely do it. There are several avenues to repair your credit, build positive lines of credit and returning to the good credit path. One of my most embarrassing stories occurred when I was applying for a Banana Republic card and I was denied in the middle of a very important Holiday. Improving your credit is just a matter of getting the right education on the right topics and with my videos you will get all the education you need.
Myth 3: One Credit Score is all you have.
In reality, you have three credit scores, one from each of the major credit reporting agencies. All three will give different scores, so when applying for credit one company may use one company and another place a different one. It’s always good to know your score from all three bureaus. They can vary by as much as 50 points.
Myth 4: Your score will decrease if you check it.
There are soft inquiries and hard inquiries, and they can affect your credit score in different ways. The hard inquiries are those that affect your credit score and are done for the companies you wish to get credit from, the soft inquiries do not affect your score and these are the inquiries that are done in order to obtain your information for promotional purposes.
Myth 5: If you are shopping around for a Loan your score will be lower.
This is a very common myth, if you are searching for a mortgage, home equity loan, or car loan and you apply to multiple vendors this will only appear on your credit report once. This only applies if the same kind of inquires are made within 14 days of each other. Unfortunately, this doesn’t apply for credit cards!
Myth 6: Removing the Negative Items is the Only Way to Improve my Score.
This is a partially true, because “erasing” your bad marks is just one piece of the credit repair puzzle, remember that while removing “negative items” will help you in your credit score, just building “positive credit” will take your score further. Remember when you were denied from a credit card company because you did not have credit? the truth is that you did not have positive credit built up with credit card companies.
“How to reduce the interest rate on your credit card with just one phone call”
It is more simpler than you think; here is what you have to do: Get your telephone, dial their number and ask them to reduce your interest rate!!! just like that, by the way, tell them that you have sitting in front of you a credit card with a lower interest than the one they are offering you. Maybe a zero percent rate for the first 6 months, which after that period will turn into an 8% rate. If you have a higher rate this technique will help you to lower it. Tell them that you are thinking of transferring your balance unless they decrease your interest rate, if you don’t get a deal with the operator ask to talk with the supervisor, in most cases the threat to leave them is the key.