If you want to have a good chance of getting approved for your next loan or getting the best rates possible then you need to get your free credit reports and correct any errors right away before you submit your application. There are a number of reasons and causes which can lead to a credit reporting agency have bad information on you. The following steps can help you to fix any problems you may find in your free credit reports. After everything is corrected you can apply for your loan and get the terms that are right for you.
There are two effective ways that can help you to correct free credit reports. The first way is to fix it through the credit reporting agencies. Second, you can correct it through the creditor that first reported the error. First focus on how you can correct your free credit reports from the credit reporting agencies.
Obviously the first step is to determine exactly what is wrong with your credit. To do this you need to get your free credit reports and find out what information they contain. Once you have this information and have pinpointed where the error is you need to put together evidence that proves the credit agency has to fix your credit report. Be sure to make copies of any related documents so you can keep the originals. You may also need the originals later to correct other problems with your credit score.
Once you have all your documentation and instructions for correcting your report then you need to send them to the credit reporting agencies along with some basic information. Be sure to include your full name, address, date of birth and social security number. You should list any previous names or addresses during the period under dispute. Provide details of the account that is in question along with the creditor’s name. Make sure the instructions include details on what is wrong with the report and how they can fix your credit report. Also add any notes and references you may have to the enclosed documents.
Next you should take all this information and send it by registered mail to the credit reporting agency. According to the law the credit reporting agency then has thirty days to investigate any legitimate claims and fix the credit report. Once this is done the credit reporting agency will notify you that the changes have been made.
Another way to correct errors you find in free credit reports is by approaching the creditor who made the errors. The same information listed above should be sent to them. Once a few weeks has gone by you can call to check on the status of your investigation. This way you won’t have to worry about problems with your credit report in the future.
So what are some errors you should look for on your free credit reports? One of the most common errors is clerical and occurs when one of your lenders is recording payments. Another common error is when an ex-spouse’s credit problems are still attached to your credit history. Lastly there is the increasing problem of identity theft.
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