How to Improve Your Credit Score

by DeLadurantey Law Office, LLC on January 6, 2010

Your credit score is the method that lenders use to predict your ability as a consumer to spend responsibly and to repay your debts in a timely manner. If you have ever been in debt, you may have seen a drop in your credit score. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to raise your credit back to a normal level. In the future, this will help you take out loans for important purchases, like a home or a car.

To help lift your credit score:

  • Spend responsibly. A high credit limit does not necessarily indicate that you will be able to pay back the money you borrow. In fact, high credit limits often exist so that credit card companies can trick consumers into developing debt that they cannot repay.
  • Pay your bills on time. Try to pay off your immediate debts, such as your monthly credit card fees, before paying off long-term debts such as student loans.
  • Do not open new credit cards so that you may purchase more. In addition, try to pay off your debt over time rather than passing it in between credit card accounts.
  • Use a secured credit card. These cards require you to make a cash deposit into your account which then becomes your maximum monthly credit limit. Much like a debit or checking account, you must have money in your account in order to spend it. Secured cards allow you to safely rebuild your credit over time.

Rebuilding your credit can be a long and slow process, particularly if you have struggled financially in the recent past. However, with hard work and patience, you can bring your credit rating up to a level that will be attractive to lenders.

Contact a Milwaukee Debt Negotiation Lawyer

People too far in debt may find themselves faced with repossessions and foreclosures on their homes and other property. If you are faced with one of these severe cases, contact the experienced Milwaukee bankruptcy lawyers of the DeLadurantey Law Office, LLC at 414-377-0518.

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