Post-Bankruptcy Credit Improvement Tips

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You've filed for bankruptcy, and your credit is likely as low as it's ever been. But it doesn't have to stay that way. The moment you declare bankruptcy, there are actions you can take which will immediately start rebuilding your credit.

Here's how to start improving your credit score right after a bankruptcy event.

==> Do a Careful Credit Report Check

Look over your credit report. Then look over it again. Carefully check that every account is being reported properly.

Old debts that were wiped out should indicate a "BK" status. Make sure cleared debts are reported accurately to protect your credit score.

==> Pay Your Mortgage On Time

If you managed to keep your house in the bankruptcy process, make sure you do everything in your power to pay your mortgage on time.

Your mortgage has a bigger impact on your credit than anything else. If you can manage to keep it current, that'll really help your credit score. If you go delinquent on your mortgage, the rest of the techniques in this article won't help all that much.

==> Get a Secured Credit Card

Get a secured credit card to start building up your post-bankruptcy creditworthiness.

A secured credit card entails you putting down a small deposit, usually between $300 and $1,000, to open a cash-backed account.

Your money will be held as collateral. You can then use your card as a credit card. Pay it off every month, on time, to start rebuilding your credit.

Make sure that your card is being reported to all three credit reporting agencies.

==> Cutting Your Spending

Having to file bankruptcy means that at some point in your life, you spent more money than you really had. In order to prevent that from happening again, you need to make sure that you're regularly making more money than you're spending.

Any additional cash you earn can be used to improve your financial situation. It can be used on improving credit, paying off debts that weren't wiped out during bankruptcy, or building savings.

Start by cutting back on auxiliary spending. Move into a smaller house or apartment if you can. Try to save 10% to 20% of your income every month.

==> Make a Small Installment Purchase

An installment purchase is treated differently on your credit report than revolving credit (e.g. credit cards). They're treated with more weight.

An installment purchase includes car loans, home mortgages, or even furniture purchases that are paid off in installment form.

Make sure that any installment purchase you make is reported to all three credit reporting agencies. Getting an installment loan and paying it off on time regularly can do a lot for rebuilding your credit.

If you apply these techniques, your after-bankruptcy credit can improve to the point where you can open new unsecured accounts within 2 or 3 years.

Hope this helps,


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