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Best Credit Repair Agencies
 Jun 08, 2004

Does your credit report need to be fixed or repaired? Credit repair agencies can help. This article will review what to look for in a credit repair agency and how to choose the best credit repair services to assist you in building good credit and increasing your credit score.

When you have a credit problem, you may not know what to do in order to fix it. Because your credit is so important to your personal financial situation, you know you need to make sure it is in good order. But getting started on the road to credit repair can be daunting. If you are concerned about your credit report, but do not know how to start fixing it, a credit repair agency can help you take care of the problem.

Choosing a credit repair agency

There are plenty of credit repair agencies that offer legitimate and helpful services. However, there are also companies that offer suspect services. These can charge excessive fees or even engage in activities that provide a temporary spike to your credit score without actually helping you repair your credit for the long term. It is vital that you do your homework and research possible credit repair agencies before you commit to one.

Here are some questions that you can ask to help you choose the best credit repair agency:

  • What services are offered? Find out what kind of services the credit repair agency offers. You should note, however, that a legitimate agency cannot offer services that you cannot do yourself. This means that whatever services are offered by the credit repair agency, you are likely able to do them yourself -- for free.
  • Does the company claim it will remove negative information from your credit report? Usually when a company makes such a promise, it does so implying that it can somehow remove any negative information. This is not the case. In fact, negative information that is accurate and timely does not have to be removed from your credit report. The company can dispute it on your behalf, but that is something that you can do on your own.
  • What fees does the credit repair agency charge? Most credit repair agencies charge fees. Find out whether the companies you are considering fully disclose the fee structures. Find out whether the credit repair agency charges per-month, per-service, per-transaction or on some other system. You should also find out if there are upfront and "administrative" fees that you have to pay before a company will take you on.
  • Are your legal rights clearly disclosed? Another thing you need to watch for is whether or not the credit repair agency will let you know what your rights are. Are things explained in clear language? Is it easy to read the agreements? Is everything included in the agreements? Specific contract details should also be spelled out prior to you signing an agreement. Make sure that the company will let you review a copy of the contract before you sign. You should consult trusted counsel before making such a decision.
  • What sorts of things does the company encourage you to do in order to fix your credit? One of the more fashionable things that the questionable credit repair agencies try to encourage you to do is to create a new credit identity. You should be aware that such an attempt is actually illegal. Any company that recommends this as a cornerstone of your credit repair is a company to be wary of.

Finally, you should be wary of any credit repair agency that offers to have your credit report or score fixed within a couple of weeks. It usually takes at least a month -- and more regularly 60 days -- for any sort of true improvement to appear. This means that you need to practice patience and engage in responsible financial behaviors as part of your credit repair efforts.

A credit repair agency can help you figure out what you need to do to get your credit back on track, and it can provide helpful guidance and advice. Just make sure you are choosing your credit repair agency wisely.

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