ABOUT CREDIT REPORTING AND SCORING

 

Experian, Equifax and TransUnion are for-profit corporations and are in the business of buying and selling credit information and they play no part in the credit repair or restoration process unless they are requested to do so. They are not a government agency, a public service nor do they act as a watchdog and contact you about possible problems with your credit. It’s also very important to know that they are responsive not proactive companies. In other words, you have to go to them to repair any false charges or erroneous information. Until you do, they assume all is well with your credit report(s). Every time you ask Experian, Equifax and TransUnion to look into problems with your credit report (including disputing information or asking that an item be removed), it costs them money so it is logical to believe that they will sometimes take measures to avoid acting on your behalf. But with Great American Credit Repair in your corner, you’ll be able to deal with the “big three” in the most efficient and effective way possible. We have years of experience with these credit bureaus and know exactly how to deal with them to get real results in the shortest amount of time possible.
Below is a breakdown of the main factors used to determine your credit score. These are approximations. For example, major banks and other lenders may use their own systems to generate your credit score.

Payment History (35%)

  • Payments due and past due, including how long they are past due
  • Your payment history for specific accounts such as installment loans, mortgages, credit cards, and purchases or services
  • The number of past due items on file (whether the information is accurate or not)
  • Adverse public proceedings such as suits, liens, bankruptcy, wage garnishments, judgments, and accounts turned over to collection
  • The time that has passed since any public proceedings
  • The number of accounts paid per each agreement with dates and amounts paid

Amounts Owed (30%)

  • Proportions and percentages of credit lines used
  • How many accounts you have with current balances
  • Amounts owing on such accounts
  • Installments and the balance (proportion) compared to the original loan
  • Amount owed on various and specific types of accounts

Credit History (15%)

  • Time since accounts were applied for and opened
  • Time since the last activity (payment or purchase) for each account

New Credit (10%)

  • Accounts recently opened and the proportion of various types of accounts
  • Number of recently opened accounts
  • Recent credit inquiries from lenders including retail and credit agencies
  • Time since your last credit inquiry
  • Restoration and repair of positive credit

Types of Credit Used (10%)

  • Types of credit: mortgages, installment loans, credit cards, retail accounts (stores) and consumer finance accounts and the prevalence (percentage) of the different types of credit used

Great American Credit Repair is well aware of how credit scores are calculated and takes this information into consideration when deciding how to prepare disputes for individual items on your report. Following this approach, Great American Credit Repair is confident that you will achieve the highest credit score possible.

Despite the hype, the proof is in the results, negative credit items are deleted every day. The United States Congress has enacted a set of laws that protect the consumer and provide that only 100% verifiable, 100% accurate information appear on a person’s credit report. This same law details the rules for how negative information must be investigated and treated should it be challenged. We at Great American Credit Repair are experts on the law and have developed effective strategies that will help you achieve your financial goals. We will be your advocates to ensure that the credit bureaus comply and provide you with the protections that the law demands.
As with any industry, there are companies who provide legitimate services, delivering real measurable results, and there are those who will tell you what you want to hear hoping to make a quick buck off of you through fraud and deceit. Beware of those frauds that make unrealistic promises. The reality is that we can provide a valuable service and help you achieve your goals, but any particular outcome can never be guaranteed. We at Great American Credit Repair can only guarantee that we will work with you to help you enforce the rights that have been provided for you by Federal law. These rights are broad and expansive giving the consumer the tools needed to ensure a fair and accurate reporting of their credit.
When you speak with credit grantors, collection agencies, or credit bureaus, their typically ignorant staff may tell you all this nonsense: The law demands that negative listings appear on your credit report for NO LONGER than ten (10) years of bankruptcy. The credit grantor or the credit bureau can choose to delete the negative credit listing whenever they see fit. You can remove these items much quicker by disputing them.
The credit bureaus have cleverly spread this myth through the news media and government agencies. The truth is, credit bureaus will often temporarily delete a negative listing if they haven’t heard from the credit grantor after approximately thirty days. If the credit grantor report late, say after six weeks, and then verifies the negative listing, the credit bureau will often reinsert the negative listing on the credit report. This is commonly known as a “soft delete.” Usually however, the creditor simply fails to respond and the negative listing is permanently deleted. If the credit grantor verifies the item, either before thirty days or after, the account may still be challenged at some future time. Are items such as bankruptcies and foreclosures impossible to remove? Any type of negative item can be removed from a credit report, assuming the right circumstances exist. Bankruptcies and foreclosures are definitely more difficult to remove from the credit report only because of the systems the credit bureaus use. They are, however, removable as are every other type of negative item.
No creditor considers information given in a 100-word statement. The statement only serves to verify some of the negative listings on the credit report. We make sure that thee 100-word statements are some of the first things we get deleted from your credit file.
Some unscrupulous companies and individuals may try to sell you on the idea of changing your Social Security Number or getting an Employer Identification Number to set up a new credit file with the credit bureaus. BEWARE of this scam, it is not only very difficult to do, but in most instances, it is also illegal.
Any amount of bad credit is devastating to your chances of being approved by a credit grantor. Most credit grantors never actually look at your credit report. A computer pulls your credit report, rates your credit standing, income, indebtedness, and stability, and then spits out an acceptance or denial. Even one or two late payments will usually trigger a credit card or personal loan denial. The slightest amount of negative credit will cause the interest on an auto loan to skyrocket. You will probably find that even a little bad credit, regardless of how much good credit you have, is an unacceptable barrier to credit approval. In fact, the better your credit score is, the worst a negative item will affect your score.
The most unfortunate aspect of having poor credit is you may have difficulty securing a loan and you’ll pay higher interest rates if you get that loan. Over the course of a home mortgage for example, higher interest rates brought on by poor credit and a low credit score means higher monthly payments and the fact that you may end up paying as much as an additional $150,000 for your home over the course of the mortgage. That’s why we will help you restore your credit and put you in a position to secure the best possible rates when purchasing large ticket items such as a home or vehicle. In addition, you may have to pay higher interest rates for credit cards and auto loans and perhaps have to place a cash deposit to secure that credit card and come up with a larger down payment for that auto loan. Even utilities such as power, water, cable and telephone service may require a larger security deposit. Great American Credit Repair will help you avoid these additional expenses. Poor credit can also cost you in the sense that it is much more stressful to deal with all the issues surrounding your personal finances when you have credit problems
Here are some of the challenges you’ll face if you have poor credit:
$$$$$ Obtaining an auto loan
$$$$$ Getting a mortgage
$$$$$ Renting an apartment, house, condo or office
$$$$$ Securing a credit card or line of credit
$$$$$ Taking out a life or auto insurance policy
$$$$$ Paying bills online
$$$$$ Utilities (security deposits)
$$$$$ Renting a car
$$$$$ Employment history and securing work
Credit problems often occur because of the lack of communication between the consumer and their creditor. Simple mistakes such as a payment being lost in the mail, errors made by the creditor when entering your information, even computer errors or staffing shortages can cause problems that are not readily noticed.
Some Four and Five Letter Abbreviations You Should Know

Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
The Fair Credit Reporting Act gives you the right to review and correct your credit reports. It also controls the proper use of credit reports (determines for what purpose they can be used) and requires reporting agencies to maintain complete and accurate information (this does not mean they always do so).

Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA)
Regardless of race, age, religion, gender or marital status, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act states that all consumers are given an equal chance to obtain credit and you cannot be denied credit based on the attributes above.

Fair Credit Billing Act (FCBA)
During the time a credit report in is dispute, creditors cannot report an associated account as delinquent. This act also requires the prompt correction of any errors on open-ended accounts.

Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)
This Act states that the collectors of loans cannot employ unfair, deceptive or abusive practices including anonymous phone calls, making threats, using obscene language, making a debt public, or carrying out any kind of harassing behavior.

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