Fixing Your Credit Score After Disaster Strikes
Posted: Monday, September 19, 2011
If your credit score took a beating because your house went into foreclosure or you filed for bankruptcy, do not despair. The good news is that a bad credit score is not permanent. It can be fixed. It can take 7-10 years for improvement, but it might be faster if you are proactive.
Map Out a Plan
If you foresee a credit disaster, map out a plan. If default is looming, then pick the account with the highest monthly balance to fall behind. This will free up more money to pay your other debts. It is better to default on one big account rather than several smaller ones.
Default on Credit Cards First
If you need to choose which debt to stop paying, pick the credit cards because they are unsecured and a creditor can't repossess anything. Defaulting on a car loan or mortgage will hurt your credit score more than a credit card. Plus, the creditor can take your automobile or house.
Get a Secured Credit Card
You can start improving your credit score by getting a secured credit card. Generally, these are the only credit cards available to a consumer after their credit has taken a beating.
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