Not all credit repair services are legitimate. There are many rules that the Federal Trade Commission imposes around credit repair services, and not all companies follow those rules. So which credit repair services are safe to use, and which of those provides the best service? We tested all of the top names in credit repair to find the answer. We ranked the services based on pricing, services offered, reliability and customer service. Check out all the reviews below and find the right credit repair service for you.
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Spring starts on March 20. While most people use the spring season to do a deep cleaning of their house or a full revamp of their wardrobe, others may find more value in applying the same spring cleaning concept to their financial life. After all, your credit and finances affect many aspects of your everyday […]
Do Tax Payments Affect Your Credit?
Your credit scores are probably the last thing you’ll be thinking about when you file your taxes this season, but did you know that there are instances when your tax payments may impact your credit scores? If you owe or plan to owe the IRS money after you file your tax return this year, keep reading to […]
Does Checking My Own Credit Reports Hurt My Credit?
We all know the importance of keeping our credit in good standing, as credit affects many areas of everyday life, but did you know that it’s equally as important to regularly check your credit reports? There are a number of reasons to do this, but some of the notable ones include allowing you to gain an […]
When Can You Get Free Copies of Your Credit Reports?
We’ve spoken at length about your right to check all three of your credit reports for free once every 12 months, but did you know that there are other times when you can get free copies of your credit reports? As dictated by section 612 of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), there are specific instances […]
What Is Credit Repair?
Credit repair services use the laws around credit reporting to contest derogatory items on your credit report. They are most effective at removing errors or misinformation from your credit report, but can also be used to find derogatory information that can easily be removed because it violates the rules and regulations around credit reporting. Credit repair services will send legal documents contesting the information on your behalf to the credit bureaus. If the bureaus cannot authenticate the information, it will be removed from your credit report.
Does Credit Repair Work?
It depends on what is in your credit report. If all of the negative information in your credit report is accurate, a credit repair service may not be able to have any of it removed. Remember, only false or unvalidated information can be removed from a credit report. There are ways that credit repair services can work with your creditors to remove certain information from your credit report, such as late payments, but overall it is not easy to get accurate information removed from your credit report.
If you have not checked your credit report for years, there may be inaccurate information on it that can be contested, but if you have checked your report and you know that all the information is accurate, it might not be cost-effective to sign up for a credit repair service.