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Subject: Credit Scores
Category: Business and Money > Finance
Asked by: bureau-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 07 Nov 2006 09:22 PST
Expires: 07 Dec 2006 09:22 PST
Question ID: 780812
I am purchasing a house and have two recent hits on my credit (past
due 30 days 2 months in a row - pretty much my fault actually). Is
there any reliable and quick way to boost my credit in a week? Even if
it costs a bit?

Request for Question Clarification by justaskscott-ga on 09 Nov 2006 22:15 PST
You indicate that you have two recent hits that are essentially your
fault.  However, does your credit report have mistakes that are *not*
your fault?  Or do you have the ability to pay off one of your current
debts?  If so, then, according to several reputable websites, there is
a reliable and quick way to boost your credit in less than a week (by
correcting the hits that aren't your fault).  It does cost a bit, but
may save you money on a mortgage loan.

Please let me know if you think that this option would apply in your situation.
Subject: Re: Credit Scores
Answered By: nenna-ga on 17 Nov 2006 11:21 PST
Hello bureau-ga,

Unfortunately, I doubt you are going to be able to fix your credit in
a week. Just consider paperwork and processing of new information to
start with. That right there is longer than a week in most cases. Let
us talk a little about how credit scores work to begin with.

I personally belong to a service called CreditInform. Every 3 months
they send me a copy of my credit report broken down. I started this a
couple of years ago when I wanted to fix/build my credit score up. I
HIGHLY recommend them if you would like to track and raise your score.
In 2 years, I have raised my credit score over 300 points.

There are three main credit bureaus: 

Equifax, based in Atlanta, Georgia
Experian, based in Allen, Texas
TransUnion, based in Springfield, Pennsylvania. 

These three agencies are going to be where you file any disputes
regarding your credit and who reports information to lenders when you
apply for credit. These ?Big 3? do not exchange info with each other,
so, depending on whom the lender pulls information from, they can get
a different picture of your credit history, giving you a different
credit score. Credit Inform pulls all three into one report to give
you the most accurate picture of your credit. I chose to use them for
that reason alone in the beginning.

How long do things remain on your credit report?
Public records and collection items stay on your report for seven
years with the exception of bankruptcies, which stay on for ten years,
except successfully completed Chapter 13 bankruptcies, which are also
removed after seven years.

Unpaid tax liens remain for 15 years. 

Positive information remains indefinitely, although agencies can
remove it after seven years.

Inquiries remain for two years.

If there is inaccurate information on your credit report, you can
dispute it. This process can take up to 30 days for the initial
dispute. Here is a Sample Dispute Letter that you can use to dispute

Credit scores range from 350 to 850. 
350-475 is considered Very Weak
475-550 ? Weak
550-630 ? Fair
630-740 ? Good
740-850 ? Excellent

As far as your late payments, here is what Credit Inform has to say about that?

?Some cases of late payments are worse than others. If you have not
been late with any payments recently, lenders may think you are
responsible and do not (or will no longer) miss payments. Lenders
realize that many people occasionally pay late. Therefore, being late
with a single payment is typically not as harmful as being late with
two or more consecutive payments. Similarly, being late on many
accounts is typically worse than being late on one. In addition,
lenders may view late payments as a more serious problem if you have
collection accounts or negative public records such as bankruptcies or
court judgments. These types of credit records indicate a pattern of
credit problems. Finally, it may not be as harmful to be late with
your payments if the past due balances are small, because lenders
stand to lose less money if they remain unpaid.?

Also, from another site about late payments?

?Your payment history makes up 35% of your total credit score. Your
recent payment history will carry much more weight than what happened
five years ago. Missing just one months? payment on anything can knock
50 to 100 points off your credit score. Paying your bills on time is a
single best way to start rebuilding your credit rating and raise
credit score for you.? 

I recommend in order to raise your score overall (and it will take
longer than a week) to get a copy of your credit report from all three
major Agencies and check it over. Are all of your closed accounts
actually closed? Are all of your payments reported correctly? Are the
accounts all yours? Credit Inform also has a tool where you can
propose a scenario and it tells you how that will affect your credit
score. IE: Paying everything on time for 6 months, applying for a
loan, etc.

You also have to be aware that some Credit Repair places are scams. 

??Credit repair schemes are a big problem for consumers,? said Eileen
Harrington, Deputy Director of the FTC?s Bureau of Consumer
Protection. ? Credit repair promoters generally charge hundreds of
dollars, but do not deliver on their claims. The fact is, they cannot.
No one can legally remove accurate and timely information from your
credit report.?? (FTC - Credit Scams)

Bad information cannot be removed from a credit report if it is
legitimate information. If in the process of trying to raise your
score, you encounter anyone who says they can get rid of info on your
report that is legit info (IE your 2 late payments) it?s a SCAM. It is

The purpose of the above article is?
??is to alert consumers that there is absolutely no reason to pay for
credit repair ? ever. Despite their claims, there is nothing that any
credit repair firm can do for you for a fee that you cannot do for
yourself at little or no cost.?

Hence why I say if you want to influence your score, it WILL take more
than a week and please do not fall into an expensive trap.

From the same site:
# Avoid any company that wants you to pay for credit repair services
before they provide any services. It is against the law.
# Avoid any credit repair company that will not tell you your legal
rights and what you can do, yourself, free.
# Avoid any credit repair company that tells you not to contact a
credit reporting company directly.
# Avoid any credit repair company that advises you to dispute all of
the information in your credit report.
# Avoid any company that suggests creating a ?new? credit identity ?
and then, a new credit report ? by applying for an Employer
Identification Number to use instead of your Social Security number.
That is against the law. If you follow illegal advice and commit
fraud, you also may be subject to prosecution.

?The FTC advises that only time, a conscious effort, and a personal
debt repayment plan can improve your credit report. The first step is
to learn what information is in your credit report. If you find errors
or mistakes, federal law gives you the right to have them corrected ?
free of charge.
Federal law requires that the nationwide consumer reporting companies
? Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion ? provide you with a free copy of
your credit report once every 12 months, if you ask for it. To order
your free report, visit, call 1-877-322-8228,
or complete and mail the Annual Credit Report Request Form. Other
credit repair information is available on the FTC?s Web site,

Once again, the link to this site is:

For example, this site says it can raise your score in 24 hours by
knowing the ?secret? phone #?s and tricks of the Agencies.

It?s plain BS. It is impossible. Changes that affect your credit score
have to be reported to one of the three agencies, processed, and
updated. It is just not possible. A day, a week?nope, not going to
happen. Honestly, the best thing to do would be to spend a year
getting your credit back in order and raising your score, and then try
buying the house if you are that concerned. That, or refinance once
you get your credit score raised after the initial purchase.

Here are some more sensible, legit articles on how to improve your score.

I think at this point, your best bet is to get copies of your credit
report, check them over for accuracy, dispute anything you may have a
concern about, and go from there. There is no surefire, reliable way
to raise your score in a week. Even if you did, it could take up to 30
days for the three agencies to report it on a current credit report.
You can try to quickly up your credit score by paying off debts,
getting your credit card balances between 40-50% of the credit limit
on them, etc. However, that does not mean a lender will you give you
the best rate. All factors are considered in a credit report, and
those two late payments do state that for some reason, no matter how
good the rest of your credit, you were late the last 2 months.

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Subject: Re: Credit Scores
From: research_help-ga on 07 Nov 2006 12:30 PST
There is absolutely no way to "boost your credit in a week."  Credit
scores are based on the history reported by creditors to one of 3
credit bureaus.  Even if there was a mistake on your report which was
hurting your score, the process to fix it takes substantially longer
than 1 week.  Unfortunately you'll have to deal with the lower score
caused by your actions.  You may try explaining to the mortgage lender
why your score was hurt and they may or may not take that into

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