Quick Fix Credit Repair = A Myth

 

Quick Fix Credit Repair = A Myth

 

While preparing for this article, I ran a simple Google search using the term "quick fix credit repair".  

The result was remarkable.  Over 558,000 articles and references popped up in just seconds.

You'd think with all the tips, info, and guidance available at the snap of our fingers, that improving credit and credit scores would be fast and easy, wouldn't you?  But no. As usual, there's more to the story ... 

While it's true that options exist for those in need of fast credit score improvement for mortgage purposes via rapid rescoring (improvement of even a few points can have a huge impact on the terms offered during mortgage application), raising credit scores substantially typically takes time.  

There is no "quick fix".

Now I know that fact can seem a bit disheartening, especially if you are someone presently in need of credit repair.  But I offer good news to counterbalance it and it provides real hope and a clear path to credit improvement. 

Simple measures to improve credit scores exist ...

 

And when these simple measures are performed methodically and consistently, (with time) they'll reap you positive results.

So what are these simple measures you can take to raise your credit scores and improve your chances for better financing options?  

Here are some easily accomplished suggestions:

  • Check your Credit Report right away ... and then check it regularly in the future.  
  1. Check for accuracy - (Personal info, Social Security Numbers, Date of Birth, Full EXACT Name, Address)
  2. Check for rating  
  3. Check to make sure ALL your credit accounts are being reported
  4. Check to see if late/missed payments are showing? If so, what is the true status of these accounts?
  5. More ... 

 

  • Pay your bills!  Pay them on time, as they are due, each and every time
  • Do NOT close unused credit card accounts.  (Store unused credit cards in a safe secure lockbox)
  • Be aware and mindful of your Utilization of Revolving Credit.
  • Keep the utilization of credit on Credit Cards low.  30% or lower of available credit is recommended - 10% is even better, if possible.
  • Pay fines, parking tickets, etc.  Even seemingly small unpaid debts can be sent to a collection agency and end up wreaking havoc on your credit/Credit Scores
  • Stop applying for new credit/credit cards! (See my post on this topic)
  • Create a budget and plan for your credit improvement. Stick to it. 

 

 

For those that like to pay cash, be aware:  Having no-or-little credit history reporting to the Credit Bureaus reaps low Credit Scores or No scores at all.  

As contrary to common sense as it may seem, this method of payment actually works against you should you hope to buy a home.  In today's mortgage financing world, you must have credit (with viable usable approvable Credit Scores) and a credit history to obtain a home loan.  

Why?  Mortgage Lenders and their Underwriters are seeking clues as to how you handle your finances and available credit.  Your Credit Score(s) and credit history provide them the info and clues they need to make their decision regarding lending money to you.

So, what should you do if you've been paying cash, have no credit card(s), or have a short credit history?  (College students, new graduates, and Millennials should pay special attention here) ...

 

Consider taking these steps:

  • Open up a credit card (known as revolving debt) with a modest borrowing limit. Major retailers and gasoline companies are two (2) good examples of this type of debt. (Make sure prior to taking out new credit or initiating a new credit card, that the company utilized reports to the Credit Bureaus)

 

  • Use the newly-established credit card by charging purchases within your budget constraints.  Pay the balance on time and in full each month.

 

    * I recommend that first-time credit users open only one or two credit lines, to begin with. Take small steps. Learn to handle your credit wisely. Crawl before you walk. 

 

  • Consider using a co-signer to establish a credit account. Lenders consider the co-signer's credit as existing credit.  

 

 (Note: Co-signing is not without risk, so consider this action carefully prior to doing it. 
  Also:  Make sure the co-signer involved has a long good credit history)

  • In cases where Bankruptcy or Foreclosure has occurred or where other credit issues have taken place:  Try opening a "secured" account with a credit union or credit card company. (A "secured" account" is one where a deposit of cash ($250, $500, $1,000) is made with the credit company, as collateral for a credit card)

 

Remember:  Should you be hoping to buy a home in Chicagoland/IL soon or in the future ... it's best to talk to me, your Mortgage Lenderas early in the process as possible.  

The information and assistance I'll provide you will prove extremely beneficial at the time of purchase/mortgage application and quite possibly save you money. 

Hopefully, the info I offer above proves helpful and answers many of your credit and credit scoring questions.  Should you still have questions though, never hesitate to reach out to me to ask them.  I'll be happy to hear from you, help, and assist you moving forward ...

Any Questions? Let's Talk!* In need of financing and credit answers? Looking to see what home buying or refinancing options exist for you in New Lenox, Will County, or elsewhere in the Chicagoland area?  Contact me!  I'll put my 40 years of Mortgage experience and expertise hard to work on your behalf.
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Comments

Great post and valuable information for the home buyer. Thanks for sharing the tips I hope you have a great afternoon.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) about 1 year ago

People spend a lot of money on the quick fix nd they should ave used it to pay down their debt

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 1 year ago

If only there were Quick Fixes.  It is a process and you have explained it all very well.

Featured in BananaTude!

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) about 1 year ago

I like the idea that lenders consider a co-signer's credit as existing credt. I didn't know that.

Posted by Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market (Home Jane Realty) about 1 year ago

There's loads of valuable information in this blog, Gene!  It's likely to help a number of folks!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 1 year ago

Hi Gene - Great advice. Our past clients who took these steps seriously were all able to reach their goals - it did take some time, but the result was well worth it.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) about 1 year ago

Great post. My millenial son and his wife asked just the other day. How many lines of credit should a young couple have? They use primarily one but would having more help them improve their credit so they are ready to buy a house.

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) about 1 year ago

This is a big myth:\

Having no-or-little credit history reporting to the Credit Bureaus reaps low Credit Scores or No scores at all

Posted by Sham Reddy, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) about 1 year ago

Gene, if you max out your credit, but pay them off each month, is the effect more detrimental than using  only10-30% of your available credit, as you recommend?

Posted by Brian L. Sirota, Esq., For Solutions: (714) 501-7660 (Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney)) about 1 year ago

My husband and I have been careful to maintain a good score. Hopefully we are never in need of a fix, quick or not! LOL

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 1 year ago

Thanks for the great advice! Especially the co-signer info.

Posted by Cynthia Biechler (Biechler Grp Real Estate w/HOMESMART Connect - Chicago) about 1 year ago

This is great information for several future buyers I have in my data base. Going to share your post !!. 

Posted by Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA, Providing the integrity and service you deserve. (Future Home Realty) about 1 year ago

I have watched my score shrink when I have closed accounts that I do not use. It is weird. But it is true.

Good advice. Thanks.

Posted by Brian DeYoung, Brian DeYoung ( Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) about 1 year ago

Dear Gene,

But no. As usual, there is more to the story ...

Can paying off your mortgage impact your credit negatively?

 

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) about 1 year ago

So...I get this question from clients occasionally, if they have an unused credit card they want to get rid of and close, whats the best way? And why would reducing your overall credit exposure lower your score? seems like less risk for the lenders...never figured that one out...great article too!

Posted by Robert Poe CCIM about 1 year ago

Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi - now I know why one of the lenders insisted I wait and another one said, no worries! Of course, I have to worry!

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) about 1 year ago

Gene.

Great information and great suggestions in order to fix credit rating.

Posted by Shahar Hillel, Mortgage Consultant, Loan Officer. (Augusta Financial Inc.) about 1 year ago

Gene, with over 15 years and thousands of satisfied credit enhancement clients, I have to disagree with you on a couple of points sir. There 'really are' a number of quick fixs available that we've employed over the years. As you know, credit scores are based on five basic components such as payment history(35%), amounts owed/utilization(30%)age of accounts(10%), mix/types of accounts(10%) and new credit(15%)

I point this out because we have been VERY successful over the years in achieving very substantial score increases in as little as 72 hours by assessing the clients' greatest weakness and correcting/changing that. Case in point, I had a client in Maryland a while back who had a JC Penny account on her credit with a $300.00 limit and a $325.00 balance. I instructed her to go to her local store, make a payment of at least $50.00, scan the receipt over to her broker and he did a rapid rescore and realized a 60 point increase.

I NEVER reccommend a secured credit card because;

1. it is usually too small a limit to be of any consequence

2. it will be clearly designated as a "secured card" on the report with not much impact

3. it is a 'new account' without a payment history of at least 6-12 months and

4. if they buy a couple of tanks of gasoline, they'll be over 30-50% utilization doing far more harm than good.

We work with mortgage and real estate brokers  throughout the country and help them close deals every day...

Posted by LaMont Andrews 480.821.9108, We help you close a LOT more deals every year... (www.CreditDisputePros.com) about 1 year ago

Good Morning Gene - this is common sense for most people but some don't really get it.  You have given them the road map.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 1 year ago

Hello Gene. Your post sparked my interest because I worked at a mortgage credit reporting service in the 80s and 90s. Whenever a buyer's credit score was too low, the lender would tell them to dispute everything negative on their credit report, (whether or not the info was correct). If the negative info could not be verified within a specified time, it would have to be deleted. This is how many people with legitimate delinquencies got them removed and were able to raise their credit score. The lenders did not care at all that the borrowers did not pay their bills on time (or ever!)--they just wanted the credit reports "cleaned up" so they could approve the loan and package it up to sell on the secondary market.

Posted by Janelle Ancillotti, HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY (Seneca Home Staging) about 1 year ago

Hi Gene

We can always count on your for a healthy dose of reality and good information to benefit consumers. Guess I am always a bit suspicious of "quick fixes."

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) about 1 year ago

Fixing credit really isn't all that hard.  Just time and consistent actions.  No backsliding. It's amazing how well that works. 

Posted by Mick Michaud, Your Texas Lifestyle is Here! (Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107) about 1 year ago

Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi "...raising credit scores substantially typically takes time. There is no "quick fix"."

Right on target - and - re-blog!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) about 1 year ago

Great article! I plan to share with others.

Posted by Ron Barnes, "Most agents claim they're #1 - I THINK YOU'RE #1! (Associate Broker at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Georgia Properties) about 1 year ago

Follow the road to a good score by your suggestions.  Great post.

Posted by Rose Mary Justice, Synergy Realty Pros (Synergy Realty Pros) about 1 year ago

Good morning Gene. Qick fix is an oxymoron. This is a thoroiugh and excellent post.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 1 year ago

My thinking is bad credit doesn't happen overnight nor will good credit.  Great info here.

Posted by Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, ... a small office, delivering big service! (Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC) about 1 year ago

Who wouldnt want help on this subject? However, beware of help in sheeps clothing. Good posting and hosting here. Slogan: Keep things clean with Gene

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 1 year ago

Thank you for your post. Good ideas. But I do have to disagree with in 1 area. Close unused credit card accounts. Having multiple credit cards lowers your score.

Posted by April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers) about 1 year ago

Great advice. Thanks my friend! I am a personal testament to the fact it can take a while to get one's credit back on track. It takes diligence and patience. Be well!

Posted by Paul McFadden, Pest Control, Seattle, WA. (Paratex) about 1 year ago

Years ago I had home buyers in their 50's who were outraged at the trouble they had getting a mortgage loan. They felt that they had been good, responsible citizens by saving their money and paying cash for everything along the way. We had to get verification of things like their history of paying rent, power bills, phone bills, etc. in order to get them that loan.

They couldn't believe that no debt was the same as bad credit.

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) about 1 year ago

Excellent advice. I also want to chime in and say it's important to never open a new line of credit while shopping for a mortgage and even after money clears escrow. I've heard horror stories of happy buyers who went and bought a car days after closing on a brand new home. More than one hardpull so close together is very dangerous! 

Posted by April @ Chime Technologies, We market for agents, build CRM and tools. Ask me! (Chime) about 1 year ago

There is no quick fix. Pay on time and cut your debt

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 1 year ago

Thank you for sharing such great information and great suggestions in order to fix credit rating.

Posted by Mega Team Real Estate, San Francisco and Peninsula Real Estate Concierge (Realty ONE Group Alliance) about 1 year ago

Get Rich Quick and Quick Credit Repair are great enticements but do not lead to what is promised.

Great tips that will get the job done.

Posted by John Wiley, Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA (Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty) about 1 year ago

OMG!  I had to get on here and comment on this!  I have been providing credit education and repair since 2009 and there is no magic fix, no fairy dust, no instant results.

Now, when a consumer makes the right moves and removes inaccurate or outdated information on their credit reports the scores can climb rather quickly.  I have seen this happen.  However consumers that don't even understand the why, underwriting guidelines or what it all means have the most to gain from learning.  They can spend time on google like you did and get both fact and fiction.  Or they can meet someone who can accurately educate them.  Education is key.  I am a credit nerd...I can't help it.  

Let me add a bit to your post:

One late payment can drop a consumers score as much as 65 points so yes, pay those bills on time.

You can carry approximately 10% - 30% on your revolving debt.  Depending on your overall debt load 10% might be the sweet spot for you to drive your score up.  For someone else 30% might be sweet.  Play with the balance and compare how it affects your score.

Length of credit history is important.  Don't close accounts and be prepared for when you pay off your car note that your score may drop by as much as 30 points.

Finally, there will be a difference in the score a lender sees and the score a consumer sees.  The consumer will see a higher score - anywhere from 30-40 points than what the lender sees.  This is due to risk of loss.  So consumers should try to build their scores upwards of 30-40 points than what their lender needs.

Oh, there is so much more....but I had to get that out, lol.

Finally, if you are in Gene Mundt's area call him for financing!

Posted by Jeanette Acevedo about 1 year ago

Great read. How things certainly have changed...and also another eye opener for me.

Posted by Peter Lavelle REALTOR®, GRI SRES, ABR, SOLD@100%Market Value,or I Pay You the Difference (Keller Williams Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Thanks for sharing your expertise on credit repair Gene.  It takes a while, and some bad credit behavior to get into a mess.  It will take a while to get it going the other way.  No one mentioned the elephant in the room---student loan debt.

Posted by Dan Derito (Success! Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Dan, how do you eat an elephant sir? One bite at a time!!! While student loan debt is and continues to be a major issue especially with millenials today. My experience has been to show it as under control and well managed. I suggest to our clients that the first thing they need to do is an income based consolidation to get all of it consolidated with the smallest possible payment and to insure they are on the correct "forgiveness path," 10 year or 25 year. Additionally, the new lender has the option of removing any and all previous derogatory reporting after six months of on time payments.  Typically the new consolidated/reduced lower payment will help lower their DTI... If you need any additional information or referrals, let me know sir...

Posted by LaMont Andrews 480.821.9108, We help you close a LOT more deals every year... (www.CreditDisputePros.com) about 1 year ago

so funny, my score is good and I monitor it several ways regularly, but you did remind my I laid a medical bill aside last week and I need to mail a check tomorrow

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 1 year ago

Congratulations on your feature recognition. This is excellent advice to share.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) about 1 year ago

Great info & it's not as easy as just clicking on credit repair in Google. I don't think that people realize how much it actually costs them extra.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) about 1 year ago

Very true Lyn, it's very sad that they don't teach credit as part of finance in schools so 90% of the populace come out into the real world without a clue about credit nor the impact it will have on their lives in the future...

Posted by LaMont Andrews 480.821.9108, We help you close a LOT more deals every year... (www.CreditDisputePros.com) about 1 year ago

So, Jeanette Acevedo, #36, stated that lenders undercut the consumer's credit score by up to 40 points, so, if a lender posts a credit score of 680 to qualify for a certain rate and the consumer score is 680 from the credit bureaus, will the rate be increased? If not, why is that information important to consumers? If so, wouldn't that be a HUD violation and possible litigation by consumers? 

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) about 1 year ago

TEN Stars Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi ....quick fixes rarely "fix" anything !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) about 1 year ago

Excellent information as usual Gene!  It's so important for anyone looking to purchase a house, a car, or anything major to understand their credit and how to improve it.  Saving money with higher scores is highly underrated!  Great job!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) about 1 year ago

Gene

Your post is a must read for real estate professionals . . .  . Great information.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 1 year ago

Gene

Congratulations on a gold star feature for an informative post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 1 year ago

Gene, your advice is spot on.  Those with a bankruptcy looming or in the works should take heed and not fall for any quick fix credit repair.  It just won't happen. 

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) about 1 year ago

Gene -  I monitor mine and it is always good but I want to get the one loan off that I co signed for my daughters education.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 12 months ago

This is very sound advice you posted here and I hope all AR Members spend a few moments reading it. Thank you and Happy Independence Day!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty One Group) 11 months ago

Many potential home buyers are 3 to 6 months away from repairing their credit and qualifying for a home. However, time isn't the only factor. They must follow the advice of Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi to accelerate their credit repair and to avoid making simple mistakes that can cause big credit score setbacks.

Posted by Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert (Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827) 10 months ago

Many times people just forget that they missed the payment, or closed a card, or were late with a payment....credit history reflects all of that for too many years. 

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA (Barcode Properties) 9 months ago

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