Your FREE Guide to Improve Your Credit Score



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Your Credit Score After a Big Problem

Big and bad problems can happen to you - bankruptcies, divorces, law suits, non-payment of taxes.  These are big problems that can affect your credit score in a big way.  If you have faced a large problem that has ruined your credit, you need to take action fast and work consistently to boost your FICO score:

Tip #25: If you have bad credit, establish better credit by taking out credit and repaying it quickly.

If you have terrible credit following a bankruptcy or other major financial upheaval, you may need to get back into a good credit rating by taking out a loan you can handle.  Make an appointment to see your bank or bad credit lender a few months or years after the problem in question and arrange for a small loan.

You should have enough savings to pay for the loan before you do this.  Pay back the loan quickly.  It will not hugely boost your credit score but it will show lenders that you are having an easier time paying your bills.  Taking out a small loan you can repay is part of the slow process of reestablishing good credit following a big financial problem.

Tip #26: Try secured credit if you cannot qualify for other types of credit

Secured credit is credit or a loan which uses something as collateral.  In some cases, this could be an asset like a house.  In some cases, this collateral could be money frozen in an account by the bank for just such a purchase. 

If you need credit following a big problem with your credit score, secured credit may be something you can qualify for. You can use this secured credit to reestablish a good credit rating so that you will qualify for other loans in the future.  You may have to pay slightly higher interest if your credit score is quite low, but in the long term repaying this type of loan can improve your credit score.


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