Category: Credit Reporting

ERA Credit Services is now a Member of the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce

Since we began representing United Credit Education Services in 2012, we have always strived to be a part of our community and support local businesses. We realize the challenge small business owners face and the huge benefit of referring business to each other. That is why we are proud to announce that ERA Credit Services is now a member of the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce.

Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce

Since relocating to, and now offering credit repair in the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo area last year, we have been looking for organizations that truly promote local small businesses. We have found one of those organizations in the Central Pinellas Chamber.

We are very pleased to be a part of the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce.

We have already begun to establish meaningful relationships with business owners in the area. We look forward to helping small business owners with challenged credit as well as real estate, mortgage and banking professionals that need credit worthy clients.

The Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce is one of the most active groups we have joined. In addition to leads groups that meet every two weeks, there are a variety of events that occur throughout the month that are always well attended by members and guests. As well, there are opportunities to host happy hour or other meeting events for more exposure for our business.

For more than 60 years, the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce has been empowering business by providing the necessary tools and resources to help them succeed. This includes networking leads groups, government advocacy and economic development initiatives in addition to programs and events focused on professional development.

If you would like further information about Chamber of Commerce activities and the benefits of joining the Chamber call Membership Director, Kathy Pabst Robshaw at 727-584-2321.

Tips on Maintaining a Good Credit Score

10 Tips on Maintaining a Good Credit Score

Maintaining a Good Credit Score

Below is some great information for every consumer on first getting, and then maintaining a good credit score.

Monitor Your Credit Report

First, in order to know if you have a good credit score, enroll for an online credit monitoring system that alerts you if there are changes to your report and/or credit score. We suggest SmartCredit.

Use Credit Cards Like a Debit Card

For building and maintaining a good credit score treat your credit card like it’s a debit card. If you can’t afford to pay off a purchase at the end of every month don’t make that purchase. And, use cards with benefits (travel, points, etc.)

Credit Card Balances

If you have to maintain a balance on your credit cards make sure it is low relative to your limit. A good rule of thumb is under 30% of the limit. The credit reporting agencies all consider debt to limit ratios an impact factor in calculating a good credit score.

Use of Credit Cards

If you have credit cards use them periodically, even just once every few months. A dormant card reduces the impact on a good credit score.

Resist Department Store Cards

If you have major cards you don’t need a store card. They usually come with annual fees and high interest rates.

Resist Co-signing for Others

When you co-sign for another on any type of loan you give up control of credit history to another person. If that individual is late on a payment in can cost up to 60 points and affect your good credit score.

Expand Your Portfolio

Maintaining a good credit score requires more good credit. If you have just a secured credit card, apply for an unsecured card after 6 to 9 months. But don’t have more than 3 credit cards. It’s simply not necessary.

Keep Track of Automatic Payments

Payments that are automatically deducted every month from your checking account by giving a creditor your debit or credit card must be monitored. If your card expires they can quickly turn into late payments. Late payments can have a huge impact on your good credit score.

Note Annual Fees

If you have credit cards and other accounts with annual fees make sure you pay those fees promptly. Sometimes they go unnoticed and therefore, unpaid causing late payments and delinquencies.

Keep Inquiries to a Minimum

Hard inquiries can cost you points on your credit score. Keep inquiries from prospective creditors to a minimum. Be especially careful when purchasing a car. Some dealerships and car lots will have several finance companies run reports on you all on the same day.

If Your Credit Score is Below 640, Get Help

A credit score below 640 will not typically put you in a position to qualify for a mortgage. As well, it will cost you more in interest rates and deposits for credit cards, insurance, cable, cell phone, other utilities and more.

maintaining a good credit score

Credit Repair May Be Needed by Many Boomerang Home Buyers

According to a January 26, 2015 article published on RealtyTrac.com, more than 7 million people will fall into the category of Boomerang buyers and enter the housing market over the next 8 years. People that lost their homes prior to 2007-2008 are now in a position to start looking to be a home owner once again. Part of the reason is that they are now past the 7 year period where a foreclosure or short sale (or any derogatory item) should show up on their credit report but still may be in need of credit repair. Credit bureaus do not always remove these items in a timely manner. And, over the next few years more people will be past that 7 year period and will once again, have the opportunity to buy a home.

The article also shared that these consumers still may have other derogatory items on their reports and may need to utilize credit repair in order to raise their credit score to the level required by mortgage lenders. Individuals can attempt to do it themselves by contacting the credit bureaus directly. However, it is time consuming and requires knowledge of the law. An alternative is to hire a professional, reputable credit restoration company.

Las Vegas, Northern & Southern California, Florida and Detroit, MI are markets that are likely to see the most activity.

Credit repair for Boomerang Home Buyers Infographic

What consumers must realize is that time is required to go through the credit repair process.

It can take anywhere from 60 days to several months to effectively clear a credit report of derogatory items. We have offices in Clearwater, FL and San Diego, CA to help people repair their credit.  And, we work with independent Agents around the country that can assist consumers in any U.S. market.

For San Diego credit repair call 619-492-3040. For Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater credit repair call 727-222-0120.

We offer a free, no obligation consultation. Together we will determine whether credit restoration can help you by discussing your individual situation. We will then give you details on the process and time frame.

Get ready for the opportunity to be a home owner once again by taking action now to restore your credit and your overall financial health.

Visit http://eracreditservices.com/credit-repair/