Category: Financial Education

San Diego Credit Repair – How to Choose the Best Credit Repair Company in San Diego

So, you used Google or YahooSearch to find a San Diego credit repair company and you’ve found many. How do you choose which ones to even call? Every one of them tells you they’re the best and most effective. Here are some tips that will help you sift through all the marketing hype.

Big National Credit Repair Company vs.
a Local San Diego Credit Repair Company san diego credit repair company

This can be a tough choice. It’s seems a good thing to work with a local company. But you have to beware of local companies. Many local San Diego credit repair companies are one person operations that have limited resources in their abilities and have no backup should something happen to that one person such as illness, vacation, closing their business and worse. What happens to your account and money? The national companies typically have poor or no personal customer service. And, what’s your recourse should you not get the results you’re looking for?

Solution– Our company is local and national. We have the personal customer service you should expect from a San Diego credit repair company. However, if something should happen to us locally you have a national company with 14+ years experience and phenomenal customer support backing us up. You get the best of both worlds. And, you get our Customer Satisfaction Guarantee that will be honored no matter what happens to us locally.

Pricing– This really comes down to overall cost. What you need to be aware of is that most companies will not address all your negative items immediately. They do this with one goal in mind. That’s to keep you paying monthly fees longer. We do business differently. We address all items immediately. Our goal is to get you the highest credit score as quickly as we can. Why? because you’ll get great results and save money. Then you’ll tell people about us. Also, we do business with many of the top real estate and mortgage companies in San Diego. They want us to get that client qualified as soon as possible. We charge a $99 account set up fee and just $89/month.

The Fastest, Most Effective San Diego Credit Repair Company

A standard practice in the credit repair industry is for companies to purposely slow the process down. They do that to get their client to pay more monthly fees. Our goal is to get you the highest credit score as quickly as possible. Why is there a difference? It’s simple. Most companies get their business through advertising directly to the consumer. We get most of our business through referrals from real estate, mortgage, banking, auto, solar and tax professionals. We have to perform quickly or these professionals will stop sending their client s to us.

Solution- We challenge every derogatory item on all 3 of your credit bureaus reports immediately. We do that regardless of how many items. Therefore we provide the fastest, most effective service of an San Diego credit repair company. In fact, we have the best, most complete service in the country.

How Can You Stay Informed About the Progress of Your Credit Restoration?

Most companies, once you sign up with them, do not communicate with you after that unless you call them. You do not see what they are doing nor see the results on a regular basis. How will you know what’s going on with your account? What are you getting for your money? In fact, they hope you forget you even signed up for the service so they don’t have to keep you informed or worry about your satisfaction.

Solution– When you begin service with our company we analyze your credit reports and upload all your derogatory items to an online, password protected account. You can then log in 24/7 and see your items and then follow the progress of what items have been deleted, upgraded to paid as agreed, and what items remain for us to work on for you. You are not in the dark. You see us working for you every step of the way.

For more information and an assessment of your specific situation

ERA Credit Services

Call 619-492-3040
Email us at info@eracreditservices.com

This post was originally published in June, 2014 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

ERA Credit Services is an Independent Agency representing a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and does not directly provide credit repair services or accept funds from clients for credit repair services.
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Protect Your Identity

Whether you earn $30,000 a year or $300,000 there are basic protections we all should have to secure ourselves and our families. Your credit score, that 3 digit number, is so vitally important that we need to take steps to manage it and protect it. A key in protecting your credit score is to protect your identity.

Facebook announced on September 28, 2018 that an attack on its computer network had exposed the personal information of nearly 50 million users.  It is unclear if this breach affected the world-wide Facebook community of 2.23 billion or just the 214 million U.S. users. Assuming it was a world-wide attack you would have a 1 in 45 chance of having your identity compromised.

If you are not currently using PrivacyArmor or another identity theft protection program you should immediately. Protection of your identity and credit is a monthly expense. But it’s nominal compared to not being protected. Protection of this kind should be looked upon as being similar to home owners, car, life and health insurance. Comparatively it costs much less but can save you just as much.

A recommendation is to get an evaluation of your current credit status. There are simple many ways and ongoing habits to adopt that can boost your score. You just have to know what those are.  For a free evaluation visit www.ERACreditServices.com/contact. There you can schedule a phone appointment on a day and time convenient for you. We can also enroll you for PrivacyArmor to protect your identity immediately.

ERA Credit Services is an Independent Agency representing a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and does not directly provide credit repair services or accept funds from clients for credit repair services.
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Healthy Credit Score – The Vital Sign of Your Financial Fitness

Healthy Credit Score – The Vital Sign of Your Financial Fitness

When we go to the doctor, the first thing they do is check our vital signs. Blood pressure, pulse, and blood oxygen levels. Every time. In effect, what they are doing is checking our heart. Without a healthy heart, it’s impossible to have physical fitness. The equivalent in financial fitness is having a healthy credit score.

Most of us will agree that the key to a healthy heart and physical fitness is diet and exercise. If we maintain a healthy eating style and exercise regularly, we have a reasonably good outlook for physical well being.

Similarly there are keys to financial well being also. Good habits that we all can learn and do to have a sound financial well being. And, if we do these things we will have a good outlook for financial fitness which will be represented by a healthy credit score.

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First of all, we need to check our financial fitness vital signs ourselves. For most, there’s no financial doctor that we go to regularly that do that for us. So, we need accurate, real time credit monitoring. Not the free services because they aren’t accurate and aren’t real time. Not the one we get from the credit card companies for the same reason.

Then we need to protect our credit which comes from protecting our identity. It’s like taking supplements to bolster our immune system. Identity theft protection is a key to a healthy credit score and sound financial outlook.

We also must learn how to get and maintain a healthy credit score. It seems that everyone is only focused on negative items versus positive items on their credit report. But there are many things we can do on a regular basis to achieve a healthy credit score even if we have negative items on our credit reports. We were taught at least some things in school about health. There were even courses we had to take. But there were no courses financial fitness and certainly nothing about a healthy credit score.

What about those negative items on a credit report? Can we do anything about that? Most of the time, yes! Just like with disease, if left unchecked it could seriously affect your health.

If we have negative items on your credit report it’s like a disease of our financial fitness. And, in a lot of cases it can be rectified. Yes, we have to take a remedy for it but not forever!

Then there’s debt. Paying interest on debt zaps our financial energy. Money is going out with no return. But what if we could pay that debt down and stop paying as much interest? We would have more money to save for emergencies, retirement and college.

Once we start developing a sound financial outlook we need to protect it all. Therefore we all need a last will, living trust and medical and financial powers of attorney. Without these vital documents everything we build for ourselves could go up in smoke before our heirs see it.

Everything we need to rectify these problems and have sound financial fitness is available. The problem is, that up until recently, no one knew where to get all this. It was like going to a gym for cardio, then another for weight training, then another for yoga. It was unrealistic and expensive.

Now, everything we need for financial fitness is all in one place with one membership for just $89/month. And, it’s simple. You log into an online account and all these services are waiting for you. Plus there are videos to explain each.

Now financial fitness is as readily available as physical fitness.
But just like physical fitness it requires focus and discipline.
Are you ready to get focused?

ERA Credit Services is an Independent Agency representing a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and does not directly provide credit repair services or accept funds from clients for credit repair services.
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Financial Fitness Program

More than ever before people need help with their personal and financial affairs. There are many reasons for this. The primary reason is that as a country, we are earning less in relation to inflation than we were 20 years ago. In addition, what we need in order to get our financial affairs in order is not organized and readily available for the average person. That is why we have developed a Financial Fitness Program.

Did you realize?

  • The average U.S. household credit card debt is $16,000 – NerdWallet.com
  • 69% of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings and 49% of those people have no savings at all – CNBC.com
  • 49% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck – CNBC.com
  • The U.S. median family income rose just 2.8% since 2017 while the cost of living has increased 77% – US Bureau of Labor Statistics

We are certainly up against a series of circumstances that makes financial fitness next to impossible. Another factor is that we were never taught how to handle our finances in school, even college. We simply aren’t equipped on our own to develop a financial fitness program.

Financial Fitness Program

At ERA Financial and Credit Services we have joined forces with a company to provide an affordable financial fitness program for everyone. We call it The Protection Plan Membership. To get all these services and programs someone would have to get them from multiple sources and pay over $10,000. That’s just not realistic. So, we have put all these services together into a financial fitness program for only $89/month!

Here’s What Comes in Our Financial Fitness Program

  • A Debt Payoff System
    • 35% of Americans make only the minimum monthly payment on their debts. We show you how to pay these debts off faster saving tens of thousands in interest payments and how to live a debt free life.
  • Identity Theft Protection with LifeLock
    • Every 2 seconds an identity is stolen. 143 million people had their identity stolen through Equifax, one of the big 3 credit bureaus.
  • A Last Will, Living Trust, and Medical & Financial Powers of Attorney
    • Everyone should have these important documents in place but 65% do not.
  • Online Tool to Inform Loved Ones of the Location of Important Assets
    • $58 Billion goes in life insurance policies, 401k programs, bank accounts and other assets because loved ones don’t know they exist or where they are located.
  • Credit Enhancing Services
    • Today your credit is like a vital sign of your Financial Fitness. With a less than great credit score people pay more in interest and deposits, and can be turned down for purchases or to rent or lease.
      • Online Credit Monitoring with all 3 credit bureaus showing credit scores and credit reports
      • Education and recommendations on how to have an optimum credit score
      • Credit Repair to remove derogatory items from a credit report and increasing one’s score
      • A Credit Attorney that will step in if necessary
  • Money Savings Services
    • A Discount Travel Company with an online portal that saves thousands on hotels, resorts and vacation packages
    • A Discount Prescription Drug program that provides an average savings of 41%
    • An Insurance provider to insure that people are getting the right coverage at the best premium rates

To find all these services and programs on your own and become Financially Fit would be very difficult And again, very costly.  With our Financial Fitness Program called The Protection Plan these services come together. You get an online portal for easy access and coaching from our expert Support Team.

All for a one time set up fee of only $188
Then just $89/month

Think about it. If you can pay down your debt and therefore pay less interest on your debt ongoing, that would save far more then $89/mo.

If you could increase your credit score and pay less interest on your mortgage, car payment and credit cards that would save far more then $89/month

If you could prevent identity thieves from using your identity to open accounts in your name that would save more than $89/mo.

And, if you could save on personal or business travel throughout the year that would save far more then $89/mo.

Start Your Financial Fitness Program Today!

For more information call

East Coast (727) 222-0120
West Coast (619) 492-3040

Or email us at Info@eracreditservices.com

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Debt Reduction for Overall Financial Fitness

Debt Reduction for Overall Financial Fitness

We are best known for helping consumers increase their credit score. However, in many cases the reason why people have a low credit score is because they have too much debt. And, they don’t know how to pay it off or at least pay it down. Debt reduction is an important component to your credit score and overall financial fitness.

There are two ways generally someone can learn how to reduce their debt. One is to pay someone to do it for them. This is costly and doesn’t really teach the consumer how to do it themselves reducing their capability to maintain low debt in the future. The other is to learn how to do it yourself by using a program that walks you through it step by step.

Fortunately we provide our clients with an online program to help them reduce their obligations. By paying down their balances in relation to their limits or original loan balances it increases their credit score. And, they ultimately save thousands of dollars in interest.

Debt Reduction Simplified

This program simplifies the complexity of figuring out what debt to pay first, then next, etc.. You start by inputting your debt obligations including interest rates and pay off amounts. Then the program runs a report showing which debts to concentrate on paying down. Even if you can only add a small amount of money each month to paying the most expensive debt, it reduces the principal amount of that dramatically over time.

The most expensive debt is not necessarily the one with the highest balance. It may be the one that has the highest interest rate. The program identifies this for you and suggests how much more to pay on that debt.

Once that debt is paid down and ultimately paid off, it then suggest you take the entire payment amount you were applying to the first debt, and pay the next most expensive debt. This method can literally save you thousands of dollars, maybe tens of thousands of dollars.

For more information on our Debt Reduction program and how we can help you become more financially fit contact us by visiting us at https://eracreditservices.com/ or calling our office.

West Coast (619) 492-3040
East Coast (727) 222-0120
email: info@eracreditservices.com

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Credit Repair Companies – How to Pick the Best One

When you look for credit repair companies on the internet it may be overwhelming. There are 10 credit repair companies listed on the 1st page of Google. Do you just call the 1st company listed? Do you call all of them?

What if you new some questions to ask when you visited these credit repair companies websites and/or called them? Wouldn’t that make it easier? Below is a list of questions to ask and the reason why you want to ask each question.

Questions to Ask Credit Repair Companies

  • How long have you been in business?

Experience and track record in the credit repair industry is critical to success for you as a client. Unlike in real estate or the mortgage industry there is no licensing required in credit repair. Therefore, just because a company is listed on the front page of Google doesn’t mean they’re good at what they do.

  • Are you accredited and what is your rating with the Better Business Bureau?

A BBB accreditation and high rating is a great indicator of a solid company. If credit repair companies often don’t do a good job consumers will submit complaints to the BBB. You can actually visit their BBB page and see complaints, if any. If a company isn’t accredited and rated by the BBB stay away.

  • Are they certified by the National Association of Credit Services Organizations (NACSO)?

For many of the same reasons as above a NACSO certification will give you peace of mind that do a good job for their clients. Typically, only established, experienced credit repair companies will have a NACSO certification.

  • Do they dispute ALL derogatory items on your credit report immediately?

Understand that most credit repair companies do not. They only challenge or dispute one or two items at a time. This prolongs the time it takes to get you a result and costs you far more money. If they don’t address all your items immediately find another credit repair company that does.

  • Do they make recommendations and coach you on what you could be doing to increase your credit score?

Credit repair is an effective means to increase your credit score. But you should be made aware of what you can do to impact your credit score now and for the future. If they can’t or don’t do this you aren’t working with the one of the best credit repair companies.

These are the main questions to ask when looking for credit repair companies to work with.

If you call our company we answer these questions on the phone right away.

  • We have a track record since 2004 and have assisted over 250,000 clients in increasing their credit score. And, we help clients in all 50 states.
  • We are backed by an A Better Business Bureau rating and are accredited by the BBB.
  • We are back by a NACSO certification.
  • We challenge every negative item you have right away and get results in as little as 45 days.
  • We make recommendations and coach you on how to have the highest credit score possible.

So, give us a call. We have proven time and time again that we are one of the best credit repair companies in America today.

We offer a free, no obligation consultation on your specific situation.

We’ll explain fully how it all works .

We’ll give you an honest assessment on the time frame it will take for you to remove negative items from your reports.

And, we’ll give you a fair price for the best credit repair service in the country.

Call right now (727) 222-0120 or (619) 492-3040

Or visit the Credit Repair page on our website to book a phone appointment. We’ll call you on the day and time you select.

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Tampa Credit Repair

Tampa Credit Repair – A Complete Plan to Increase Your Score


If you face challenges with your credit score such as not qualifying for a loan, you may search online for a solution and call a Tampa credit repair company. All credit repair companies will attempt to remove negative items from your credit report. Some will do a better job than others. But credit repair alone will not give you the maximum increase in your credit score.

Your credit score is not just based on negative items on your report. You need a total plan that will impact every aspect of your credit score. First, we analyze your reports with all 3 credit bureaus (Equifax, Transunion, Experian). Then we provide you with a plan to increase your credit score that includes our A+ Better Business Bureau rated credit repair service to maximize your credit score.

This plan is called the Credit Protection Plan. We start with credit repair. We’ve been a top rated credit repair company since 2004. We have become the company of choice for real estate companies, mortgage companies and banks for Tampa credit repair.

Companies such as Keller Williams, Evolve Bank & Trust, Charles Rutenberg Realty, Cadence Bank, and American Express Open all send their clients to us to improve their credit score. We are also proud members of the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce.

The Tampa Credit Repair Protection Plan

Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce MemberThe plan starts with you own online account so you can see the progress of what we are doing. You’ll see the negative items we are working on for you. We dispute all your items immediately unlike other Tampa credit repair companies that want to prolong your service with them.

But we don’t stop there. You need to see your credit score and be able to access your credit reports online 24/7. How else will you know if credit repair is working? We provide that to you on day one.

But what about other steps you can take to increase your score? We give you steps to take that will optimize your credit score. This knowledge will help you for the rest of your life so you can always have the best credit score possible.

We then protect your identity through PrivacyArmor. Why? Because as you increase your credit score you become a higher risk to have your identity stolen. That would disrupt any plans of buying a home, getting a business loan, buying a car, etc.. We prevent that from happening.

What about your existing debt? We teach you how that affects your credit score and give you a plan to pay down then debt using the same amount of money you currently use to pay debts now. Not only does it increase your credit score but you save thousands, potentially tens of thousands of dollars in interest.

Then we make sure your family and assets are protected by giving you a Will, Living Trust and medical and financial Powers of Attorney. Everyone needs these vital documents but less than 20% of people have them.

How About a Credit Repair Plan That Helps You Save Money?

Would you like to save some money on purchases you currently make anyway? Of course! Because of the number of clients we have, we can give you buying power. We can save you money with online shopping, travel, insurance, and prescription drugs.

This is a full credit score and money savings plan of action. If you like to know more click below.

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San Diego Credit Repair

San Diego Credit Repair
A Complete Plan to Increase Your Score

If you face challenges with your credit score you may search online for a solution and call a credit repair company. All San Diego credit repair companies will tell you that they’ll attempt to remove negative items from your credit report. But will they address all derogatory items immediately? Will they give you online reporting to so you can monitor the progress of your account? And, will they provide other services to help increase your credit score? These are the questions you should ask. But we already know that the answer is “no”.

Your credit score is not just based on negative items on your report. You need an overall credit score plan that will impact every aspect of your credit score. We analyze your reports with all 3 credit bureaus (Equifax, Transunion, Experian). We then provide you with a credit score plan that includes our A+ Better Business Bureau rated credit repair service to maximize your credit score. And, you can track it all online, 24/7.

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The San Diego Credit Repair Plan

We give you a full and complete credit repair plan. We start with credit repair. We’ve been a top rated San Diego credit repair company since 2012. We have become the company of choice for real estate companies, mortgage companies and banks for credit repair in San Diego.

Online Reporting 24/7

We give you on online account so you can see the progress of what we are doing. You’ll see the negative items we are working on for you. We dispute all your items immediately unlike other companies that want to prolong your service with them. Because we get the majority of our business from referrals from business professionals we need to act as quickly as possible.

A Credit Repair Plan of Action – Credit Builder

What about other steps you can take to increase your score? We give you a plan of action called Credit Builder to increase your credit score now. This knowledge will help you for the rest of your life so you can always have the best credit score possible.

Real-time Online Credit Monitoring

You need to see your credit score and be able to access your credit reports 24/7. How else will you know if credit repair is working? Free services like Credit Karma do not give you all 3 credit bureau reports. Nor are they reported in real-time. We give you that.

Identity Theft Protection

We then protect your identity through PrivacyArmor. Why? Because as you increase your credit score you become a higher risk to have your identity stolen. That would disrupt any plans of buying a home, getting a business loan, buying a car, etc.. We prevent that from happening.

Debt Utilization

What about your existing debt? Debt utilization is a major factor in calculating your credit score. If appropriate, we give you a plan to pay down that debt using the same amount of money you currently use to pay debts now. Not only does it increase your credit score but you save thousands, potentially tens of thousands of dollars in interest.

Selective Credit Score Services

If you currently are a renter of a home or an apartment we can talk to you about adding your monthly rental payment to your Transunion credit report. This will add another positive account to your history this increasing your score. We also have a secured credit card program if you need help adding positive accounts or what’s called trade lines. The more positive accounts you can show the higher your credit score will be.

Let’s Make Sure We Can help You

Does this sound like the plan of action you need? Then click below and ‘Book a Phone Appointment’.
Pick a day and time that fits your schedule. We’ll call you at that time.
We’ll talk about the specifics of your situation. We’ll explain exactly what we do.
Then you decide if working with us if your best plan of action.

This post was originally published in January of 2017 and was been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness in October of 2018.

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Will and Living Trust Tampa Bay $499.00

If you are considering a will and living trust in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater area this is good news.

Will and Living Trust

There are typically two age groups that think about setting up a will and living trust along with a medical and financial power of attorney. Those that have children under the age of 18, and those people over 60. But the fact is that everyone should have a will and living trust if they care about their family.

The confusion caused by someone that passes not having their financial affairs in order can be devastating. Life insurance policies and funds from all sources can go unclaimed. Relationships between siblings can be ruined and more.

Typically the cost of a fairly simple will and living trust along with a medical and financial power of attorney is prohibitive for most people.

A living trust alone can range from $1,000 to $2,000 depending on the attorney. However, unless there are complications from business partnerships or assets in excess of $1 million, a will and living trust and POAs aren’t that expensive, can be done from the comfort of your home, and completed rather quickly.

We offer an opportunity for a individual to set up a will, living trust, and a medical and financial power of attorney from the comfort of their home. We provide assistance to walk someone through the process. If the individual is unable to do this themselves we can assist a family member in preparing the documents.

Taking care of setting up a will and living trust is vital for protecting children under the age of 18, and taking care of loved ones. Don’t delay. Having these documents in place brings peace of mind.

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Does Credit Repair Work?

Many Consumers Want to Know if Credit Repair Really Works

Does Credit Repair Work?

Does credit repair work? Yes, it does. Or, more correctly stated, credit repair can work depending on many factors regarding the specific account(s) on a consumer credit report. In fact, the process of credit repair is dictated by the Federal Trade Commission in a law called the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The premise of this law is that creditors must verify the accuracy of the information they’ve previously placed on a consumer credit report.

Because this is a federal law, credit repair works for consumers in all 50 states. Therefore a consumer seeking credit repair in Tampa has the same rights under federal law as a consumer seeking credit repair in San Diego.

To learn the answer to the question, “does credit repair work?”, it’s vital to understand how credit repair works.

When a creditor places information on a consumer credit report there’s a chance the information is incorrect or will become outdated and incorrect over time as the status of the account changes. If the creditor doesn’t fix or update the information there must be a mechanism for the consumer to challenge that information and have it corrected. One of the main purposes of the Fair Credit Reporting Act is to give the consumer a resource and process to follow to have the information corrected.

In this process the creditor is under obligation by federal law to validate the information they have previously placed on a consumer credit report. If the account listed is erroneous or inaccurate the creditor must correct it. If the account is obsolete (more than 7 years from the date of the last activity or 10 years in the case of a bankruptcy) the item must be removed by the credit reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax, Transunion).

Here’s the key to understanding that consumers can potentially have items reported within 7 years removed as well.

If the creditor cannot or does not verify the information previously reported on that account within a 30 day period, the federal law requires that the credit reporting agency remove that account from the consumer’s credit report regardless of the age or status of that account.

What are some scenarios where the creditor cannot or does not verify the information previously reported?
– The creditor no longer is in business
– The creditor has sold the account to a collection agency and that collection agency does not have the complete or accurate information on the account
– The account is old (even if not yet 7 years old) and the creditor cannot locate the information or chooses not to
– The outstanding balance has since been paid, and therefore the creditor has no incentive to respond to the inquiry from the credit reporting agency

Will all negative items be removed?

Does this mean that all derogatory or negative items will be deleted from a consumer credit report through the credit repair process? Certainly not. Here’s what will be:
1- Erroneous accounts
2- Obsolete accounts
3- Those accounts that the creditor does not verify as accurate when contacted by the credit reporting agency when that item is challenged

Credit repair is not a panacea or fix for all past credit problems of a consumer. But by going through this process it can clean up a consumers report and increase their score. It may give them enough of a credit score increase to qualify for a purchase and simply look more credit worthy to a future creditor.

Does Credit Repair Work? Consumers considering this process should consult a professional company that has a successful track record and an A+ Better Business Bureau consumer rating. They should also seek a company that will educate them and make specific recommendations on what they can do to increase their score and keep that score as high as possible in the future.

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