Your credit rating determines whether or not you will be able to get a loan in the future. A bad credit report may mean that you will not be able to get a car loan, mortgage, or debt consolidation loan.
If you want to obtain a loan in the future, start now to build or improve your credit rating, by following these steps:
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1) Get a credit report.
First, you need to do a credit check on yourself. In most cases you can obtain your own credit report for free, or for a nominal charge. There are two main credit bureaus in Canada: Equifax and Trans Union. Look in your phone book for the location nearest you, or call their main offices at:
Equifax 1-800-846-5279 or 1-866-322-3162 Trans Union 1-800-663-9980.
2) Review your credit report.
When you get your credit report, do a self credit check by reviewing your credit report to determine if it contains any errors or negative comments.
An error may include a debt that you have already repaid (see section 3 below). A negative comment may result from a department store credit card that you stopped using ten years ago, if it had a balance owing, it may still show up on your credit report (see section 4 below).
3) Correct any errors on your credit report.
If you find an error, contact the credit bureau and offer proof that you do not owe the money. You may need a letter from the creditor indicating the payments were made, or you may provide cancelled cheques to indicate payments were received.
You may also send a letter to the credit bureau explaining your side of the story; your comments can be attached to your credit report.
4) Repair negative information on your credit report.
If you owe a creditor and they have filed a negative credit report with the credit bureau, repay the creditor and ask the creditor to remove the negative credit report from your credit record—and ask for proof. If a debt legally owes, the debt must be paid or discharged before it can be removed from your credit report.
5) Pay off debt!
Even if your credit report indicates that you have made all of your regular monthly payments, a potential lender may look unfavourably on high levels of debt. The solution is to pay off as much of your existing debt as possible before we recommend that you pay off your highest interest debts first, so pay the 18% interest credit card off first, and then repay the 16% interest credit card.
The lower your debt, the easier it will be to obtain a loan. Your monthly budget should include specific repayment amounts for each of your debts.
6) Take other action.
If you have more debt than you can possibly repay, your credit report will only improve by formally dealing with your debts. You may need to file a formal proposal to your creditors, or consider a debt management plan.
First things first, to stabilize its budget! Can not think of rebuilding your credit if they have not stopped the bleeding! Most people with bad credit have too much debt to rebuild their credit. Your first goal should be to lower your monthly payment of a sum. You can do this in many ways: the consolidation of your debts, contact your creditors and negotiate a lower monthly payment and, finally, although you should have a look at its financial advisor current financial situation before you do, go to bankruptcy.
Once you have stabilized your budget, you will have to do is get a new loan. This is important because it shows on your credit report that it has obtained a new loan by consolidating your debts / negotiated with creditors / insolvency. In essence, this is your second chance. If you can get a credit card and use it wisely from now on, you have taken the first step in rebuilding your credit. Your best bet would guaranteed credit cards or credit cards department store.
After that, if your budget allows, get a car loan or a small personal loan. I advise you to arrive between 2 and 3 financial commitments, and that rebuilding your credit faster. If your budget is too tight to get another loan, keep the personal loan from your bank account and pay the monthly payments. In this way you’re not really getting into more debt, you just pay the interest of banks to rebuild their credit score. Avoid taking a small loan and pay it to the end of a month, as this will have minimal impact on your credit score. Banks want to know if you can handle a loan, if you can not hold on to their money for 30 days!
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Vijay Gandhi, MBF,B.Sc. Mortgage Agent
Licence #: M10001947
CENTUM Metrocapp Wealth Solutions Inc.
Licence #: 12147
716 Gordon Baker Road Unit #204A
Toronto, ON M2H 3B4