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Bad credit balance how to repair it

Bad credit can increase the difficulty that a homeowner encounters when seeking a home equity line of credit. Bad credit can be the reason for a poor credit score.

What is a credit score?

The credit score varies between the values of 300 and 850. The credit score is the creation of the Fair Isaac Corporation. Lenders who arrange for a home equity line of credit use the credit score in order to set the interest rate that will be charged the homeowner.

Homeowners with a low credit score will need to pay higher interest payments. A score above 700 is assurance of good interest rates. The credit score also serves as an indicator of whether or not a lender should accept a homeowner’s application for credit. Decisions on credit limits for the homeowner are likewise based on the homeowner’s credit score.

The credit score is a function of the homeowner’s past line of credit. In the U.S., three different agencies keep a record of each consumer’s line of credit. Those agencies are Experian, TransUnion and Equifax. If a homeowner with a low credit score wants to raise that score, then the homeowner must contact each of those three agencies.

Balance transfer credit card

A balance transfer credit card would prove to be a great advantage if you have several cards with outstanding balances. Balance transfer credit cards permit you to do credit card balance transfers all into one account, and pay zero interest for the introductory months. Here are some things you should know, however, before you take the leap.

1. You should end up with a smaller payment amount.

Balance transfers would allow you to bring your interest costs way down, allowing you to make monthly payments, eliminating your debt gradually over the zero interest period.

2. A balance transfer does not mean debt elimination…

NEVER regard balance transfer credit cards to be the answer to all your prayers; it is NOT a way to run away from debts! If you are not able to pay off your balance in full during the introductory period, you may be charged interest on the entire amount of the consolidation, which would prove to be much, much more.

Be sure you check the terms and conditions of the card you apply for. Also, some customers see the new credit cards (or the newly paid-off old cards) as free money, and they continue to spend on them, with the result that they will have just as much debt as they did when they started – plus the balance on their new balance transfer credit cards. Yikes!

3. Transfer at the right time

If you transfer a balance from a card right before the finance charge is accrued and calculated for that month, you will get almost a month’s free of interest expense. If the balance transfer is done before the interest and finance fees get placed on your statement, you should not have to pay those costs!

4. Cutting back = GOOD; Overspending = BAD

Some credit card companies will charge substantial over limit fees if you go over your assigned credit limit. A balance transfer credit card can give you some wiggle room if you have emergency expenses. Transferring high balances to new accounts can avoid these fees.

5. How do credit card balance transfers really work?

A credit card balance transfer is just like making any charge on your other credit card accounts. The difference is that the debt obligation moves from one credit card issuer to another, rather than from your credit card to a retailer. When one credit card is debited, the other is credited. Make sure you research your options, so that you know the balance transfer steps for the cards that you are using. It may be good to contact your existing creditors to find out if there are specific requirements on their cards regarding balance transfers. Sometimes companies make this a difficult process to navigate so make sure that you are absolutely clear about how the process works for each specific balance transfer offer.

As long as you use your balance transfers in the right way, it can be an excellent tool for financial management in difficult times.