How a Credit Counselor Can Help You Fix Your Credit Score
A credit counselor is not actualy going to fix your credit, they are going to help you fix your credit score on your own. That is what can be really great about going to a legitimate professional, is that they can help you understand how the credit score scale works, how your personal finances work, and how things are going on in your life.
You can make your plans for your actual life work with your plans for improving your financial history and your life. For instance, say you really need a new car. You can go over your budget and your finances with a counselor and talk about things like how to make sure that those payments help you rebuild your payment history and improve your credit report. You can make sure it works with your budget and you will be able to make the payments, and talk about what kind of lenders would be best in that situation.
If you have a history of debt and want to be finally free of collectors calls and financial frustration, this can be a great way to reorganize how you handle your finances and get on a track to make that happen. Being debt free is a great way to improve your credit. You can both rebuild and repair your history by going through this process. Even if it feels impossible, a professional can help you figure out how to make it all work. Unless you are in a situation where you should be claiming bankruptcy (which a credit counselor can help you determine) then there is always something that be done, and they are experts at what all of those somethings may be.
The question then is how to find a good and legitimate person or company to consult.
How to Find a Good Credit Counselor
There are tons of great agencies out there that can help you and are completely and totally legitimate! These companies will generally charge you about fifty dollars or less and that will give you a sixty to ninety minute session with them where they will go over your situation with you.
Be wary if they start trying to pressure you to sign up for a debt management service where you pay them and then they pay all your creditors for you. They charge for that, and they will often hide large hidden fees in their contracts for such services.
Bad companies that are out to scam you is something that the government has had their attention brought to. The United States Trustee’s office, which is a part of the Department of Justice, has made a list of companies that they have vetted to help get you started in your search. They have also been going after companies that have abused their non profit status’ and done other shady business, but even with the government coming after all of these companies you should still be aware and protect yourself.
More important than anything else is simply to read the terms and conditions before you sign anything. Make sure that you understand what you are reading. This is how a scam would get you. They would get you to sign a paper that includes a bunch of hidden fees, because they know that people rarely read them. Make sure you know what you are signing and understand the whole thing.
As long as you are careful however and find a legitimate company, then you should be able to easily find a good credit counselor that will help you for a low fee and be able to finally get your finances on track and improve your credit score.