Cleaning up your past starts with education. By understanding the importance of credit, what makes up a credit score, how credit works, and how to satisfy the criteria required for a strong credit score, you will begin to experience positive change almost overnight.
In order to expedite the positive impact of your knowledge and credit smart decisions, we complement the process by leveraging your consumer rights to engage the credit bureaus and creditors through a process referred to as credit repair. A process implemented to remove inaccurate and unverifiable items from your credit report, taking years of dead weight off of your credit profile through a factual technical investigation process that leaves you with a cleaner and healthier credit profile to build on.
The Credilife® Credit Life Improvement Program, has been designed to achieve the best possible results in credit repair, through education in credit healthy practices, the introduction to budgeting concepts and budgeting tools, proven investigation strategies, and Credilife® Coaching to ensure each client understands the path to achieve their credit related goals, and remains informed and motivated throughout the process.
In many instances, it isn’t enough to simply repair your credit, you have to learn, understand, and commit to credit healthy choices, including the proactive credit healthy management of active tradelines, to reach your credit related goals. Credilife® encompasses the tools you need to expedite the credit repair process, and to take with you the knowledge necessary for a truly healthy credit life!
Delinquencies (30- 180 days): A delinquency may remain on file for seven years; from the date of the initial missed payment.
Collection Accounts: May remain seven years from the date of the initial missed payment that led to the collection (the original delinquency date). When a collection account is paid in full, it will be marked as a "paid collection" on the credit report.
Charge-off Accounts: When a delinquent account is sent to a collections company. This will remain for seven years from the date of the initial missed payment that led to the charge-off (the original delinquency date), even if payments are later made on the charge-off account.
Closed Accounts: Closed accounts are no longer available for further use and may or may not have a zero balance. Closed accounts with delinquencies remain for seven years from the date they are reported closed, whether closed by the creditor or by the consumer. However, the delinquency notation will be removed seven years after the delinquency occurred when pertaining to late payments. Positive closed accounts continue to be reported for ten years from the closing date.
Lost Credit Card: If there are no delinquencies, credit cards reported as lost will continue to be listed for two years from the date the creditor is contacted. Delinquent payments that occurred before the card was lost are reported for seven years.
Bankruptcy: Chapters 7, 11, and 12 will remain on one's credit report for ten years from the filing date. A Chapter 13 bankruptcy is reported for seven years from the filing date. Accounts included in a bankruptcy will remain for seven years from the date reported as included in the bankruptcy
Judgments: Remain seven years from the date filed.
City, County, State, and Federal Tax Liens: Unpaid tax liens remain for fifteen years from the filing date. A paid tax lien will remain on one's score for 10 years from the date of payment.
Inquiries: Most inquiries listed on one's credit report will remain for two years. All inquiries must remain for a minimum of one year from the date the inquiry was made. Some inquiries, such as employment or pre-approved offers of credit, will show only on a personal credit report pulled by you.
Pay all of your bills on time, every time. This includes your utility bills, mortgage and auto payments, and all of your revolving lines of credit like credit cards. Check your credit report at least once a year. You can find out how to challenge bad information on your credit report here.
Never charge more than 30% of the available balance on any of your credit cards. Banks like to see a nice record of on-time payments, and several credit cards that are not maxed-out. If you are carrying high balances on your credit cards, then make paying them down below 30% a priority. Do use your credit cards – Many people who make mistakes with their credit believe that the best way to fix things is to never use credit again. If you are afraid that you cannot handle your credit cards correctly then the best policy is probably this one: Run only your utility bills on your credit cards each month, and then pay the balance in full by the due date. This ensures that your utility bills get paid on time automatically, and as long as you keep the habit of paying off your credit card balance each month your score will continue to go up. Leave the credit cards locked in a safe or drawer at home.
Keep your accounts open as long as possible – Even if you are no longer charging on the card. The best policy is to keep those unused accounts open, blow the dust off your card every few months to make a small purchase, then pay it off. How long each of your accounts have been active is a major factor in your credit score.
Remember that this all takes time – Following the above steps consistently over a long period of time will increase your credit score and allow you to qualify for better loans and lower interest rates. Repairing your credit score does not happen overnight, so if you do these things for a few months and do not see a large increase in your score, do not give up. They are all habits that you will want to maintain throughout your life, as they will help you to keep your finances and lines of credit under control.
A credit score is a number generated by a mathematical formula that is meant to predict credit worthiness. The most predominantly used credit score, FICO™, ranges from 300-850. The higher your score is, the more likely you are to get a loan. The lower your score is, the less likely you are to get a loan. If you have a low credit score and you do manage to get approved for credit then your interest rate will be much higher than someone who had a good credit score and borrowed money. Therefore, having a high credit score can save many thousands of dollars over the life of your mortgage, auto loan, or credit card.
Credilife™ is an established, ever evolving, compliant, accurate, and successful Credit Life Improvement Program that thrives on customer service, research, and strategy. The result? A blueprint for success with great purpose.
A credit services organization need not subscribe to Credilife™ to be credible, but for those that do, rest assured, they are working to raise the bar for the industry as a whole when it comes to helping consumers improve their credit, get out of debt, and carve a new path toward financial independence.
Through a combination of coaching initiatives, budgeting and credit building strategies, complemented by a factual technical credit disputing process, Credilife™ is much more than a traditional credit repair program. See the Credit Builder Blueprint™ as an example of the additional effort that is placed into ensuring each consumer’s successful transition from credit challenged to a viable, healthy credit life!
We believe in promoting strong affiliate awareness because a healthy referral network made up of select industry professionals is the best way to find consumers that are motivated and deserving of such an opportunity… goal driven consumers, who are motivated and prepared to embark on a path that will lead to a future full of opportunity… diamonds in the ruff!
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The Credit Builder Blueprint™ lays out details, specific to each consumer’s personal credit profile, including instructions, guidance, and a background that supports a step by step approach to a new credit life!
In other words, the Credit Builder Blueprint™ is a personalized credit assessment prepared and customized according to each client’s specific goals, and based on their current credit situation. This physical booklet is prepared and bound for each client that enrolls in the Credit Life Improvement Program, and lays out a strategy guaranteed to expedite the credit recovery process.
The Blueprint represents a path that, when followed, will ensure each client reaches their credit related goals in the least time possible.
The blueprint also serves as a reminder to each client of the commitment they set for themselves that when taken seriously will result in new opportunity and a more financially secure future.
Brian Del Terzo and Jerrad Havins have each seen first-hand how important it is that consumers get the support they need from reputable service providers. A “Credilife™” is a life changing attitude towards credit and money. An understanding that “we” control our outcomes and are the prisoners of our own beliefs.
Brian and Jerrad have dedicated themselves to providing viable solutions related most specifically to the credit services industry with an emphasis on education and money management.
The Credit Life Improvement Program is defined as a holistic approach to personal development, specific to credit, money and how we perceive each respectively. The program is delivered through multiple mediums, from verbal coaching, to emailed education, regular follow-up, text messaging, and in the form of a personalized Credit Life Improvement plan, coined, the Credit Builder Blueprint™.
The Credilife™ methodology and techniques have been developed from proven credit building and personal development strategies. By delivering this model directly to consumers and to businesses with like-minded views on the industry and what they hope to achieve by working directly with consumers, Brian and Jerrad have set out to raise the bar for the credit services industry.
Focused on helping consumers overcome credit related challenges through a holistic approach that we refer to as the Credit Life Improvement Program, the number one priority of the program is the success of each client.
The approach is unique!
Each client referred for this program is offered an evaluation and assessment of their credit history, as well as an introduction to credit and what credit means to their buying power. Some topics that may be covered include:
Introductions to credit and debt related management strategies
Budgeting and the principles of Money Mastery, and
Student Loan help through consolidation or rehabilitation options.
The really cool thing is that the direction of the program is reinforced through scheduled Credilife™ Coaching calls rather than surface level discussions about which accounts have or have not been deleted, and reminders of the importance of patience.
The goal?, to provide each client with the best opportunity for both short and long term success by providing expertise related to everything and anything that has the potential of impacting a consumer's personal credit profile, or financial well-being.
Also, by working closely with Affiliates, we are able to ensure that we are working with motivated, goal oriented individuals that are deserving of the opportunities made available to them through this program.
We encourage and promote strong affiliate relations by implementing tools that keep our clients connected with their goals, and the person that referred them.
Over your lifetime the cost of higher interest rates can really add up.
That’s money paid out to lenders that you could use to live a better life – take more vacations, cover college education costs for your children, live in a bigger house, drive a nicer car, or invest the savings for retirement.
And it’s even worse if you have bad credit, considered by lenders to be anything below 620. It’s extremely difficult to get a mortgage, car loan, or a credit card at all with a credit score below this mark.
Luckily there are steps you can take to improve your credit – and in many cases improvement can be seen relatively quickly3 when you have the right education to guide you.
Many people are confused about how to understand each section of a credit report and if you have a lengthy credit history, you shouldn’t be surprised to have a report that is more than 20 pages long.
Understanding how to interpret all of this information about you is the first step toward improving it.
A Credilife™ Coach introduce you to ways that you can obtain copies of your credit reports and scores online, and how to understand each section of your report.
You will walk through an exercise to classify any negative items that are identified during the initial credit assessment. And it is through this initial assessment that the framework for your Credit Life Improvement Program will begin to form.
The yearly cost of using credit, including interest, mortgage insurance, and the origination fee, expressed as a percentage of the money owed.
A personal financial asset is something you own, and includes cash, savings accounts, and personal property. In a balance sheet, assets such as the value of your home are offset by liabilities, such as your current mortgage.
The amount of credit available before the credit limit is reached. Normally used with reference to revolving credit, it is the difference between the credit limit and the current balance.
The condition of being financially insolvent as defined by United States Code, Title 11. There are two common types of personal bankruptcy: Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. Chapter 7 is a “liquidation of assets” and gets rid of all debts (except some taxes and alimony payments) at the price of a total liquidation of assets. Chapter 13 is a “wage earner repayment plan” and allows a borrower with a reliable income to pay off bills over a 36 to 60 month period. When a person files for bankruptcy, a record of the filing appears on the borrower’s credit report for up to 10 years. A bankruptcy record on a credit file severely damages the person’s credit rating—the more recent the filing, the worse the impact.
A debt that is declared by the creditor as being uncollectible, at least by the creditor’s internal collection procedures. However, a charged-off account is typically still “owned” by a creditor. The creditor may either continue the collection process using third party debt collectors, sell the account to a third party debt buyer, or (if the debt is greater than $600) file a Form 1099 with the IRS, reporting the debt as a “forgiven” debt (which is taxable as miscellaneous income to the debtor) and may even use a combination of these actions.
A bankruptcy filing often results in multiple accounts becoming charged-off. Charge-off s will lower credit ratings, depending upon how old it is. Also known as bad debt, charged-off account, charged-off balance, charged to loss, charged to profit and loss.
Status that indicates that an account has been sent to a special department or an agency in order to try to collect some of the past-due money owed to a lender. Accounts are typically sent to collection when they become delinquent by 180 days (sometimes less) or more. Accounts in collection have a special mention on the borrower’s credit report (as a collection status, special comment, narrative, remarks, or collection segment ID). A collection record on a credit file typically lowers the person’s credit rating.
A company that records a consumer’s credit history and sells it to prospective lenders to help them evaluate the consumer’s creditworthiness. Credit bureaus provide critical information used by lenders to review credit applications. Credit information is also sometimes used to make hiring and renting decisions. There are many credit reporting agencies, however the three major agencies in the United States are Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.
The maximum amount of credit issued to a consumer for a specific credit instrument. For example, a credit card may be issued with a limit of $5,000 which means that $5,000 is the maximum balance that can be obtained for that specific card.
A number used by lenders as an indication of how likely a consumer is to repay his/her loans. Credit scores are generated by a credit scoring model utilizing the data from a credit report.
A measure of a consumer’s past and future ability and willingness to repay his/her debt. It is usually determined by a credit scoring system based on credit history.
The payment status of accounts with a past due amount. An account becomes delinquent when a consumer either misses a payment or pays late. A payment status is assigned to the account indicating how many payments (measured 30, 60, 90 days late, etc.) The lender may increase the APR for delinquent accounts, particularly for serious delinquencies such as 90 days or more. Delinquent is the opposite of current.
A negative reference appearing on credit reports, such as public records and severe delinquencies. An account gets a derogatory status when the consumer repeatedly fails to make the required payments and the account is turned over for special handling, such as collections, charge-off, repossession, etc.
1. To question the accuracy of information on a credit profile. Disputes are allowed by federal law (The Fair Credit Reporting Act - FCRA) and are usually initiated by consumers in writing (although they may also be initiated via the credit reporting agency’s website). When the Credit Reporting agency receives a consumer dispute, the FCRA requires the dispute to be investigated with the lender.
2. To question the accuracy of a specific charge on a billing statement. Disputes are allowed by federal law (The Fair Credit Billing Act - FCBA) and have to be investigated jointly with the lender and the merchant associated with the charge. The account holder does not have to pay the disputed items until the dispute is resolved; however, he/she still has to pay the minimum payment on the rest of the bill.
One of the three national credit bureaus. Equifax Credit Information Services Inc., commonly known as Equifax, is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
One of the three national credit bureaus. Experian Information Solutions Inc., commonly known as Experian, is headquartered in Orange, California.
A legal procedure, initiated by a creditor for the purpose of selling the property, to collect on a loan in serious delinquency. Foreclosure usually refers to actions taken by a mortgage holder when three or more payments have been missed. Foreclosure is one of the types of derogatory information that appears on credit files (and will lower credit ratings).
A request for a credit report that generates an inquiry in the person’s credit data. A hard inquiry must be authorized by the consumer and typically is the result of an application for credit. Hard inquiries typically are made by lenders for the purpose of making a credit decision, but insurance companies and rental agencies also may make a hard inquiry. Since hard inquiries result in a new inquiry being added to the credit report, they may lower credit ratings.
A person with a low credit rating, typically someone with either limited credit history or a troubled one. Many lenders will hesitate to lend to such people, and lenders who do typically charge a hefty price for it (through APR and fees).
Installment loans have a fixed payment schedule that borrowers agree to when obtaining the loan. Most often, monthly payments (called “installments”) are constant for the whole duration (or “term”) of the loan. Examples of installment loans are car loans, mortgages, student loans, and personal loans. The opposite of an installment loan is a revolving loan.
A payment received by the lender after the due date. This violates the credit contract and may result in late fees and a higher APR.
The term lien is any sort of charge or encumbrance against an item of property that secures the debt, it is then considered a secured loan. Auto loans and mortgage loans are the most common.
A series of numbers displaying month-by-month information for the past 24 months for each account present in the credit report. This information includes payment status, and therefore any delinquencies (both past and present) within that timeframe.
Information obtained by the credit bureaus from federal, state, and local court records, such as bankruptcies, foreclosures, judgments, and tax liens. Public records are included in a special section of a credit report, and they typically lower credit ratings. Public records stay on credit reports for seven years or longer (Chapter 7 bankruptcy remains for 10 years, while tax liens vary by state).
Opening new accounts while making timely payments along with not maximizing credit limits to new and existing creditors.
A legal procedure by which the lender reclaims the collateral property on a loan in serious delinquency. It can be initiated by the creditor or the borrower. Other legal actions may follow repossession, and a balance (referred to as a “deficiency balance”) may be charged-off as uncollectible. This information is recorded on credit reports and typically lowers credit ratings.
A credit account that allows the borrower to pay only a portion of the balance each month, while continuing to use the account for further purchases. The balance on the account will fluctuate depending on usage, and minimum monthly payments on the account will be calculated as a small percentage (usually two percent) of the balance. Revolving accounts typically have credit limits that may not be exceeded, and interest on the balance is charged if it is not paid in full every month. Examples of revolving accounts include credit cards and department store cards. Note: The balance on the account will be zero until a purchase or cash advance is made.
A request for a credit report that does not generate an inquiry in the person’s credit data. This is typical of consumers requesting their own report for information purposes. Such requests cannot be used by lenders for making credit decisions.
A lien imposed on property by law to secure payment of taxes. Tax liens may be imposed for delinquent taxes owed on real property or personal property, or as a result of failure to pay income taxes or other taxes.
A record in a credit report that provides information on a credit account, a public record, or an inquiry. Each credit account has its own corresponding trade line in the report, and the information provided includes payment and credit usage.
One of the three national credit bureaus, Trans Union Credit Information Company (commonly known as TransUnion), is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
When all three credit reports from Transunion, Equifax and Experian compile the information in to one report and taking the duplicate information and merging it as one account. This is usually provided by a service.
A broad term for derogatory payment statuses other than bankruptcies, charge-offs, collections, foreclosures, payment plans, and repossessions. An unpaid derogatory may be an account settled for less than the full balance, a workout plan offered by a lender rather than arranged through a court, or an account holder who defaulted without giving the lender a new address.
A loan solely based on a consumer’s promise to repay, without a cash deposit or other collateral as a guarantee. Most credit cards are unsecured debt, which explains why the APR on credit cards tends to be higher than the APR on secured loans such as auto loans and mortgages.
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