San Jose Bankruptcy: Tips on How to Rebuild Credit
Hiring Sagaria Law for your bankruptcy is the first step towards a better debt free future. But to ensure that you continue down the road to being debt-free you need to remember to think and act money-smart. Here are some tips:
Try to get store and gas credit cards for items you would normally pay cash by applying for each one.
Pay your reaffirmed, pre-bankruptcy debts on time.
Open a checking or savings account. Lenders may look at this to determine if you can responsibly handle money.
Live within your means. Do not unnecessarily increase your debt to income ratio by taking on credit to purchase luxury items that you DO NOT NEED. Your payments on consumer debt should equal no more than 20% of your expendable income after costs for housing and a vehicle.
Apply for a secured card where you deposit cash and charge against it. Pay advances back over two months so that they will be reflected as positive marks on your credit report.
Pay your utility bills and rent on time for at least a year.
Choose a family member or frinds and ask them to cosign for you on a loan and pay it on time.
Check for car dealers and mortgage brokers that attest to be "bankruptcy friendly". Buy a used car so you do not get hit with the depreciation that occurs during the first two years of a new car purchase.
Avoid payday loans that are at high interest rates and are a "bad credit" trap.
Write a letter to each credit reporting agency explaining the circumstances that lead to you filing.