Our MissionOur service works with consumers to dispute any inaccuracies on their credit reports with the three major credit reporting agencies to help them obtain an error proof credit report.Our staff has over 25 years of experience successfully helping hundreds of thousands of consumers regain financial control of their lives and improve their credit profiles.Our goal is to restore the customer’s purchasing potential so they can afford to buy a home, start a family, travel, invest or start a business.Let us help you make good credit and financial independence a reality, not just a dream!
The Fair Credit Reporting Act of 1971The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) was passed by congress with the intention to regulate the credit reporting agencies and promote the accuracy of the information in consumer credit reports.The Act spelled out all the rules and regulations that the credit-reporting agencies had to follow before they added anything to a consumer’s credit report. Information about “you” has to be accurate and verified before it is entered on your credit reports.The Federal Trade Commission is the government agency responsible for enforcing the FCRA
The 3 Major Credit Reporting Agencies (CRA’s)Experian (Fair Isaac Corporation)Equifax (Beacon)TransUnion (Empirica) What do the CRA’s do?Collect and maintain information about consumer’s credit history. This information is obtained from banks, credit card companies and various financial institutions.The CRA’s sell this information to lenders and other creditors.The CRA’s are not part of the government.
What’s the definition of “inaccurate, erroneous, or obsolete?” Inaccurate information is any information that cannot be verified by the CRA and/or the creditor grantor. Erroneous information is any information that has been entered onto a consumer’s credit report due to human error (data entry error), Social Security Number mismatch error, mixed file error, similar name error. “reasonable procedures” were not followed when the information was entered on the credit report, or any such related error. This happens more often than you think! Obsolete information is any information that is beyond the industry standard of seven years; or ten years for bankruptcy.
Are Credit Reports Accurate? Nearly 80% of all consumer credit reports have significant errors 25% of which are serious enough to potentially result in a credit denial These errors could affect credit scores by 50 points or more How do these errors occur? Loans, payment data or credit card information is applied to the wrong account When filling out credit applications with different names, i.e., Bill Smith versus William Smith Your Social Security number was entered incorrectly on the application A clerical error was made when the lender transferred the data from the application
What Are Credit Scores? A method that uses statistical models to evaluate your credit worthiness Reflective of a borrowers past payment history, outstanding credit balances, and available credit capacity at a given point in time Creditors use these scores, known as FICO scores, when deciding whether or not to offer credit to consumers FICO scores range from 300 to 850 points
What Makes Up Your Credit Score? 5 key components to your credit score Your buying and bill paying habits (35%) Amount of credit you owe versus your available credit (30%) The length of your credit history (15%) Types of credit used/your credit mix (10%) New credit that you are applying for (10%) How Credit Affects YouThe interest rate you pay on credit cards and loansYour ability to get a checking accountRates on your auto insuranceEmployment
5 Ways to Establish Credit1. Apply for a gasoline or department store charge. These are usually easier to obtain than other credit cards.2. Apply for a secured credit card. You will be required to deposit a specified amount, usually $300 to $500 dollars into an account in their bank, and you will be issued a major credit card in the amount of the deposit.3. Take out a small loan from your credit union or bank. Deposit the money into your savings account and pay the loan back monthly.4. If you currently have credit, ask your creditors to increase your credit limit. This will improve your credit utilization ratio thereby improving your credit score.5. If you do not have a checking and savings account, apply for both. Having these accounts establishes you as part of the financial community and allows you to manage your money.
Secured Credit CardsOne of the best ways to establish creditYou will be required to deposit a specified amount, usually $300 to $500 dollars into an account in their bank, and you will be issued a major credit card in the amount of the deposit.Report every 30 days to the credit bureausDownfalls of these cards: If payment is one day late, additional fees of up to $40 Over-the-limit fee of $40 Potential for the account to spiral out of control
Collection AgenciesGoverned by the FTCOperate within the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, which protects consumers from illegal debt practicesDebt collectors, whether a company or an attorney’s office has to validate the debtCollection agencies could add unauthorized fees to the original amount that was charged off
Cost of an Auto Total Cost Over the Monthly Cost Annual Cost Lifetime of the Lease (5 yrs)Car Payment $800 $9,600 $48,000Car Insurance (w/ $300 $3,600 $18,000poor credit)Maintenance/Repairs $300 $3,600 $18,000Gasoline $500 $6,000 $30,000Total $1,900 $22,800 $114,000 This SUV ends up costing $1,900 per month
OR… Invest in your futureThis house sold for nearly $1 million in 2005Foreclosure price of $375,000 in 2008FHA loan: 580 credit score with 6.25% rate = Monthly price of $2,100 * Not actual photo.
Budgeting Averages based on a monthRent/Mortgage payment $1,200Car payment ($400 x 2 cars) $800Insurance (car, life, health) $300Groceries (for family of 4) $800Gasoline (2 cars) $700Car maintenance (2 cars) $300Dry cleaning $100Cell phone bill $100Cable bill $100Other utilities (electric, gas) $200Credit card bills $200
Budgeting Total monthly critical expenses = $4,800 Take-home net income = $6,000 Remainder money $6,000 - $4,800 = $1,200 UltraScore™ UltraScore™ is an educational tool designed to help you understand and maximize your credit score by providing a detailed analysis of your credit report. Retail price of $149 for one year of unlimited access to the UltraScore™ Web site, which includes: Credit Education Center Forms and budget sheets Budgeting calculators Debt recovery information Total cost of $12.42 per month!
Our ServiceWe help eliminate any inaccurate, erroneous and obsolete information reporting in your credit file with five dispute cyclesOur process combines the latest technology with personalized attention that gets resultsReceive regular updates on the progress of your file, reflecting any deletions, additions or alterationsOur active customer support is available to service your needs and answer your questions Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, EST at 248-848-9065Access your progress report online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year
UCES Step-by-Step1. Contact your FES sales agent or visit their Web site to complete our simple online enrollment form.2. After obtaining your credit reports, customized dispute letters will be prepared and sent to you for your approval. We are happy to modify dispute letters when needed. This is especially helpful in the case of mixed credit files among family members, identity theft, or account information that has not been updated in regard to balances or payoffs. Clients are strongly encouraged to attach any support documentation to their dispute letters that may assist and expedite the dispute process.3. The credit bureaus will mail back a response within 30 days of receiving your dispute letters. Responses will be sent directly to you so you can see the results as they occur.
UCES Step-by-Step, continued4. It is imperative that you forward your updated credit reports to our offices to ensure that we are working with accurate information and add any new items, should they appear, to your next set of dispute letters. Your file will be updated and your next set of dispute letters will be prepared and mailed to you.5. New dispute letters will be sent to you approximately every 60 days until your service expires.6. Though we can’t guarantee that every derogatory account from your credit file will be removed, we will do our utmost to improve your credit, and educate you with proven techniques on re-establishing your credit.7. Our Customer Support Department is happy to provide additional information to improve your credit score, and help to build and maintain your credit file. We are committed to providing you every assistance possible to help you reach your credit goals.