if your score is down dramatically after a credit disaster? The good news is that your most recent history is what impacts your score the greatest, so as these bad debt reports age you will find your score gradually getting better as long as you pay on time starting from today.
I have seen people with bankruptcies get back up to the high 600s within three years. What does that mean in today's credit market? They would probably be able to get credit, but they will likely not get the best credit offers.
In order to get the best interest rates you need a score of 760. The next best rates go to people with scores of 700 to 759. People between 650 and 699 can still get credit but they will pay significantly more for it in higher interest rates. Under 650 you probably will find it very difficult, if not impossible, to get credit.
How long will it take to get a clean credit record? Most of the negatives on your credit report will drop off after seven years, but you don't have to wait that long to see an improvement in your score. If you have a clean record of payments on time for three years and you don't apply for more than one or two new cards at that time your score should go above 650.
If you want to get that score above 700, you'll need to get your debt levels closer to 10 to 20 percent. Even if you're good, you probably won't reach 700 for at least four years
The monthly cost for credit repair services is generally in the same area.
One of the best and cheapest services is Sky Blue Credit Repair, which charges $59/month. Lexington Law, another leader in the credit repair space, charges $59.95/month. ( Here’s a side-by-side comparison of Sky Blue and Lexington Law )
Another trusted credit repair site, CreditRepair.com , charges $89.95/month, but they also provide more features than the standard plans from Sky Blue and Lexington Law.
- Learn more about Sky Blue Credit Repair here or call (888) 534-1510 to talk to a live person. (Reader tip: Call between 9-5 M-F EST, press 2 at menu.)
- Learn more about Lexington Law here or call (844) 259-3376 to talk to a live person.
- Learn more about CreditRepair.com here or call (844) 764-9863 to talk to a live person.