Despite common myths to the contrary, obtaining a good credit score after bankruptcy is incredibly easy. Your debt is reduced or eliminated, your credit score begins to climb. Credit scores climb after bankruptcies because you have no debt.
After going through bankruptcy, consumers learn a powerful lesson and understand how to build credit and avoid debt. It’s the key to keeping their new-found financial freedom. They’ve gained the financial IQ that it takes to discern credit from debt, what is good for their financial future and what is not. They take advantage of their fresh start to improve credit after bankruptcy.
Bankruptcy Helps Thousands of Connecticut Residents Each Year
The overall economy and current job market in Connecticut makes bankruptcy relief the best option for many hardworking Connecticut residents who can’t make ends meet and need help under the Bankruptcy Code.
Important questions must be addressed before deciding if bankruptcy is the appropriate answer. These questions include what might happen to the family home, which debt is eligible to be discharged, as well as how bankruptcy might affect my credit down the road.
Proper Lending and Affordable Borrowing After Bankruptcy
High Credit Scores and affordable borrowing depends on three factors:
- Your Debt-to-Income Ratio – What do you make and what have you already committed to spending on interest payments?
- Credit Score – Your FICO score which is 35% based on utilization, a marker of your debt-to-income ratio above
- Your Savings Account Balance – What have you saved? What’s your reserve? What’s your cushion? This determines how badly you need to borrow. Savings should be your cushion, not available credit.
Follow these recommendations after bankruptcy or even before:
- Understand that credit cards are a barrier for your financial future. With high interest rates, they are the number one roadblock to your family’s financial future.
- Use cash, and if not, use plastic like cash. Use it and pay it off in full each month. Never carry a balance.
- Understand that the financial lending industry does not have the hardworking middle class’ best interest at heart. Understand that they lend you money because it benefits them and not you.
- Secured credit cards are the best credit cards because they report to all three credit bureaus and you can’t spend beyond your savings.
- Don’t use store cards, they hurt your score.
- Keep available credit balance high.
- Never take a rescue loan.
- Never use private internet lenders.
- If it’s too good to be true, it is.
- Never be embarrassed – The bravest, strongest, best people we’ve ever met have been our bankruptcy clients. They have a desire to work, to pay and do the right thing.
- Try credit unions – They’re local, they’re human, they’re not for members only and they have good rates. If they approve you, you can probably afford it.
This list is not exhaustive, but following these recommendations can jump start even a recent bankruptcy filer on the road to a sound financial future. Bankruptcy is designed to give debtors a fresh start, as people emerge from bankruptcy with a positive outlook for the future.
Anyone who is considering bankruptcy or wondering how they can rebuild their credit should speak with a qualified attorney immediately. The experience bankruptcy attorneys provide is invaluable before, during and after the bankruptcy process.
Never has Debt Relief been more helpful and never has great credit after bankruptcy been so easy to attain.
To learn more about bankruptcy debt relief or your credit score after bankruptcy, call Attorney Neil Crane at 203-230-2233 and speak to him directly about your individual questions. Get educated for free.