Credit Repair Kit For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 14, 2005 - Business & Economics - 384 pages
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Don't let your credit suffer needlessly from errors or outdated information

With tools and tips for fixing a bad credit report

A bad credit report can hurt your chances at qualifying for loans and credit cards, and it can even get in the way when you want to rent an apartment or land a job. Credit Repair Kit For Dummies is your essential guide to managing your credit -- from fixing mistakes on your credit report, to improving your credit going forward, to establishing manageable payment plans with creditors.

Discover how to
* Protect yourself from identity theft
* Improve your credit score
* Assert your rights under the FACT Act
* Maintain great credit
* Investigate your legal options
 

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Contents

The ABCs of Credit
11
The Ins and Outs of Credit Reports
27
Knowing Whether You Need Help and Where to Get It
45
Finding Out Where You Stand
65
Getting Your Hands on Your Credit Report
67
Making Sense of Your Credit Report
77
Doing Damage Control
95
Cleaning Up Your Credit Report
97
Applying Credit Strategies to Anything Life Throws Your Way
225
Steering Clear of Identity Theft
253
The Part of Tens
273
Ten Ways to Make Your Credit Look Good
275
Ten Signs That You Need Professional Help with Your Credit Problems
283
Ten Tips for Avoiding Identity Theft
289
Ten Signs Your Credit May Be in Jeopardy
297
Ten Ways to Reduce the Damage of Identity Theft
303

Keeping Bad Credit from Getting Worse
117
Taking Charge of the Collection Process
133
When All Else Fails Declaring Bankruptcy
157
Building and Maintaining Good Credit
179
Getting Back in Good Credit Standing
181
Budgeting for Your Future
197
Ten Ways to Handle Financial Emergencies
311
Glossary
317
About the CD
325
Index
335
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About the author (2005)

Steve Bucci is the President of Money Management International and former president of Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern New England. He is also the author of the nationally syndicated Debt Advisor column.

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