How to Rebuild Your Credit Quickly

If you are not happy with your credit score, do not just sit there feeling powerless about your financial situation. There are several key steps that you can take to begin restoring your credit.

Many people think they they are stuck with a bad credit score for life, but a few strategic moves on your part could soon have you raising your credit score systematically in order to get that loan you want, the home of your dreams, and more.

1-Pay down debt.

Plan to pay down any debt you have now.

2-Pay on time.
Be sure you always pay on time to avoid penalties, fees and further damage to your credit report.

3-Pay as soon as the bill comes.
Don’t leave it sitting around til the last minute. The sooner you pay, the less interest accruing on the balance.

4-Make an extra payment.
Even $10 extra can help you start to pay down your debt strategically and boost your credit score.

5-Obtain new credit

This is simple but very powerful. In many instances, people who don’t have good credit also do not have a credit card because they lost their privileges of owning one. Some never reapply for one because want to use cash to avoid going back into debt. But the reality is that if you ever want to apply for a loan or necessary credit, it’s important to start rebuilding your credit strategically. Just be sure not to apply too often, as the inquiry on your credit report could actually cause it to go lower.

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The Scenario

Tim is a young professional in his early 20’s. Tim has been working at his first real job for a little over a year. He has been saving as much money in his 401(k) as allowed. The bulk of his 401(k) is in company stock.

Tim lives in an apartment and would like to purchase a house in the near future. He currently doesn’t have any money saved for a down payment.

He has one credit card at 17% interest with a significant balance, but only pays the minimum each month. He hasn’t purchased anything on the credit card for quite some time.


It’s great that Tim is really socking away the money in his 401(k). Investing now for his retirement will give those funds many years of tax-deferred growth. However, there are some details in his financial picture that could prevent him from attaining both his short-term and long-term goals.

Suggestions that could put Tim in a better financial position:

1. Diversify his 401(k) investments. With the bulk of his portfolio in company stock, it’s too easy to lose it all should something catastrophic happen to his company. There are plenty of companies out there that sold at one time for $100+ per share that now sell for less than $0.05 per share.

‣ To minimize risk, money in a 401(k) should be spread around between several of the different available options. A little company stock is fine, but it should be less than 5% of the portfolio.
2. Save for a house. Tim could consider putting a little less into his 401(k) and putting the extra money into either a money market account or bonds until he has enough for the down payment. It’s not advisable to take a loan out of your 401(k) if it can be avoided.
3. Address his credit card balance ASAP. Even though Tim hasn’t been charging any more on his credit card, it will still take a good 30 years to pay it off if he continues making only the minimum payments.

‣ Depending on how large his debt payments are compared to his income, it might come into play negatively when he tries to qualify for a mortgage.

‣ Once Tim pays off the credit card, he could also put the money he was using for this debt payment toward his down payment on his house.
‣ Plus, paying off that credit card balance is akin to making 17% on his money.

Congratulations to Tim for saving money aggressively and consistently! Simply re-allocating some of his resources with these suggestions can set him up nicely for attaining his goals.

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