Find out how to get bankruptcy removed from your credit report by following these simple steps.
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How Bankruptcy Affects Your Credit Score
Filing for bankruptcy is a serious decision that should not be taken lightly. If you are struggling to make ends meet and have exhausted all other options, bankruptcy may be the best solution for you. However, you should be aware of the long-term effects of bankruptcy, including how it will affect your credit score.
The Different Types of Bankruptcy
There are several types of bankruptcy, but the two most common for individuals are Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. Here’s a brief overview of each.
Chapter 7: Also called “straight bankruptcy” or “liquidation bankruptcy,” this is the kind most people think of when they hear the word “bankruptcy.” With Chapter 7, you surrender your non-exempt assets to a trustee who then converts them to cash to pay off your creditors. In most cases, you will have no assets to surrender because they are all exempt. Exemptions vary from state to state, but they typically include your home, your car, certain amounts of equity in your home or car, personal belongings, tools of your trade and any property that would create an undue hardship if taken from you. Most people who file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection do not lose any property.
Chapter 13: Also called a “wage earner’s plan,” this type of bankruptcy enables debtors with a regular income to develop a plan to repay all or part of their debts. Under Chapter 13, you must submit a repayment plan to the court for approval and make payments on that plan for three to five years. After you have completed the payments made under the repayment plan, any remaining dischargeable debt is erased.
How Long Bankruptcy Stays on Your Credit Report
Bankruptcy stays on your credit report for 7-10 years, depending on the type of bankruptcy. This can make it difficult to get approved for loans and credit cards, and can lead to higher interest rates if you are approved. You can improve your credit score by paying your bills on time, maintaining a good credit history, and using a credit monitoring service.
How to Get Bankruptcy Removed from Your Credit Report
If you have filed for bankruptcy, it will stay on your credit report for seven to ten years. However, there are some ways that you can get it removed from your report sooner.
Wait for the Bankruptcy to Fall Off Your Credit Report
The bankruptcy will stay on your credit report for seven to ten years, and there’s not much you can do to remove it sooner. However, there are things you can do to improve your credit after the bankruptcy is discharged, which may help offset the negative impact of the bankruptcy on your credit score.
Time heals all wounds, including those inflicted by bankruptcy. The best thing you can do is wait for the bankruptcy to fall off your credit report. After seven to ten years, it will no longer have an impact on your credit score. In the meantime, there are things you can do to improve your credit so that the bankruptcy has less of a negative impact on your credit score.
Use a Credit Repair Service
There are many credit repair services that can help you get bankruptcy removed from your credit report. However, you need to be careful when choosing a credit repair service. Some credit repair services are scams that will simply take your money and do nothing to help improve your credit score.
One way to find a reputable credit repair service is to check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). You can also read online reviews of credit repair services. Once you have found a reputable credit repair service, you will need to provide them with some information about your bankruptcy.
The credit repair service will then work with the credit reporting agencies to have the bankruptcy removed from your credit report. This process can take several months, but it is worth it if it means that you will be able to get a loan or new line of credit in the future.
Remove the Bankruptcy from Your Credit Report Yourself
The most effective way to remove a bankruptcy from your credit report is towait the seven to ten years until it falls off your report. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do in the meantime to help improve your credit score and get approved for loans and credit cards.
First, make sure that all the information on your credit report is accurate. If there are any errors, dispute them with the credit bureau.
Second, keep up with your payments on all your loans and credit cards. This will help show creditors that you’re responsible and can be trusted to make payments on time.
Third, try to pay down as much debt as possible. This will lower your debt-to-income ratio, which is one of the main factors lenders use when considering whether or not to approve you for a loan or credit card.
Lastly, try to get a secured credit card or loan from a financial institution that reports to all three major credit bureaus. Use this card responsibly by making sure you never spend more than 30% of your available credit limit and making all your payments on time. Doing this will help build up your credit history and improve your credit score over time.