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Credit/Debt Counseling

You may owe money. You may be in over your head. The truth is most people with serious money problems do not intend to be in debt, they just end up there. Sometimes it’s the result of medical expenses or unemployment. Sometimes it’s poor money management. In every case, the way to fix your money problems is not just to eliminate what you owe, but to also address the issues that put you in debt in the first place. NFCC Certified Consumer Credit Counselors will assist you in determining the best options to meet your individual needs. NFCC Certified Consumer Credit Counselors will:

  • Advise you on managing your money;
  • Offer solutions to your current financial problems; and
  • Develop a personalized plan to help you prevent future difficulties.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I establish credit?

You need a steady work record and continued residence at the same address. If you do not have a checking account, open one and be careful not to bounce checks. You may apply for credit at a local department store or credit union. You might also consider a secured credit card, which requires you to deposit money as security for the charges you make on the card.

Can you fix my credit report or clean it up?

No. If negative comments on your credit report are correct, they can remain in your file for up to seven years except for bankruptcy, which can remain for up to 10 years. If you believe there are errors in your credit report you must notify the credit bureau in writing. The bureau will follow up your request with your creditor. If the creditor agrees with you your report will be changed.

Does credit counseling impact your credit score?

Many people wonder if consulting with a credit counseling agency will affect their credit score. First of all, remember that your credit score is based on the information contained in your credit report, so let’s start there.

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