If you have a number of derogatory items on your credit report that are bringing your credit score down, it’s usually not a short (2-4 week) fix, but rather it can take 6-18 months to fix your credit score. Still it’s worth it for your long term financial goals, including buying a home.

Investigate

Step one is to go to https://www.annualcreditreport.com and get your free credit report. This won’t include scores, but it will include descriptions of all the items that are impacting your score. This site is the only Federally-sanctioned site to get your free credit report without any obligations to pay for any other service now or in the future.

Get Advise

After you view your personal credit report, you’ll need to find a credit counseling/repair company to formulate and implement your credit repair plan. It’s hard to find good local companies that do this, but one way to ensure you’re dealing with a credible company is to ask for a recommendation from a local lender, which you can find here:

Research

And finally, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has good Q&As on this topic to help you: http://www.consumerfinance.gov

Your Credit Score Affects Your Interest Rate

Always keep an eye on your credit score. Your interest rate is directly affected by your credit history. So if you’re putting off buying a new home because you fear the credit report, it’s time to take a deep breath and dive on in.

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