Bad Credit = MORE Interest

Credit scores fall into 5 categories to determine interest rates. Consider Geraci Law to help with your credit score!

Bad Credit = MORE Interest

According to an article on CNBC (read here) – more than 1/3 Americans have a credit score that is considered “subprime.”  If you are one of these people, you may end up paying THOUSANDS more in interest than borrowers with better credit scores. Filing a bankruptcy can HELP improve your credit score!

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) puts Americans into five different categories.

Deep Subprime – any credit score below 580

Subprime – any credit score between 580-619

Near-prime – any credit score between 620-659

Prime – any credit score between 660-719

Super-prime – any credit score above 720

Where do you fall? Your credit score is not only determined by timely payments. Your debt to income ratio plays a role. Do you have more debt than income in a year? Are you behind on payments? Are you considering borrowing money from a 401K or family member to pay off debt? Before you make a huge decision, talk with a Geraci Law attorney (guess what – it’s FREE).

Even if you are paying your minimum payments, you may not realize how much you are paying in interest! According to the CFPB, a Deep Subprime borrower paid 21.50% interest versus a Super-Prime borrower paying 12.50%. That is a HUGE difference.

Filing a bankruptcy could change your life for the better. You may IMPROVE your financial future to qualify for the better rates on mortgages, car loans or even credit cards. Don’t know your credit score? Not sure of what debt is reporting? Geraci Law can help!

Want more information about credit scores and bankruptcy? Below are a couple of links to related topics!

FICO Creates New UltraFICO Scoring System

When Should I File For Bankruptcy?

Credit Concern? Call Geraci Law!

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 30,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com.

Chapter 7 – What Happens to My Credit Score if I File Bankruptcy?

An excerpt from Attorney Peter Francis Geraci’s “The Complete Book on Bankruptcy.”

Below is an excerpt from Attorney Peter Francis Geraci’s “The Complete Book On Bankruptcy.”  You can read the rest of the book online at https://www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com/.

CHAPTER #7 What happens to my credit score if I file bankruptcy?

Strangely, it usually goes up. Most of our clients have a credit score of below 600. Four months after filing Chapter 7, you should receive a discharge. You then have a creditor report that shows way less debt, and that you received a Chapter 7 discharge. If you are working, now you are not under pressure to pay bills you cannot pay, and can start saving. You also cannot file Chapter 7 for another 8 years, or in a Chapter 13 for another 4 years. So the lenders think you are a pretty good risk for lending, since you have little debt, and no ability to file bankruptcy, and a job. Your credit score can go up as much as 100 points.

If you had a credit score of 700 or more, and filed bankruptcy, it was a phony score, since you were overloaded with debt. Even so, after a Chapter 7 discharge, it may not change much, or it may go back up.

Regardless of credit score, after you receive a Chapter 7 or 13 discharge, you will find yourself able to buy a vehicle or house if you have the right job and down payment. The key is to save up a down payment, and not get overloaded again.

Take our Debtor Education Course taught by attorney Peter Francis Geraci as soon as you file for either Chapter 7 or 13. Or even before filing for $25. It will help you understand how to raise your credit score.

If you need help or have questions – our experienced staff is ready to help. Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 25,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Credit Concern? Call Geraci Law!

Banks are cutting access to credit. Are you overwhelmed with bills? Are you worried about debt? Call Geraci Law.

Credit Concern? Call Geraci Law!

Have you noticed your available credit is cut? Did you see an account get closed? Credit card companies are cutting available lines of credit. Over 30 million people applied for unemployment as a result of the pandemic.

With the number of people unemployed, banks consider credit too big of a risk. So if you are late with payments, if you haven’t used the card – odds are the credit line will be cut.

If you are RELYING on credit to get you to the next paycheck, it’s not a great long term plan anyhow. Instead consider bankruptcy.

The cash you are spending on minimum payments that is NOT paying off the balances with interest could be the money you have as a safe hold. Create a budget and stick to it but you can’t create a budget until you deal with the past due balances.

Filing for bankruptcy is a FASTER way to handle your debt. Credit counseling, making minimum payments will cost you THOUSANDS in interest and it could take YEARS to pay off the balances. Your credit score still takes a hit and typically will take LONGER to get on the path to rebuilding.

You do NOT need credit cards. Realigning your budget and using a debit card could save you thousands. If you want a credit card, then pay it off every month. Only use the credit card for what you can pay off so you can AVOID interest. That timely payment every month can help you reestablish a payment history.

So if your credit line is cut, if your cards are maxed out, if you are simply overwhelmed by the debt – call us. It’s a free conversation that can change your life for the better.

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 25,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com.

Need a Car? File for Bankruptcy.

Need a car? Consider filing a bankruptcy FIRST with Geraci Law.

Need a Car? File for Bankruptcy.

Do you have bad credit and want a car loan? Good luck. Consider filing bankruptcy with Geraci Law BEFORE applying for a new car loan to deal with your other debt first – maybe including car repossession balances.

Some banks and dealerships prey on people with bad credit. You are pressured to buy something you cannot afford with a promise to “refinance later” or a trade in. If you return the car to the financer, you may find yourself with a lawsuit for the deficiency. If you STILL have the car, you might be paying for something that needs thousands in repair or that you are overpaying for.

So what to do? Bankruptcy with Geraci Law might be your best option. Think about your car loan. Think about your answers to the following questions.

–              Do I have a warranty on the car?

–              Is my interest rate over 20%?

–              Does the car pass emissions?

–              How much maintenance or work needs to be put into the car?

–              Is the car older than my kids?

–              Is my car loan more than 5 years?

You are probably OVERSPENDING on your car or your vehicle is NOT worth keeping when there are alternatives.

Car dealerships will promise you the world. They want to you to buy a car TODAY with the promise of refinancing after timely payments for a few months. Good luck.

That “refinance” the dealership is talking about—is likely NEVER to happen. Cars depreciate the moment you drive them off the lot. Most people do not build equity with timely payments– if your payment is high it’s most likely because your interest rate is high. Most timely payments are simply going to the interest on the loan NOT the principal.

If you turn the car in because you cannot afford it – you may owe a deficiency balance. The financer will sell the car and attempt to collect on the difference. You could be sued, garnished, have assets frozen – STOP these actions with a bankruptcy! Filing a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 with Geraci Law can stop or prevent collections from your creditors.

After eliminating or consolidating your debt, you can apply for a car loan. You will be in a BETTER position to do so because you have NO other debt.

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 25,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com.

What Happens to My Credit?

Geraci Law answers 5 common questions about credit after filing for bankruptcy. What is “good” credit?

What Happens to My Credit?

Geraci Law answers 5 common questions about credit after filing for bankruptcy. What is “good” credit?

When can I apply for credit?

You can apply for credit after your case is discharged and closed.  But should you apply for credit? You do not want to find yourself in the same position you just discharged in bankruptcy. You are a credit risk immediately after filing for bankruptcy. Creditors KNOW you filed for bankruptcy and after bankruptcy you have limited bankruptcy relief options. These creditors prey on you because you are a credit risk so you WILL get loan offers.

Any credit preapproval you receive will usually come with high interest rates. It may be better to NOT use credit. SAVE money, make house/car payments ON TIME, stay away from the high-interest credit debt and personal loans.

When can I buy a house?

You can apply for a home loan after your case is discharged and closed. Some people are approved while they are IN a bankruptcy. FHA loans might be an option. For a conventional loan, usually its two years after a bankruptcy discharge. Geraci Law is here to help with the process. If you need your bankruptcy paperwork – YEARS down the road, you can log into your Geraci Law Client Corner account to print. You can also search Geraci Law in your app store on your phone to download our Geraci Law app.

What happens to my credit score after filing Chapter 7? Chapter 13?

In your post-bankruptcy life, you should focus on rebuilding financially. Start with a savings account and build an emergency fund. If you have a car payment or mortgage payment, continue to make those payments ON TIME to work to reestablish a payment history.

You will get credit offers in the mail – do your research! Look at the interest rates – if you are going to use the credit, then make sure you pay off what you borrow every month. Do not accept the first offer that comes your way. Review the small print, stay away from the predatory lenders.

When can I buy a car?

After the bankruptcy is discharged and closed you can buy a car. If you are in a Chapter 13 right now, you need court approval if you are looking to FINANCE a vehicle. Craig’s List is a great option to buy a car for cash. You’ll get advertisements from car lots in the mail after bankruptcy – make sure to review the terms. Avoid the high interest, older vehicles without a warranty.

How do I rebuild credit?

  • Pay all of your bills on time! Timely payments prevent late charges and helps you reestablish a payment history.
  • Make sure all of your creditors are reporting to the three major credit agencies (Experian, Transunion, Equifax).
  • Dispute incorrect items on your credit report. Don’t ignore your credit report! All agencies have options to dispute right on their web site, make sure to follow up.
  • Make a large down payment – making a large down payment on any kind of credit make lenders more likely to grant a loan. Your goal should be to put down 20% of the total cost.
  • A small secured credit card is a really great way to build credit with very little risk.

 

  • Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 25,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com