Hi everyone, I am so glad I found creditboards last year. Everybody is so helpful and this is a fantastic community.
I would like to share a brief version of my story. I'm also seeking suggestions and guidance for how to proceed on my journey.
So let's begin.
When the housing market collapsed in 2008, I lost just about everything. I knew my credit was really bad because I had taken such a beating, so for years I never bothered to check it. I just became one of these people who pay cash for everything. Ten years went by until I came across creditboards. To be honest, I was frightened to even look at my credit.
March of 2018, I followed the guides in the newbie section and discovered my scores were in the 550s.
Two delinquent student loans with the US Dept. of Education were my only accounts.
Using the SEARCH function on here, I read everything I could about these type of student loans. Turns out that there's a loan rehabilitation program. I was able to work out a payment plan with a written guarantee to remove the delinquent reporting from all credit bureaus after 9 payments.
Following the newbie guides, I obtained the following secured cards:
- Cap One Plat
- US Bank Harley Davidson
I use a spreadsheet to track due dates and make sure I pay off the cards in full each month.
This week, Experian suggested applying for Cap One Quicksilver. I was super psyched to get approved for $300. Despite the tiny limit on the card, it felt good. First unsecured card in a long time.
Also joined NFCU. Haven't applied for anything there yet.
An old Brighthouse Charter cable tv bill for $550 showed up on my experian out of the blue. It was from Waypoint Resource Group. Paid Brighthouse and it should come off next month.
Student loans are still showing delinquent. Should come off this month.
Looking forward to my goal of being a homeowner once I can qualify in the future. Tremendously grateful for all the help on this site. Welcome all suggestions