5 Steps to Rebuilding Your Credit After a Michigan Foreclosure

Posted in Michigan Foreclosures by Michigan Real Estate Expert on January 27th, 2011

When you go through one of the Michigan foreclosures, your credit score drops considerably. The good news is that you can rebuild your credit.  Here are a few tips to help:

rebuild your credit after a Michigan foreclosure

1. Create a budget. A budget lets you see exactly how much money you have to spend each month. It also helps you track where you spend your money. Put together a budget that fits your lifestyle and then stick to it.

2. Build an emergency fund. You never know when an emergency will happen. When you’re prepared for a financial emergency, you’re better protected from financial problems.

3. Repair your credit.  Review your credit reports from all three credit bureaus.  Dispute any errors you find.  Removing errors from your credit reports help improve your credit.

4. Establish new credit. This can be tricky after a Michigan foreclosure. New credit will give you a chance to prove you can manage debt. However, you certainly don’t want to find yourself owing more than you can possibly pay. If you can get a traditional credit card, your interest rate will be very high, so choose and use your credit cards wisely. An alternative is to apply for a secured credit card, which requires that you put money down as a deposit before credit is extended to you. Use your card regularly but lightly, and you will see your credit start to improve as you make consistent payments.

5. Have patience. It takes time to rebuild your credit. Don’t expect your credit score to be in the good or excellent range within weeks or even months after your Michigan foreclosure. It’s going to stay on your credit report for seven years, so there’s no need to rush.

A foreclosure is not the end of the world. Let me help you plan for and find your next home so it fits your budget. Give me a call at 248-514-2640 or email me at info@NorthWoodwardHomes.com.

Lee Morof sells North Woodward Homes in Oakland County Michigan RE/MAX Showcase Homes

Lee Morof
Associate Broker/Attorney
RE/MAX Showcase Homes
Birmingham, Michigan
Call:  248-514-2640

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