The ABCs of Establishing Good Credit

Wayne the Credit Guy discusses the keys to establishing good credit in this new article on FreeCreditScore.com.

“The credit game has become a business, and in order to make money that business must keep consumers in debt,” says Wayne Sanford, aka “The Credit Guy.” “Not knowing the rules of the game and having no knowledge of the fine print keeps the consumer tied to the system.”

Read the full article here.

Do You Really Need to Worry About Your Credit Mix?

Analyzing The Credit Mix that Goes into Your FICO Score

Wayne the Credit Guy discusses the impact your “Credit Mix” has on  your FICO score in this article on CreditCardForum.com.

Excerpt:

If you want to keep things simple, credit can be broken into two categories that contribute to your account diversity: (1) Revolving lines of credit (ie, credit cards) and (2) installment accounts (student loans, mortgages, car loans, etc.), says Wayne Sanford, founder of Dallas-Fort Worth–based New Start Financial.

Why does FICO reward those who have both? Keeping up with installment loans demonstrates the reliability lenders like – but these loans also come with a big incentive to make payments on time (they’re often secured with your house or vehicle). Revolving accounts give you a lot more freedom to fail, since you don’t run the risk of losing the things you bought with them.

Clean Up Credit Before Finding New Apartment

Clean Up Credit Before Finding New Apartment

Wayne the Credit Guy discusses the impact an eviction can have on your credit report in this article on FoxBusiness.com.

Excerpt:

Credit reports do not show records of evictions. According to Wayne Sanford, president of the credit consulting company New Start Financial, “If you are evicted, then it will show up as a collection as any apartment debt a consumer owes, such as cleaning fees or lease breaking.”

My Credit Repair company did nothing… Or DID they?

Credit Repair is a Two-Way Process Between You and Your Credit Repair Specialist

Many people I speak with said they have hired a credit (repair, restoration, management) company before and they did nothing as they claim. “I paid them and nothing happened”.

But then I start asking a few questions and then what comes up is they really didn’t pay attention to instructions and even didn’t pay a few bills on time which depending on the bill dramatically drops their credit score or even had a few new collections pop up on their credit.

Then a few more questions later I find out the company was a “no contract company” with “unlimited disputes” and a monthly fee. There was no follow up, no procedures in place to help the client along.

Most people expect to pay a credit company and everything gets fixed. HOWEVER, what most fail to understand is that your credit report is a mathematical equation. It does not care how old you are, what your race or religion is or how much or little money you make.

Just because you pay a company to fix something doesn’t mean it’s going to get fixed. A credit report must be reviewed an analyzed to determine if the score is able to be increased in the time frame a client is trying to achieve to reach a certain goal.

The main problem is 99% of credit repair sales people (aka- National Sales manager, National Sales Director, Area Manager, Senior Credit Consultant) are commission based. Which brings the problem that they are being told what they want to hear in order to sign them up so they can get paid. While this is totally understandable the issue is their goals are not aligned with the customers goals and time lines.

It is human nature to blame everyone but yourself. People need to understand that correcting credit issues is a two way street. Both parties have responsibilities in the transaction. The customer needs to understand they are paying for a service and needs to know that the company they are hiring have a system in place to help them if they forget part of their responsibilities due to life situations.

While you can’t blame the credit company for you not paying your current bills or new negative information popping up on your credit report. But you can blame them if they do not have a system in place to help you along this credit repair/restoration process, after all is this also not what you’re paying them for?

Understand credit is a fluid concept.. information is typically always being added to it and depending on the type of information being added a score may dramatically jump up (ex: paying down a maxed out credit card) or dramatically drop (current late payment or new collection).

Before hiring a company, take some time to do a little research to make sure they have your best interest at heart. If after every question you are getting pushed to sign up that may indicate they just want your money or they need you money. Either one does not sound like your interests are being placed first.

About Wayne Sanford:

The majority of consumers have no working knowledge of the credit system and the game it plays with their lives. A consumers’ basic credit education has come from late night infomercials, the internet and other sensational media outlets. They have no real idea of how the credit game is played and how they can stack the deck in their favor. Wayne The Credit Guy is the “go-to” advisor willing to put his name and reputation on the line – giving no-nonsense and answers as consumers ante up to the credit game. Roll the dice and learn how the Real World of Credit works and how you can play too. 

Debt Collector B.S.

Great, funny story that I just got from a client a few minutes ago that not only needs to be shared but also to educate consumers to debt collector scare tactics. She called to tell me she got a call from a process serving company asking for her ex-husband’s name (not hers) and said she wanted to know if she would be home to receive the paper serving. She stated do I sound like a man? The answer was no of course so she asked so why would you ask if I would be home to get served papers for someone else that I have no affiliation with for the last 5 years. The lady replied that’s not my job I just make these calls and ask.

She gets a call later in the day from a man who says he is recording the call and has a bit of an attitude with her on a debt that she said the last time she paid on it was in mid-2009. He states the date of last payment was sometime early 2010. Of course the original fee (turns out the card was hers) was approx. $500 but they were trying to collect approx. $1,300.

During her conversation with him he put her on hold 6 times… this is a delay tactic that crappy debt collectors do to make it seem that they are more important than you and make you wait thus making it seem “more official”.

I trained/educated her like I do all my clients to ask what was the charge off date. He kept repeating that he is recording the call for legal purposes to bring to court all of her false responses and then when she mentioned she had an advisor (me) he quickly got very snippy and said well I hope he is an attorney and you can just tell it to the judge this week and then hung up on her.

I told her that is the telltale sign of a BS debt collector. I advised her to contact the original creditor and talk to their collection department (for true peace of mind) and ask them what was the date of charge off and if they sold the account when did they sell it?

Turns out the account was sold in February 2010 to a collection company and while technically she does owe the debt the threats of a lawsuit were illegal and unable to occur as in Texas as in many other states (but different times for different states) is four years. So the debt collector who was the new owner of the account failed to take advantage of the legal remedy they had thus resorted to this type of tactic.

While the statement is obvious that you should always pay your bills, very rarely does anyone ever get credit of some sort with the intention of not paying them. However life happens and if creditors take advantage of every law out there for them, should consumers not do the same?