Nothing. Bankruptcies are available mainly to help debtors but under law it is a creditors right to know whether or not a potential borrower has filed bankruptcy.
Denver Bankruptcy FAQ:
Rebuilding Credit After Bankruptcy
Improve your credit score after bankruptcy
Yes. There are a variety of credit rebuilding auto loans available, many of these loan types approve individuals soon after being discharged from bankruptcy. It is common for credit rebuilding loans to have high rates, are usually only available on certain vehicles and have very clear and strict repossession policies. If this type of loan is paid on time each month, the debtors credit score will increase and they will have more conventional loan options available to them in the future.
Yes, a secured credit card can allow individuals to get higher limits and lower rates in two ways. First of all, a secured credit card can have its credit limit increased and over time can have the requirement of the security deposit removed, making it an unsecured credit line. Secondly, a secured credit card will report to the credit bureaus and as an individual’s credit score increases they will be eligible for better credit card offers.
No. Debit cards deduct from the balance each time the card is used. When the amount of money deposited in the card is gone the card cannot be used to make payments. A secured credit card does not actually use the money that was paid up front. That money is used to secure the credit but will not be used unless the debtor is unable to make their monthly payments. The most important difference is that the secured credit card will report to the credit bureaus and a debit card will not.
Although most credit card companies, banks, and major lenders will not offer credit to someone who has been recently discharged from bankruptcy, secured credit cards allow almost anyone to have a credit card. A secured credit card requires putting a deposit down, usually $500 to start, and the available credit will match that deposit. In the event that the debtor is unable to pay their monthly payment, the money that was put down when they applied for the credit will be used to make the payment.
Once discharged you can begin taking out new lines of credit. Paying bills on time every month will create a positive credit item on your credit report. If you pay all debts on time each month for a period of at least a year, you credit score will begin to improve and you may begin to qualify for larger loans and increased credit lines.
Yes. Bankruptcies not only decrease credit scores, but they can also make lenders hesitant to lend even after a person’s credit score begins to improve. However, a person’s good credit can be rebuilt following a bankruptcy.
Bankruptcy affects credit for 7–10 years
Bankruptcies will appear on credit reports from 7 to 10 years following discharge dependent on which type of bankruptcy is filed.
Bankruptcies usually remain on a credit report for between 7 and 10 years after discharge, but it is possible to start rebuilding credit and achieve good credit scores while a bankruptcy still appears in an individual’s credit history. Discharged bankruptcies have been seen in the past as proof a potential borrow is unfit for any requested loan, that is no longer the case. Loan decisions are based upon a variety of factors and building credit after a bankruptcy can help to qualify individuals for most loan types, including new mortgages and refinanced existing mortgages. As with any loan, when a lender looks at a credit request from someone who has been discharged from a bankruptcy they are looking for significant proof that this individual has the means and ability to pay back loans overtime. In the case of individuals who have filed bankruptcies in the past, that means building new credit after discharge.