Recovering your credit is essential when you want to get approved for a loan after bankruptcy. Most lenders will just run away at the sole mention of the word bankruptcy, so in order to reduce the risk tag that shows on your credit report, you will have to improve your credit history and try to enhance your credit score.
Credit Card & Credit Score
A credit card can do a great deal for your credit score. Since credit card companies inform every credit bureau about your credit behavior, you can, by means of a credit card, improve your credit history easily. You just need to make all your purchases with a credit card, either secured or unsecured, and then pay the balance in full.
While your payments keep getting recorded into your credit report, your credit score will start a slow but continuous ascendant path that will eventually lead you again to a fair credit score. At that stage you’ll be able to apply for a loan without fearing getting declined by the lender due to your past bankruptcy.
Cash Back Credit Cards
Cash back credit cards are a great tool for improving your credit. You can use this card to make all your purchases and you’ll receive cash back at the end of each period. This way you’ll have larger balances with the corresponding payments that will be recorded into your credit history and at the same time you’ll receive cash back that you can use for further purchases or destine it to your savings account which is another healthy financial practice.
These credit cards usually offer larger cash back amounts when you purchase on certain places designated in the contract. This is because the credit card company has agreements with other establishments. Just make sure that the products you purchase are not too overpriced at those places. Otherwise, you’ll be losing money instead of saving. Nevertheless, though they offer larger cash back at those places, you can still get cash back if you purchase at other stores too.
Bankruptcy Loan Approval
Once your credit score has recovered, you’ll be able to get approved for a bankruptcy loan without too much hassle. If your credit score or your credit history still won’t allow approval you can choose to wait or you could try offering some sort of collateral. There are home equity loans specially tailored for those that have gone through a bankruptcy that offer more flexible requirements than unsecured loans.
Applying with a co-signer (as long as the co-signer has a good credit score) will also aid you in the approval process. The co-signer’s credit report will also be taken into account at the time of approval and will compensate for what your credit report lacks.