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Avoid bankruptcy, foreclosure, and identity theft

All the tools you need to build, rebuild, and maintain great credit

Need to clean up your credit? This up-to-date resource is packed with action plans for repairing a bad report, paying down debt, and repairing a bad credit report. You'll discover how to dispute inaccurate information, communicate with collectors and creditors, set financial goals, and build a good credit history. You'll also see how to avoid scams — and take action if you're victimized.

Discover how to:

  • Obtain and maintain your credit report

  • Build new, strong credit

  • Handle annoying collection calls

  • Locate credit counseling

  • Manage your finances wisely

About the Author

Steve Bucci is the President of Money Management International and a nationally syndicated columnist for the financial mega-site Bankrate.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (July 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470276738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470276730
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Bucci presents these topics in an easy to read and entertaining style which kept me engaged.
Marcy Person
As a financial planner and co-author of Making Bread: The Ultimate Financial Guide for Women Who Need Dough, I recommend this book for every college student.
Elizabeth Lewin
This book helped me get back to the basics of managing my credit - because unbeknownst to and forgotten by many, credit indeed needs to be managed!
Grace Park

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187 of 199 people found the following review helpful By A.Marie on April 27, 2006
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I'm lukewarm about this book.

This book is good if you want general credit information but the title "Credit Repair" is misleading. If your credit is really jacked up like mine then this book won't cut it. I'd suggest doing online research to find out how you can repair your credit.

The book should have covered things like "pay for delete" which is a negotiation tactic that you use with collection agencies in which you pay the amount that you owe and they delete the negative tradeline off of your credit report. This is something that you would need to get in writing before making the actual payment.

Another term that the book should have covered is "restrictive endorsement". This is when you give your creditors a check w/ stipulations in the memo like "by cashing this check you are agreeing that this debt is paid in full" or "by cashing this check, you are agreeing to remove the negative tradeline off of my credit report". Note that this does not hold up in every state so you must be careful.

This book doesn't really touch on HIPAA information which is needed if you want to remove medical accounts (that have gone to collections) off of your credit report.

My suggestion if your credit is really bad is to do online research to figure out how to clean it up. This book is nothing more than definitions and you could get those online as well.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Grace Park on October 12, 2006
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This book helped me get back to the basics of managing my credit - because unbeknownst to and forgotten by many, credit indeed needs to be managed! Also the chapter on budgeting was very useful. Stephen Bucci uses wit and simple everyday language to make the book not only easy to understand and follow, but also engaging. A good purchase for those who need a refresher or reference for real life credit related problems!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Lewin on December 20, 2006
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As a financial planner and co-author of Making Bread: The Ultimate Financial Guide for Women Who Need Dough, I recommend this book for every college student. They need to know how to use credit wisely and this book will help them understand how it can be done. More importantly, students will learn what happens when they abuse credit. Few, if any, understand how bad credit will affect their future ability to borrow money. Money management should be a required course for college students. It is not, and they go into the adult world as financial illiterates. This book will open their eyes to what can happen.

Elizabeth Lewin
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peidyen on June 19, 2007
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This was a wonderful book full of lots of details on how credit works. There are lots of tips on how to improve one's credit and a good discussion of budgeting, identity theft, and dealing with collectors.

I'd recommend this to anyone who needs help with their finances.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful By BookReviewer on April 20, 2006
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Like a lot of credit recovery books, this one focuses on how to avoid trouble in the first place. For this reason it's not a great reference for anyone who already has credit problems. One exception seems to be the sections dealing with identity theft.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Susan Keating on February 9, 2006
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Steve Bucci's "Credit Repair Kit for Dummies" expertly covers a broad range of topics, providing information that is important for people to know regarding how to manage credit. Indeed, Steve's book really cracks the code on consumer relationships with credit - understanding credit reports and what goes in them, how to build and maintain good credit, and how to improve bad credit and get out of debt. It is a fine, easy to understand resource to assist consumers in navigating through the sometimes complex world of credit.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marcy Person on January 13, 2006
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Credit Repair Kit is a must read for anyone concerned with identity theft or challenges to their credit. Whether you are just starting out or are financially well versed, this book is a great guide to the wide variety of topics covered. Stephen Bucci presents these topics in an easy to read and entertaining style which kept me engaged. Credit Repair for Dummies will be the next graduation gift I buy to help my student get off to a sound financial start!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Andrew Williams on June 7, 2007
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This books flows very easily for the credit novice. I recommend it to anyone looking to understand how your financial decisions will eventually catch up to you...
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