App Offers a Robust Set of Features
SmartCredit offers an interactive credit report that’s easier to read and understand than a traditional credit report. Rather than making you scroll through pages of account history, the Smart Credit Report lets you flip through your credit report information piece by piece as if you were turning the pages of a book.
What Can You Do on SmartCredit?
As you view each tradeline on your credit report, SmartCredit lets you take a variety of actions based on the information. For example, you can:
- Send a goodwill request to remove an item
- Make an offer to settle the account
- Mark the account as not yours or a result of identity theft
- Ask the creditor a question
These are sent directly to the creditors or credit bureaus electronically and their response is sent back the same way. The benefit: You don't have to worry about having the right address or account number.
When you sign up for SmartCredit, you'll get access to the VantageScore 3.0. The score is great for educational purposes to get a feel for where you stand, but be aware that the lender may use another credit score.
You can easily gauge your credit standing with a variety of credit scores: a traditional credit score, an auto score, an insurance score, and an employment score. This may be the most comprehensive set of scores available in any one monitoring service.
Additionally, the ScoreMaster future score simulator lets you gauge how your credit score would improve if you took specific actions against your credit, such as having a debt removed via goodwill letter.
Subscribing to SmartCredit will also give you access to a few other apps, such as the Jean Chatzky ScoreBuilder, which helps you improve your credit score in 120 days, and the Debt Negotiator system for settling debts on your own.
SmartCredit offers two membership levels: basic and premium. The basic membership is currently priced at $13.95 per month and comes with two monthly updates to your credit report and score and unlimited access to the ScoreTracker, ScoreBuilder, ScoreMaster, Credit Monitoring, and Money Manager. You can also take five credit actions each month.
The premium membership, priced at $19.95 per month, offers all the same benefits of the basic membership plus unlimited updates to your credit report and score and unlimited credit actions.
Both membership levels offer a la carte access to your reports and scores from all three major credit bureaus and $1 million in ID fraud insurance. Activation is required for the fraud insurance benefit. SmartCredit offers a five-day trial and 30 days risk-free. If you cancel within five days, you pay nothing. If you cancel within 30 days, you can request a refund of what you’ve been charged. You don’t get access to your Smart credit report after you’ve canceled your membership.
The Bottom Line
SmartCredit presents an interesting and easy-to-understand way to look at your credit report. The $13.95 price is comparable to what you'd pay for a credit report and score from a bureau, but SmartCredit grants you access to much more information than a standard credit report. While you can complete correspondence with your creditors with templates you find on the internet or letters you create on your own, having the option to submit quickly and directly through the app is a nice feature.
Unfortunately, there isn't a more basic version of SmartCredit for users who only wish to view their credit report and scores, so the price point may not be worth it if you don't need all the extra features. Still, for those who want a comprehensive credit reporting and management app, CreditSmart offers plenty of compelling features.
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