Housing starts rise 7.2 percent last month, still down from March 2010

Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development shows both positive and negative signs for the country's housing industry.

According to the latest statistics, housing starts rose 7.2 percent to 549,000 in March, from February's revised totals of 512,000. However, this figure is still well below the 634,000 starts recorded during March of 2010.

The number of housing completions didn't see a month-over-month increase like housing starts, as the number of finished homes fell a seasonally adjusted 14.2 percent from February. In year-over-year comparisons, last month's housing completions were 20.8 percent worse.

Many consumers may be having trouble securing financing deals to start or finish their housing projects because of problems with their credit scores. For some of these individuals, their poor credit scores may stem from unfair or unverifiable information on their credit report

Prospective homeowners who find a problematic or questionable item on their credit documents may want to contact a credit lawyer to help them investigate and dispute the unfair marks. In some cases, removing a credit reporting inaccuracy may result in a major boost in a person's credit score.