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Free Credit Freezes: Do You Need Them?

October 18, 2018 Shawn Lane Consumer Credit Expert There is no surefire way to keep your personal information safe and protected. The Equifax Data Breach of 2017 alone exposed the sensitive, personal information of some 143 million consumers in the US. The Under Armour data breach, which occurred in the spring of 2018, exposed another 150 million consumer records as …

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How to Rebuild Your Credit After a Bankruptcy

July 11, 2018 Shawn Lane Consumer Credit Expert Bankruptcy has its pros and cons. Chances are that you considered the facts, weighed your options, and did not choose to file bankruptcy lightly. Although bankruptcy can certainly hurt your credit, filing for bankruptcy does not mean that you have to be stuck with horrible credit forever. There are steps that you …

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How Co-Signing Impacts Your Credit

July 25, 2018 Shawn Lane Consumer Credit Expert Most credit questions asked of me can be answered exactly the same. “It depends…” Question: How will an inquiry impact my credit? Answer: “It depends” Question: How will opening a new credit card impact my credit? Answer: “It depends” Asking how co-signing impacts your credit is no exception. The effect which co-signing …

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Why Paying Your Credit Card On Time Isn’t Enough

June 14, 2018 Shawn Lane Consumer Credit Expert Basic credit common sense tells you that paying your bills on time is essential to maintaining a good credit rating. What you may not realize, however, is that your payment history is only one component of good credit. Payment history absolutely matters, but keeping your payments on time alone is not enough …

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5 Things You Can Do to Increase Your Credit Score

January 3, 2018 Shawn Lane Consumer Credit Expert Struggling with the effects of bad credit can be very stressful. When you have credit problems, there is no question that life often becomes more difficult. With bad credit it can be tough to purchase a home, secure reliable transportation, and qualify for a credit card. In fact, bad credit can even …

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Buying a Home With Less Than Perfect Credit

October 16, 2017 Shawn Lane Consumer Credit Expert Is your goal to purchase a home in the near future? If so, there is a checklist of qualification standards you are going to need to meet before a lender will approve your mortgage application. Among other requirements, this checklist includes proof of steady employment and income, acceptable debt-to-income ratios (can you …