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Credit Repair: Hire a Pro or Do-It-Yourself?

December 6, 2018 Shawn Lane Consumer Credit Expert Recovering from credit problems is often a long, uphill battle. There are certainly steps you can take to potentially speed up the process, but it’s important to begin any credit repair journey with the proper expectations. Your credit problems most likely didn’t happen overnight. It’s probably going to take some time to …

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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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3 Steps to Overcome Identity Theft

June 27, 2018 Shawn Lane Consumer Credit Expert Identity theft isn’t a 4-letter word, but it probably should be. If you have ever been a victim of identity theft then you are sure to agree. It is a scary unsettling crime, which can haunt you for many years, unless you take control of the situation. What Is Identity Theft? Identity …

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How a Good Credit Score Can Improve Your Life

March 21, 2018 Shawn Lane Consumer Credit Expert There is no sugar-coating the fact that life can become a lot more complicated whenever you are faced with credit problems. Sure, you can get by with bad credit and low credit scores, but living like that can be expensive, not to mention stressful. On the other hand, when you work hard …

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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 …