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Why Paying Your Credit Card On Time Isn’t Enough

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 to earn and keep great credit scores. Great …

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How a Good Credit Score Can Improve Your Life

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 to rebuild your credit, the payoff for your …

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5 Things You Can Do to Increase Your Credit Score

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 cause you to be charged more for insurance …

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Buying a Home With Less Than Perfect Credit

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 afford a new mortgage payment on top of …

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Credit score confusion….Why are all my credit scores different?

Why your lender’s credit scores look so different from the scores you pulled online The credit world is positively full of myths and misconceptions. One such misconception is the idea that you have only one credit score (or even one credit score from each of the 3 credit bureaus). In reality, nothing could be farther from the truth. Have you …

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Why Millions of Tax Liens and Judgments are Disappearing from Credit Reports

Have you ever heard of NCAP (the National Consumer Assistance Plan)? If not, it’s an acronym you should probably learn more about. NCAP is responsible for the introduction of a number of new consumer friendly practices at the 3 major credit reporting agencies – Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian – including the forthcoming removal of a large number of tax liens …