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

July 6, 2017 Shawn Lane Consumer Credit Expert 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 …

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Getting Your Credit in Shape to Buy a Home

June 8, 2017 Shawn Lane Consumer Credit Expert Dreaming about buying the perfect home? If so, then you may have already picked out your favorite neighborhoods and floor plans. You might have imagined exactly how you will decorate each room in your new home or you may have plans for a beautiful outdoor retreat in your back yard. However, if …

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4 Costly Credit Mistakes to Avoid

Having a good credit score is so important today. Good credit scores get you lower interest rates, higher borrowing limits, lower insurance premiums, better quality rental properties, and even the American dream of home ownership! Good credit does not just happen – you have to earn it!

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Credit Monitoring – What it is and why we need it!

August 10, 2016 Shawn Lane Consumer Credit Expert Credit monitoring is a service that keeps watch over our credit reports and scores so we know where we stand each and everyday. It is very important to know our credit situation BEFORE we apply for any new credit! We have all heard the stories. Your car dies so you go to …