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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 …

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

June 25, 2017 Shawn Lane Consumer Credit Expert 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 …

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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!