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Why Your Credit Score Suddenly Dropped by Over 100 Points

In my line of work, I am asked questions everyday like this one I received last week: “Shawn, I have been working hard for a while now hoping to raise my credit scores. I was making good progress, but when I logged into my credit monitoring to check my credit this month I found out that my credit score just …

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Don’t Fall for These Credit Myths!

The world of credit is overflowing with myths and plain bad advice. Unfortunately, when it comes to your credit, believing the wrong myth could really hurt you. Before you blindly follow the advice you received from your well meaning loved one or the credit tip you read online from your favorite financial “guru”, it might pay to do a little …

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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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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 …

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4 Common Credit Mistakes to Avoid

Knowing what not to do can be just as important as knowing what you need to do when it comes to your credit. Even if you have worked hard to establish good credit, the wrong slip-up has the ability to undo much of your hard work. Thankfully you have the opportunity to learn from the missteps of others and hopefully …

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Getting Your Credit in Shape to Buy a Home

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 you have not yet considered how to get …

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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!

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 the dealership to purchase a new one, only …