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What in the World Do I Pay First to Clean Up My Credit Report? – Susan

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“Dear Steve, I have a lot of charge offs and medical bill collections, I also have a few good accounts on file. What in the world do I pay first to clean my report up? Susan” Don’t miss our free Get Out of Debt – “How To” Guide Series on a number of topics, for loads of practical advice, tips, ... Read More »

I Am Getting Married And We Want to Buy a House But My Credit Isn’t Great. – Kelli

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“Dear Steve, Hope all is well! My fiance and I are getting married next April and are currently saving to purchase our first home! We are saving around $12,000-$15,000 for the down payment, we are looking to purchase a house no more than $130,000. The only problem is I have 2 charge offs from CC that I had about 2 ... Read More »

Do I Really Have to Default on My Debts to Go Into a Debt Settlement Program? – Mark

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“Dear Steve, I’ve considered both the Debt Management and Debt Settlement routes, but was told that I must first default on all of my cards before pursuing the latter. This strikes me as an extraodinarily risky move to make (the default interest rate on most cards is astronomic). Is there any way to pursue Debt Settlement without first defaulting; or ... Read More »

How to Be Financially Successful When You Graduate

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Congratulations! You’ve made it through the starving student years and now you’re ready to start a job and earn some real money. You’re probably thinking about all the things you’ll be able to buy, places you’ll go and things you’ll be able to do when those paychecks start rolling in. Not so fast. If you’re like all the people who ... Read More »

What You Need to Know Before You Refinance Your Home to Pay Off Debts

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Consolidating your debt with the equity in your home can be a terrific money-saving strategy. The interest rate may be much lower than you’re paying on your other bills and, if you itemize on your tax return, you can usually deduct the interest you pay – making the effective rate of the loan even more attractive. But what seems like ... Read More »

Financial Concerns for People With Long-Term Illnesses

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A diagnosis of any major disease will change your life. You may spend much of your time thinking about life and death and your own mortality. You might be trying to hold onto a job, if your health will allow it. You may be wondering who to tell — and who to turn to for support. You might be running ... Read More »

Do It Yourself Guide to Credit Reports: 10 Ways to Improve Your Credit

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So your credit’s not so hot. A few late payments, maybe an account or two that went to collections. What’s the big deal? As you’ve probably found out, it may be a very big deal. You’ve probably already been turned down for the best credit cards and maybe you’ve had trouble getting a car loan. Perhaps you’ve even put off ... Read More »

Insurance Scores: How Your Credit History Affects Your Insurance

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What does the information in your credit report have to do with your automobile or homeowner’s insurance? Perhaps more than you think! Many insurance companies these days use insurance scores to help determine eligibility for their policies, evaluate policies for renewal and sometimes to determine rate discounts. Insurance scores are popular with insurance companies because they have been proven to ... Read More »

Carol Wrote Me And Asked “Would You Advise Debt Consolidation?”

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Carol “Dear Steve We are in debt up to our eyes. We are not behind in anything. We didn’t want to get to that point. We were denied financing our house for a longer period of time–our debt to credit ratio wasn’t good enough. However, we didn’t want to borrow any extra money. Would you advise a debt consolidation? Carol” ... Read More »

Credit Scoring: How it Works and How You Can Improve Your Score

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What Is Credit Scoring? If you have tried to get credit, a loan or a mortgage, you may have had your credit information graded for risk potential. This is called “credit scoring” or “risk scoring.” Credit scoring is one factor that lenders or creditors consider to determine if they should give you a loan, a mortgage or extend you credit. ... Read More »

Lauren is Searching For Ways to Get Out Of Debt And Make Her Bad Credit Go Away

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“Dear Steve, If I find a consolidation company to help me pay my bills will my bad credit go away? Lauren” Don’t miss our free Get Out of Debt – “How To” Guide Series on a number of topics, for loads of practical advice, tips, and help to beat back debt. – Click Here The Answer   Dear Lauren, It ... Read More »

I Only Want One-Third of the Mortgage to Show on My Credit Report. – Rick

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Rick “Dear Steve, I’m considering buying an investment property in a country outside the US. I know that the foreign lender has checked my credit report (which is excellent, by the way). I will buy the property with two other friends, to split the cost in 3 ways. But the mortgage will be in my name only. The question is, ... Read More »

What is The Best Way For Me to Get a Loan? – George

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“Hi Steve, I am 36 yrs old, I have only one credit card and I am no longer using it and it has about a $20K balance that I am finally making progress to paying off. I am also now finally contributing to a retirement account and a savings account. All this is not easy but im making sacrifices The ... Read More »

Will I Be Able to Get a Job After Bankruptcy? – Erin

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Erin “Dear Steve, My husband has been out of work for over a year, and my current job does not pay well. So far, we’ve been able to keep up minimum payments on all our bills, but we have student loans and medical bills coming due that we are currently not able to pay. We are considering bankruptcy, but are ... Read More »

Chanel Writes In “How Do I Find Out Who I Owe?”

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Chanel wrote me at GetOutOfDebt.org and had a debt question. If you have a question you can write me too! Chanel asked: “I have lots of small debts. I want to pay off my debts but don’t know how to find out who I owe.” Chanel, It is amazing how such a simple question can lead to such a complicated ... Read More »

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