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What You Need to Know About Your FICO Score

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If you have ever heard someone refer to your “score” or your “credit score” they are probably referring to your “FICO Score.” It is called a FICO Score as the way the number is calculated is based on software developed by a company called Fair Issac and Company. Once you have requested a loan, a lender may ask one of ... Read More »

Would Talking With Money Management International Ruin My Credit? – Shan

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“Dear Damon, I have $30,000 in debt due to my college tuition. Most of it is in Citi bank. My interest rates are really high. Starting from 13% to 29%. I am paying around $1000 towards minimum payments. Due to that I am living pay check to pay check. I am worried that I will be paying minimum payments for ... Read More »

Just Thinking About Strategically Defaulting on Your Mortgage? FICO Says They Know Who You Are

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FICO recently released a study that claims they can pinpoint those who are prime candidates for strategically defaulting on their mortgage. Strategic defaulters can be defined as those able to make their mortgage payments but unwilling to do, often because their mortgage is worth more than their property value. Researchers at FICO have determined an ability to identify borrowers 100 ... Read More »

I Want to Use a Home Equity Loan to Get Out of Debt. – Sandy

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“Dear Steve, I ran up some credit card debt starting a business and would like to pay it off. Right now I am using balance transfers with 0% (but with 3% transfer fee) to keep a handle on the debt, but it’s an on-going game. I’d like to make it simple and focus on paying off all the credit card ... Read More »

A Quarter of People Have a Credit Score Below 599

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It’s no surprise that people struggling to makes ends meet would wind up with a bad credit score after maybe maxing out their cards, missing a payment or landing in collections. The Associated Press is reporting that FICO has stated that the credit scores for more and more people are sinking to new lows. The block of consumers that had ... 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 »

Debt Settlement Companies Draw Wrong Conclusion About Recent FICO Score Facts

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In a press release by Morgan Drexen (Morgan Drexen Warns Consumers: If You Choose Bankruptcy You Could Face a Devastating 240 Point Decline in Your FICO Score) the debt settlement company draws the conclusion and states “Perhaps the difference between debt settlement and bankruptcy, when it comes to FICO scoring, is simply this: through debt settlement, the consumer is making ... Read More »

What if I Just Stop Paying My Credit Cards in Texas. – Steve

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“Dear Steve, I currently have around $65K in credit card debt. Some of it is from paying of my auto loans, 13K, with balance transfers in order to lower monthly payments. The bulk of it was from 4-6 years ago, when My wife and I both had a 25% reduction in pay for over 2 years (thought it was going ... Read More »

Sally is Divorced and Ex-Husband Has Stopped Paying Mortgages

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“Dear Steve, Hi, I am hoping for some help. I have read some stuff already on your website regarding this, but my situation is a bit different. My ex-husband and I are divorced for a year, separated for 2 yrs prior to that. In our separation agreement it states that he is responsible for 2 investment properties we have in ... Read More »

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