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Our Credit Scores Suck, We Have No Savings, and We Are in Collections. – Tara

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“Dear Steve, My credit score is 580, my husband’s is 608. We are both in our early 30′s and we have a son. We have a combined debt of $31,000 which includes students loans, credit cards, and debt collections. We pay the bills on time but are struggling and have made a couple of late payments. We have no savings ... Read More »

Top 3 Cures for a Low Credit Score

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A low credit score is bad news, particularly if you are trying to renegotiate the terms of a loan, applying for a home loan, trying to land a job, or searching for an apartment. In today’s environment, you need a high credit score for a slew of reasons. So if you need to build your credit score, don’t worry. Here ... Read More »

I Paid Off an Old Debt and My Credit Score Went Down. – Michelle

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Michelle “Dear Steve, To pay or Not to pay…. that is the question. Have a old debt (over 2 years old) I have been told not to pay it because if I do it will make a negative mark on my credit. I know this is true because I paid off something else which was in collection, it now says ... Read More »

I’m Feeling Defeated About My Financial Future. – Nicki

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Nicki “Dear Steve, When I left college with credit card debt I had no way of paying, no real job and student loans piled on top, I was struggling to keep from drowning in debt. Top that off with medical isses (no insurance) and those bills, it took almost seven years to pay back the largest items after being delinquent ... Read More »

Can I Get the Bank to Remove the Charge Off From My Credit Report? – Ellen

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“Dear Steve, My credit score is currently listed at about 560 ish with Experian and Equifax. There are a total of 5 olds accounts all not more that 400.00 dollars. I paid 3 off and I’m waiting for my paid in full letter. the other two I am disputing because a junk debt dealer bought the accounts, changed account numbers ... Read More »

Is It Possible to Easily Increase My Credit Score? – Tamara

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Tamara “Hi Steve, I graduated with my Masters Degree this past June 2009 in Speech Pathology. I have over $100,000 in school loans and a car loan of approximately $10,000. My credit score is 716. I am trying to increase my credit score to above 720 to qualify for a conventional housing loan to purchase a home. My income is ... Read More »

Pam Asks “Does a Deferred Student Loan Lower Your Credit Score”

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“Dear Steve, I have $40,000 in credit card debt but have never missed a payment.I am trying very hard to make more than the minimum payment. I have a long credit history with no late fees ever. My credit score is about 750. I have 3 kids in college and have outstanding deferred students loans that I have cosigned. I ... Read More »

How Can I Increase My Credit Score in the Next Couple of Months? – Kristine

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Because of the volume of submitted questions, I am behind in personally answering every single one. I need your help. I am publishing the question below for you to answer. Please help this person by adding your response and advice in the comments section of the original question. Click here. “Dear Steve, I have a credit score of about 458 ... Read More »

My Credit Score is Dropping. Is Yours?

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I am pissed off. I carefully monitor my credit report and credit score. In fact I just refreshed my consolidated credit report again today and guess what, my score from all three credit bureaus has dropped. But the spread among all three is now 17 points different rather than the 19 points that it was. Credit scores are not designed ... Read More »

I Am a City of Houston, Texas Employee and Need to Repair My Credit so I can Build a House. – Jocelyn

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Jocelyn “Dear Steve, I am a 15 year City of Houston, Texas employee. My gross income is about $27,000 a year. We get no raises or cost-of-living adjustments. However, despite my low income I have managed to purchase a piece of property. Years ago I became ill with a form of cancer and ended up filling for bankruptcy. My credit ... Read More »

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