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Lesbians Languish in Loads of Liabilities

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Question: Dear Steve, After ending my domestic partnership I was single and on my own financially for just under three years. I have since re-married, but incurred approximately $30,000 in credit card debt, while I was the only income for my family of four. I have $13.5K debt on a card with 12% APR. I have $16K debt on a ... Read More »

    Paying Companies To Delete Negative Credit Report Information

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    “Dear Michael, During my junior year of college my parents provided me with a credit card that they paid off in full each month, they never missed a payment and I never worried about the money. I took out a credit card on my own my senior year of college, which I could make the minimum monthly payments until I ... Read More »

      My Reaffirmed Mortgage Shows on My Credit Report as in Bankruptcy

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      “Dear Steve, My house was not included in my bankruptcy, but my mortgage lender is reporting it as “included in bankruptcy”. I filed bankruptcy (ch 7) in 2008. I signed a reaffirmation with my mortgage lender, but my credit reports remain messed up. 1 agency has no info of a mortgage, 1 shows my balance reducing monthly, but carries it ... Read More »

        What is Your Opinion on Lending Yourself Money to Rebuild Credit?

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        “Dear Steve, Hi, I have a question about the finer points of manipulating your credit score. I’m a pretty financially savvy guy and I was doing great until the great recession hit right after I had financed an expansion to double the size of my small business. Although I fought hard, it was no longer a going concern and I ... Read More »

          My Home Depot Project Loan Account is Hurting My Credit Score

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          “Dear Steve, I buy and flip houses in Colorado and use the Home Depot Pro Loan on all my projects. They give a nice line of credit with a 7.99 percent interest and interest only payments for 6months. I usually pay it off before before that time period. I have done this 5 times and closed all 5 Loans. My ... Read More »

            I Filed Bankruptcy. What Should My Credit Report Look Like?

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            “Dear Steve, I filed chapter 7 bankruptcy in October 2009 and the disposition date was March 2010. I am currently reviewing my credit report, as a means of disputing any inaccuracies found on the report. Issue 1: On credit report A under public record it states that I have a $0 claim amount and a $0 liability amount. On report ... Read More »

              TransUnion Won’t Report My Accounts Correctly That Were in My Bankruptcy

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              “Dear Steve, I filed bankruptcy and my creditors are still reporting delinquent debts. Chapter 7 bk filed on 9/18/2010. Trans Union are reporting all of these account w/ delinquency after my filing. Its very frustrating I have disputing this for over 5 years! I have never been w/ any of my accounts before my filing date. Trans Union even put ... Read More »

                How Do I Deal With This Old Debt from the Collection Agency? – Tai

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                “Dear Steve, A collection agency is reporting that I opened a credit card in 2011. I was actually totally unable to get credit by 2011 because in graduate school I became unemployed and had some serious financial problems. I think this is a debt from 2004. Is there anything I can do about this? Thanks in advance. I am trying ... Read More »

                  I Filed Bankruptcy and Creditors Are Still Reporting Delinquent Debts. – Nancy

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                  “Dear Steve, I have a question with regards to bankruptcy and negative reporting by creditors. I filed for bankruptcy on 4/1/13 and the Bankruptcy Automatic Stay kept creditors from collection efforts. The bankruptcy was discharged on 7/31/13 which then reverted the automatic stay to a permanent discharge. From what I understand, creditors cannot collect on the discharged debts, as well ... Read More »

                    Can I Get a Mortgage After a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy? – Kellie

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                    “Dear Steve, I recently discharged my ch 13. I am interested in understanding how long I should wait to consider a new home purchase. My fiancé has excellent credit but I contribute the bulk of the income. I am hoping that the 2 years you eluded to can be minimized with his credit history. Thoughts? Kellie” Dear Kellie, The reality ... Read More »

                      My Credit Score is Stagnant After My Bankruptcy. – Lynn

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                      “Dear Steve, I discharged my debt in 2010, opened a few charge cards to build my credit. Have been doing all the right things. On time payments, debt on cards never over 30%, paid my car off and my Fico score stays the same. 686 for a year now. Before bankruptcy my score was 750-790. What is going on? I ... Read More »

                        Can the Creditor and Collection Agency Both Show the Same Account On My Credit Report? – John

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                        “Dear Steve, Have settlement letter from collection company and will complete the last payment in Oct. The original creditor continues to show the remaining balance of debt and reduces it with each payment that I make to the collection company .The collection company is also making monthly reports that I have the debt but no balance. Is it legal for ... Read More »

                          I’m 22 and Need to Fix My Credit So I Can Buy a Car

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                          “Dear Steve, I am 22 years old. I have never had any help with my family with any money growing up. I graduated High School in 2009 and started out with a couple credit cards. Bank of America for School books and Best Buy for a laptop. I also had a car payment that my sister had underneath her credit ... Read More »

                            My Experian Credit Report Still Shows Old Negative Items – Joseph

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                            “Dear Steve, I just received an investigation report from Equifax that the 03/2008 Collection Account has been fully paid since 03/2010 and is currently reporting a zero balance for this account. Yet, when I printed my 05/21/2013 Credit Report the said account is still listed with Experian and a part of my High Impact Differences. I also had fully paid ... Read More »

                              We Have Some Items On Our Credit Report We Want Removed – Lisha

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                              “Dear Steve, We started to have troubles making payments. Did Bankruptcy. Trouble again and we re-fied our house not once or twice about 4! Took a 2nd out… Around and around sprial…. husband lost his job. Lost house. Moved out of state and did Bankruptcy AGAIN! It was bad decision after bad. And it was all in thinking we were ... Read More »

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