I Saw You Sugegsted LendingClub to Someone. Should I Try That? – Renee

“Dear Steve, I am a divorced single mom of 2 pre-teens, work full-time, I am a homeowner and I have no savings. My problem is this: After paying for the mortgage, utilities, insurance and bills, I have very little left to live on. This has resulted in my using credit cards as a “back up” … Read more

Inside Information on Credit Reports and Credit Scores

How The Financial World Judges You Today, your credit report and credit score dictate how much you pay for credit, insurance and other services. It is the measurement others use to determine their risk in doing business with you. Having a professional review your credit report and credit score with you are critical to saving … Read more

Seven Easy, Surefire, Guaranteed Ways to Trash Your Credit

I spend a lot of time helping people resolve credit issues and getting finances under control. Now it’s time to give guidance to those folks who are desperate to screw-up their credit. Who’d want to do that, you say? Plenty of folks are in an all-fired rush to make bad credit mistakes. Here’s how they … Read more

I Filed Bankruptcy. How Do I Legally Rebuild My Credit? – Janet

“Dear Steve, I finally filed for bankruptcy. I am anxiously waiting for my hearing. But I am now trying to look forward to the next phase in the process of getting back on my feet. I filed Chapter 7. I have a house that I am current on with very little equity, so I will … Read more

Can I Contact My Creditor And Ask Them to Remove the Charge Off From My Credit Report? – Keisha

“Dear Steve, Four years ago, I had four charged off accounts which I later paid in full. They remain on my credit report, but now show as “charged off/paid”. I made agreements with the credit card companies and/or collection agencies before paying them off, not knowing I could request a pay for delete. Can I … Read more

Some Old Debts Just Resurfaced on My Credit Report. – Carrie

“Dear Steve, Several years ago (6-8 years) I accumulated approximately $25,000 of debt and no reasonable way to pay it back after a divorce. I dodged the creditors and collection agencies-but never had the means to pay anything to any of them. (I lived in subsidized housing,received food stamp benefits and was qualified for rehab … Read more

How Much Debt Do I Have? – Matt

“Dear Steve, I’m looking to find out how much debt that I have to clean up my credit, I have outstanding medical records and missed payments and several things sent to collections How do i find out how much debt that I have and how do i begin to clear up my debt? Matt” Dear … Read more

Secret Credit Bureaus You Don’t Know About, But They Know About You

So let me tell you a story about secret credit bureaus that you don’t know about. Most of us have some knowledge about the three major credit bureaus that hold our credit report and credit score. The three biggies are Equifax, Experian and Transunion. But there are more places that hold information about you. Have … Read more

My Mother-In-Law Has Alzheimer’s and a Lot of Debt. Are We Liable? – Cecily

“Dear Steve, Okay. My Mother In Law has severe Alzheimer’s. Her estate was swallowed up by the first institution she lived in, but when that ran out we had to get her on Medicaid and put her in a different institution. She is now technically destitute; her social security goes directly to the institution, her … Read more

Bankruptcy Filers Can Easily Get Better Credit Scores Quickly

When people go bankrupt their finances become a painful chapter in their lives. They avoid credit and shun anything to do with their credit reports or credit scores. And that’s a mistake. Going bankrupt is painful enough but being unfairly penalized for going through bankruptcy is not fair. If you have gone bankrupt in the … Read more

Disjointed Use of Your Credit Score Can Leave You Unemployed or Dead

I’m afraid that your credit score is being used in all the wrong ways for all the wrong reasons. The credit score was originally designed as an easy way for lenders to identify which potential customers would be low risk and high profit acquisitions. Using a credit score to screen new customers allows lenders to … Read more