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Double Standard For Debt Settlement. Not So Sleazy Now, Ask Hilary Clinton, John Glenn and the FEC.

Debt Settlement Companies?

Originally published December 11, 2009 Consumer debt is a world of double standards. On one hand you have advocates screaming about the evils of debt settlements or that groups that charge people for professional help to do debt settlements are ripping off consumers because settling debts is something that anyone can do. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a huge ... Read More »

Help! I Have No Credit Score

Credit Score Distribution

Establishing a good credit score can be a confusing process, especially if you are getting conflicting advice about the best way to do it. A Credit.com blog reader asked us recently about the best way to build a credit score. He said he plans to start with a secured credit card, but some people are telling him he should pay ... Read More »

1 in 10 Americans Don’t Have a Credit Score or Credit Report

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One in 10 U.S. adults is invisible to much of the American economy because they have no credit report or score, a new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has found. Those 26 million adults — disproportionately Black or Hispanic — have virtually no chance to borrow money or use credit cards. And another 19 million adults have credit ... Read More »

National Debt Relief Shares The Good News For Consumers With Bad Credit

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Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) April 12, 2015 National Debt Relief recently shared in an article published April 6, 2015 how consumers who has either a very low credit score or zero credit score can finally have an easier access to credit. The article explains how FICO came up with the pilot program and who will mostly benefit from this development. The ... Read More »

How a ‘Fair’ Credit Score Can Cost You $130K

Your Credit Score Sucks

If anything is certain about credit scores it’s that they change. How much they change can depend heavily on your decisions, and if you want to save money, there are steps you can take to attain and maintain a high credit score. How you manage your debt determines whether you have great credit, bad credit or something in between, and ... Read More »

How to Get Your Finances in Order Before You Buy a Home

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To successfully buy a home these days, you’ll need patience, resilience to rejection and sound financial planning. You don’t need to earn gobs of money to successfully purchase a home — well, depending on your area. You do, however, need to have enough income left over after your proposed mortgage payment and other financial obligations. You need to be able ... Read More »

Why People With Good Credit Have More Dollars in Their Pocket

How Much Your Credit Score Costs You

Credit Karma, an online consumer finance platform with more than 35 million members, today launched a new consumer education website in honor of March’s Credit Education Month to better educate consumers about credit health. The new site, CreditEducationMonth.com, is designed as a first stop for consumers to educate themselves on the importance of actively managing credit, illustrating the impact of ... Read More »

5 Things You Absolutely Need to Find in Your Credit Reports

Your Credit Score Sucks

You probably already know it’s a good idea to review your credit reports and your credit scores. But what happens when you get a copy of your credit report and you aren’t sure what to make of it? In a recent survey by Credit.com, 27% of consumers who said they had reviewed their credit reports were surprised by some of the ... Read More »

5 Reasons You Can’t Get a Mortgage

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Are you gearing up to refinance or buy a home this year? These five things may stop your mortgage dead in its tracks. Here’s what you need to know to prevent your loan application from being denied. 1. Your Credit Score Is Not What You Think It Is This scenario is all too common. A consumer will get one credit score ... Read More »

The New Credit Score That Rewards You for Paying More Than the Minimum

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TransUnion, one of the three major credit reporting agencies, has made several changes in the last few years to the credit reports it provides consumers, in addition to developing a new credit score to help lenders better evaluate potential borrowers. If you’ve requested your TransUnion credit report recently (you get free credit reports every year through AnnualCreditReport.com), you may have ... Read More »

5 Ways You’re Accidentally Wrecking Your Credit

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It’s one thing to knowingly make decisions that hurt your credit score. We’ve all been there, and sometimes tough decisions must be made. But it’s an entirely different situation to accidentally wreck your credit. In some cases, we make decisions without realizing the impact on our credit. In other cases we may know that certain decisions can hurt our score, ... Read More »

4 Reasons a Great Credit Score Won’t Solve All Your Problems

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More often than not I see clients who tell me they have good credit, yet are still struggling to pay their bills. Having a good credit score is great, but that alone does not necessarily mean you are good with managing your finances or that you’re not in debt. Let’s say you have a great credit score but you have ... Read More »

The Change That Could Give Millions of Americans a Better Credit Score

The Rentals

Millions of consumers could be lifted out of subprime status and get better loan terms if credit reports and scores were broadened to consider on-time utility and rent payments, according to a study released Wednesday by Experian. Experian is advocating for inclusion of non-traditional entries onto consumer credit reports, expanding them beyond loans, credit cards and mortgages. Doing so would ... Read More »

5 Things You Do Every Day That Can Improve Your Credit

Credit Score Distribution

Among all the strategies out there for improving your credit standing, it’s important to take note of the things that are easy. Some of the best ways you can help your credit are so ingrained in your day-to-day routine, you’re probably working on your credit without really thinking about it. The simple, carefree route to good credit — sounds nice, ... Read More »

4 Tips for Living Without Credit Cards

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Credit cards can be good financial tools for the responsible consumer. In this day and age they can also feel absolutely essential since some stores, vendors and even airlines require plastic (though you can use a debit card too). But credit card spending can also lead to debt if not done responsibly. Switching to a cash-only life can help avoid this. ... Read More »

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