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I Am Getting Married And We Want to Buy a House But My Credit Isn’t Great. – Kelli

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“Dear Steve, Hope all is well! My fiance and I are getting married next April and are currently saving to purchase our first home! We are saving around $12,000-$15,000 for the down payment, we are looking to purchase a house no more than $130,000. The only problem is I have 2 charge offs from CC that I had about 2 ... Read More »

    Do I Really Have to Default on My Debts to Go Into a Debt Settlement Program? – Mark

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    “Dear Steve, I’ve considered both the Debt Management and Debt Settlement routes, but was told that I must first default on all of my cards before pursuing the latter. This strikes me as an extraodinarily risky move to make (the default interest rate on most cards is astronomic). Is there any way to pursue Debt Settlement without first defaulting; or ... Read More »

      I Have Mental Health Issues. How Can I Reduce My Debt? – Mel

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      Mel “Dear Steve, I have a charged-off bank account, a charged-off cell phone bill, a charged-off credit card, and have not paid anything on another credit card for almost 6 months. The bank account received several overdraft charges that were a result of a cab company charging me $70 instead of $10, but I didn’t keep track of the receipt. ... Read More »

        How to Be Financially Successful When You Graduate

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        Congratulations! You’ve made it through the starving student years and now you’re ready to start a job and earn some real money. You’re probably thinking about all the things you’ll be able to buy, places you’ll go and things you’ll be able to do when those paychecks start rolling in. Not so fast. If you’re like all the people who ... Read More »

          Insurance Scores: How Your Credit History Affects Your Insurance

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          What does the information in your credit report have to do with your automobile or homeowner’s insurance? Perhaps more than you think! Many insurance companies these days use insurance scores to help determine eligibility for their policies, evaluate policies for renewal and sometimes to determine rate discounts. Insurance scores are popular with insurance companies because they have been proven to ... Read More »

            How to Get All the Cheap Credit You Want

            Interest Cost to Pay Off Various Credit Card Balances

            Today, the average person pays between 16 and 17 percent on credit card balances. While interest charges may seem low when you look at the monthly charge on your statement, over the long run they can really add up. In fact, the average person can put a hundred bucks or more in his or her wallet just by getting a ... Read More »

              Carol Wrote Me And Asked “Would You Advise Debt Consolidation?”

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              Carol “Dear Steve We are in debt up to our eyes. We are not behind in anything. We didn’t want to get to that point. We were denied financing our house for a longer period of time–our debt to credit ratio wasn’t good enough. However, we didn’t want to borrow any extra money. Would you advise a debt consolidation? Carol” ... 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 »

                  I Have Poor Credit From a Divorce. How Can I Improve It? – Natalie

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                  Natalie “Dear Steve, I have poor credit due to a divorce, I have SEVERAL collections and one judgement against me. I do not know in what order I should start to pay them off.. or if at all since some of them will begin to “disappear” off my credit report soon due to the seven year. rule. I am wanting ... Read More »

                    I’m Worried That Credit Solutions is Not Communicating With Me. – Samantha

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                    Samantha “Dear Steve, I had good credit and was paying my bills on time, then litterally overnight I realized I couldn’t make the payments any more and my cards were maxed out. I joined Credit Solutions, a debt relif group. But now my credit score has drop dramatically and little communication from them makes me wonder if I made the ... Read More »

                      What is The Best Way For Me to Get a Loan? – George

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                      “Hi Steve, I am 36 yrs old, I have only one credit card and I am no longer using it and it has about a $20K balance that I am finally making progress to paying off. I am also now finally contributing to a retirement account and a savings account. All this is not easy but im making sacrifices The ... Read More »

                        Can I Use a Debt Settlement Program if I Have Excellent Credit? – Bonita

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                        Bonita “Dear Steve, Is there a debt consolidation program, or debt settlement program, that you can use if you have an excellent credit rating still, but are deeply in debt from credit cards without it affecting your credit? I’m talking $40,000 in debt. Thanks, Bonita” The Answer   Dear Bonita, It does not matter what your credit score is when ... Read More »

                          Carolyn Writes In And Wants a New Mortgage In Bankruptcy

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                          “Dear Steve, My husband and I are in bankruptsy, we have a 3 year plan with one year left on the plan. Our mortgage company has us on an ARM and wont remodify our loan. How can we get out of chapter 13 and get into a fix rate mortgage? Carolyn” The Answer   Dear Carolyn, I’m afraid it isn’t ... Read More »

                            Daniel Writes In – “How Can I Get Out of Credit Card Debt?”

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                            Daniel says, “I’ve been buried in credit card debt and it feels like I make payments each month and instead of things going down, things go up. My interest rates recently went up even though I have not missed a payment or paid late. Another one of my MasterCard’s just lowered my limit a lot. Is there any hope. Thanks” ... Read More »

                              Chanel Writes In “How Do I Find Out Who I Owe?”

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                              Chanel wrote me at GetOutOfDebt.org and had a debt question. If you have a question you can write me too! Chanel asked: “I have lots of small debts. I want to pay off my debts but don’t know how to find out who I owe.” Chanel, It is amazing how such a simple question can lead to such a complicated ... Read More »

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