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Lessening the Impact Bankruptcy Has on Your Credit Score

Although it is certainly true that bankruptcy may negatively affect a filer's credit score, sometimes for years after the discharge, there are steps that a debtor can take to lessen the impact. ...
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Credit Scores and Mortgage Loans

It has become increasingly evident that a borrower's FICO score is one of the most important issues to be considered by financial institutions that underwrite mortgages. One's FICO score, or ...
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Unpaid Medical Bills and Your Credit Score

Medical debt presents may present a particular problem for consumers. This type of debt is significantly different than other types of debt that a consumer may need to deal with, such as credit card ...
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6 Steps to Improve Your Credit Score

Are you on a quest for the perfect credit score? If you want an 800 score, the first step is to find out what your current score is. The editors of Money Magazine wrote an article for CNN.com ...
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Can I Use a Credit Card Before I File Bankruptcy?

We understand that the reason you are considering bankruptcy is most likely using your credit cards beyond your financial needs. Many times, debtors are forced to use their credit cards to pay for ...
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Watch Me Wednesday: Do Bounced Checks Affect My Credit Rating?

Matthew McKillen, eHow presenter, speaks about how bounced checks affect a person's credit rating by keeping local banks from lending money to the individual. Bounced checks may also lead to the debt ...
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How Can I Get a Credit Card When I Have Bad Credit?

Having bad credit won't necessarily prevent you from getting a credit card, but it can make it much more difficult. Here are some tips that will help you get a new card and start to build your credit ...
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Secrets of Extreme Savers

Having a savings account is important not only for emergencies, but also for children's college funds and your retirement. You can put a lot more away then the average family without living a deprived ...
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Watch Me Wednesday: Does Using My Credit Card Online Make Me More Vulnerable to Identity Theft?

Robert Siciliano, Identity Theft Expert and CEO at IDTheftSecurity.com discusses online shopping and if it makes you more vulnerable to identity theft.
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How Does Divorce Affect a Person’s Credit?

Before your divorce, when you and your spouse first obtained credit together, you both sign a contact agreeing to pay your bills. A divorce agreement does not cancel that contract. When you divorce ...
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Watch Me Wednesday: How Do My Credit Cards Impact My Credit Score?

Janet Bodnar, Deputy Editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance discusses how your credit cards will impact your credit score.
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How Do I Start Building Credit from Start?

If you have never had any credit, the best way to build it is to get a few credit cards. Pick at least two from the major lenders (Visa, Mastercard, etc.) and make sure they have no annual fees and a ...
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High Rates, More Fees – Credit Card Traps Here to Stay

Despite the final phase of the CARD Act being put into place this August, credit card issuers will still be able to blindside customers with unexpected fees and more abusive behavior. We came across ...
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How Do I Add Eviction to a Tenant Credit Report?

Gather information regarding the tenant who was evicted. You will need the full name, Social Security number and address. Additional information such as a driver's license number is also helpful. The ...
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Can I Obtain a Credit Report for Someone Who has Passed Away?

If your spouse has passed away or your are the executor of the estate or have the power of attorney for the deceased, then you may obtain a copy of the credit report. Write a letter to the 3 major ...
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Credit Unions: A Better Bet Than Banks?

We recently came across this article in the Wall Street Journal discussing the advantages of credit unions over banks. The article brings up some great points and we wanted to share it with our ...
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How do I Erase Potentially Negative Items from a Credit Report?

First, request a credit report from all three major credit bureaus, TransUnion, Equifax and Experian, and document anything you find that is incorrect on the reports. Record what the negative item is ...
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Which Bank Deserves Your Money?

Shopping for a new bank? Most people just go for convenience when looking for a bank, but there are so many other questions you should ask yourself when switching banks. We came across an article on ...
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Can a Bankruptcy Ever be Removed from my Credit Report?

No, you cannot remove a bankruptcy from your credit report early. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy can appear on your credit report for 10 years while a Chapter 13 bankruptcy will appear for seven years. ...
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Senate Votes To Provide Credit Scores to Consumers

Have you been rejected for a credit card, car loan or store charge card in the past and wondered why? An amendment making its way to becoming a bill in senate will help consumers by providing them ...
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3 Major Factors of Your Credit Score

Your credit score is based on many things, but there are three common factors that make up about 80% of your score. Many financial institutions start with your FICO score, which is based on a system ...
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