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Credit Reports and Credit Scores
November 24, 2004 What Is a Credit Report? A credit report is a report from a credit bureau containing detailed information bearing on credit-worthiness, including the individual's credit history. A typical credit report includes the following: Personal information. ... more...

Lessening the Impact of Bankruptcy on Your Credit
June 18, 2001, Revised November 22, 2004 To the genie who generates credit scores, all bankruptcies (and all foreclosures) have the same statistically-determined impact on credit scores. The genie never asks why a borrower went into bankruptcy or foreclosure.  Some ... more...

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Credit Score
Credit Score A single numerical score, based on an individual's credit history, that measures that individual's credit worthiness. Credit scores are as good as the algorithm used to derive them. The most widely used credit score is called ... more...

Equal Credit Oportunity Act
Equal Credit Oportunity Act (ECOA) Is a federal law that requires lenders and other creditors to make credit equally available without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status or receipt of income from public assistance programs. ... more...

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How I Raised My Credit Score 40 Points in 24hrs AND Saved $658 a Month in Interest!
Its never easy to talk about credit. Not with friends, not with family, not online, and, most of all, not with myself. Yes, I let a monthly payment go by here and there. Ive maxed out my share of credit cards. Ive bought cars that I really couldnt afford. I ate out. A lot. At expensive restaurants. ... more...

Understanding The Different Types Of FICO Credit Scores
Before credit scores were developed, lenders use to physically look over each applicants credit report and credit history to determine whether or not to extend credit. This process was highly time consuming and sometimes resulted in large human errors.As a result, Fair Isaac created the credit ... more...

Do You Need To Improve? Credit Scores Count
To improve your credit score, you have to take steps to improve the rating that the credit bureaus give you on your credit report. The score is the grade they give so that merchants know whether or not you a good risk for them to lend money or allow you to have a credit account. If you have a low ... more...

Credit Help for Real Estate Financing: Five Categories of Your Credit Score
1. Payment History -- 35%The number of accounts paid as agreed and a good payment history give you a higher score.Negative points lower credit scores because of 30 days, 60 days, and 90 days late on any debt. The dollar amount of these delinquencies also impacts credit scores. Severity of ... more...

How To Raise Fico Scores
If you know how to raise Fico scores the rewards are best measured by how much comes out of your wallet when it's time to buy a house, a car or any other big ticket item.The benefits of knowing how to raise Fico scores are so you can qualify for more loans and get the best interest rates available. ... more...

How Does a Creditor Determine Whether to Grant You Credit?
Credit 101How does a creditor determine whether to grant you credit? For many years, creditors have been using credit scores and credit scoring systems to determine if youd be a good risk for a loan or credit card. More recently, credit scores have been used to help determine what rates you pay ... more...

Credit Score: The Brightest Feather In Your Financial Cap
Credit scores are the most important aspect that determines your financial future. Carrying a good credit score is an asset and can pave your future towards greener pastures. On the other hand a negative marking on your credit report can be ruinous for your future dreams. However, "There Isnt Much ... more...

Real Estate Investing 101 Understanding the Different Types of Lenders
The changes in financing options available for residential investment properties over the last 5 years are staggering. Lenders have relaxed the credit and income guidelines for qualification that formerly deterred many would-be investors from entering the real estate. In addition, the down ... more...

The Truth About Your Credit Scores
Some of us just havent been lucky enough to have perfect credit scores, and some of us have been unluckier than others when it comes to credit. However, alls not lost. Did you know there are ways to increase your scores? When you know all these little how tos you can sometimes increase your ... more...

Mortgage Loan Understanding FICO Scores
Apply for a mortgage loan and youll soon become familiar with FICO scores. Heres a primer on the infamous FICO scoring process.FICO scores are merely a mathematical representation of your credit record. Credit records are simply a recording of your debts and assets. Credit card balances, for ... more...

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