How debt-to-income factors into lending decisions.

How debt-to-income factors into lending decisions.

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Lenders look at more than just your credit score, including your debt-to-income. A strong foundation for financial health lies in maintaining your debts at a manageable level. The general idea being to keep yourself in a positive equity position when looking at your debt-to-income ratio. While your debt to income ratio doesn’t directly affect your credit score, it is an…

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Balance transfer: Beating high interest rates or path to perpetual debt?

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The balance transfer game can be fun, until you lose the game. A credit card balance transfer is a common way of avoiding interest rates. This is done by frequently moving your debt to new sources, chasing low introductory rates. While this can be an effective way to avoid excessive interest rates, it can be equally dangerous. For consumers with…

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Avoid debt by teach money management early.

Avoid debt by teaching money management early.

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Save early for a better later. The whole world revolves around money. unfortunate, but all too often the case. When you’re young, you quickly spend money without giving a second thought to the possibility of adverse effects. You’re certainly not thinking of how to avoid debt. It’s essential that children are educated about the value of money, so they understand…

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Using secured credit to rebuild your score

Rebuilding with secured credit. One of many tools consumers should use.

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Unsecured credit step aside, secured credit is here to help rebuild.  Times are tough for the general population’s credit. Even those who enjoyed easy approvals and low interest rates in years past are starting to feel the crunch. The reality is, your credit card or other unsecured debt always catches up to you. When this happens, we enter a rebuilding…

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Credit reporting in countries outside the US

How does credit reporting work outside of America?

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Credit reporting at home and abroad. A great deal of attention is put on the three-digit credit score that summarizes your creditworthiness. Have you ever wondered how the credit reporting system came to be? Or, what are the credit systems in different countries in the world? Do you need to rebuild credit if you move to a new country? Let’s…

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Should I pay off olc collections first or focus on new debt

Should my old collections accounts be paid off first or focus on current debt?

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What exactly are old collections? When an account becomes severely past due, the account is turned over to collections by the creditor. This generally occurs between 60 and 180 days of being overdue. The creditor will either pass it on to their in-house collections department, or sell the debt to a an outside collection agency. The collection agency then become…

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Why do I have to pay a deposit on everything? How can I improve my credit?

I have to pay a deposit on everything: What can I do to improve my credit?

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Independence can be great, but not when you have to pay a deposit on everything! The task of landing in your dream apartment doesn’t end with just signing a lease notice, paying the rent, and shifting your things. You also have to set up some or all of your utilities. These include Electricity, Water, gas, sewer, and TV/Internet, etc. Are…

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Make sure your extra payments are going to the principle balance

How do I ensure my extra payments are going to the principal and not interest?

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Make sure your extra payments go to the principle and not the interest. In order to pay off your loan sooner, you ought to make extra payments towards your principal balance. Most people are not aware that extra payments do not always go directly to the principal, but are applied to the interest instead. Remember, the interest is the lenders…

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Different credit score between three major bureaus

Why is my credit score different at all three reporting bureaus?

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It’s bad enough to worry about ONE credit score. There’s a three digit number that matters greatly to your financial well-being. This number can make or break a big financial decision, or be the reason for hefty deposits. If you haven’t figured it out by now, we’re talking about your credit score. First of all, your credit scores being different…

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How to prioritize your debt payments

How to prioritize your debt, the smart way

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So you have student loan, and credit card debt. How to prioritize your debt. Debts of any kind have to be paid under the set terms in order to maintain your credit score. Unfortunately, the terms of the multiple loans don’t care much about each-other, or your wallet. Now, to prioritize your debt debts, you have to understand the types…

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