Once I pay off a past debt, how long until my credit updates?

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You pay off a past debt, now you want the reward! Many people ask about the time it takes for their credit report to update once they pay off a past debt. If you’re anything like me, you wait a few weeks and then start checking to see if the derogatory mark has dropped. It can never happen soon enough;…

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What is rent to own, and does it affect my credit?

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Rent to own – Let’s start with the basics. If you are planning to buy a home but your income leaves something to be desired, don’t despair. There are certain ways you can still own a home, though they’re not as straightforward and conventional as a traditional mortgage. Rent to own, which is also known as lease to own, permits…

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Is transferring my credit card balance for a better interest rate a good idea?

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An introduction to credit card balance transfer. The average credit card debt in the U.S. is $5,331 on an individual level. But, if you’re new to the credit game, you’re not likely part of this statistic. For those of us that have been building and maintaining credit for a while now, we know there are some common techniques to keep…

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Simple Ways to Improve Your Credit Score

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Get to know your credit. In fact, become best friends. Whether you’re looking to improve your credit score, or building it from scratch, we’ve got some tips for you. Building and maintaining good credit is no easy task, but often times consumers are overwhelmed by the information they encounter online. A low credit score is not the end of the…

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What does No Credit Needed really mean?

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Does your credit score prevent you from getting retail store credit cards? You know the story: You visit a store, find exactly what you’re looking for, and immediately sign up for a store credit card. Later you find out that agreement came with a snag: an astronomical interest rate. Most of the retailer stores offering credit cards will cost you…

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What is Debt to Income Ratio and How Does it Affect my Credit Score?

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I’m good at making money, even better at spending it. Debt to income (DTI) ratio confuses a lot of people. Unfortunately, these people are often the ones in need of some kind of financial assistance. Many consumers aren’t aware of the simple calculation they can do to find their DTI, or the affect it has on their buying power. As…

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How Does My Credit Score Affect New Purchases?

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Trying to borrow with bad credit? Not so fast. Many Americans are asking questions like, what is a good credit score or how to rebuild a credit score? Chances are if you’re asking these questions, your credit score could use some work. According to Lexington Law; 12% of the U.S. population has a credit score below 550. This group of…

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How long will paying minimum monthly payments really cost me?

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I’ll pay more next month… When creating a budget, you’re told to keep your expenses as low as you possibly can, and it’s good advice. Unless of course you’re making credit card payments. Most people are tempted to make the minimum monthly payment on their credit card in an effort to offset other bills. In the long run this is…

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Should You Ever Co-Sign on a Loan?

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To co-sign or not, that is the question. It can be tough to get approval for loans or credit cards for someone who doesn’t have a good credit history. However, businesses still approve such applicants if  someone with good credit agrees to co-sign for them. If your loved ones ask you to co-sign and you agree to help, they will…

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