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How Does Your Credit Score Actually Work?
June 5, 2018

We have all been drilled endlessly about the importance of a good credit score. Your credit score can determine everything from the type of car you can buy to which types of homes you will have a loan approved for....

A History of Credit Scores and Credit Reporting
March 19, 2018

Credit scores are a fact of life for Americans in the 21st-century, but credit scores haven’t always existed. Without credit scores, lenders might still be relying on handshakes and other subjective measures of worthiness, leaving millions of Americans without access...

How to Build Your Credit From Scratch
March 5, 2018

Building good credit is essential to your financial well-being. If you ever intend to purchase anything for which you’ll need a loan, you’ll need to be able to show lenders that you’re a responsible borrower who can be trusted to pay...

Clean Up Your Credit to Buy a Home Next Year
February 27, 2018

Maybe your credit history isn’t exactly stellar. Sure, you’d like to be a homeowner one day—maybe even one day soon—but that recent run of bad luck and/or bad decisions showing up on your credit report doesn’t put you or your...

Buying a Home Soon? Here’s How to Protect Your Credit Score
February 19, 2018

Your credit score may never be more important than it is when you’re applying for a mortgage. It’s not easy to raise your credit score dramatically in a short period of time. But it is easy to inadvertently lower your...

How to Dispute Errors on Your Credit Report
February 12, 2018

Errors on credit reports are surprisingly common. A few years ago, the Federal Trade Commission completed a decade-long study which found that more than 20% of consumers had at least one error on a credit report significant enough to potentially...

Credit Basics: Understanding Your Credit Report
February 6, 2018

Before a lender offers someone a loan or line of credit, that lender wants to know the answer to one very important question: if I loan money to this person, how likely is it that this person will pay me...