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#AskanExpert: Help, Multiple Credit Inquiries Hurt My Credit Score!

Q.  I submitted a request for an online personal loan and that kept sending me to different loan companies and they failed to tell me that all of them would be pulling my credit score and now my score lost 51 plus points in 3 days. Help me, please. Dear reader, Seeing your credit score drop so quickly can be intimidating, especially if you are actively looking for new credit. …Read More

#AskanExpert: Should I Remove Myself as an Authorized User?

Q. When I was under 18, my parents added me as an authorized user to one of their credit cards. However, since then, they have accumulated a lot of debt on that credit card that now negatively impacts my credit score. I am continuously getting denied from credit card applications of my own. In terms of damage control, is it better for me to stay on the card and wait …Read More

What You Need to Know About the UltraFICO Credit Score

Recently, FICO announced a new scoring model that will roll out in 2019 called the UltraFICO. The new model will allow consumers to provide their bank account information to prove they are more creditworthy than they appear.  By opting in, they may have a chance to qualify when they otherwise would not. According to FICO, seven out of ten consumers that show an average savings of $400 without negative balances …Read More

Why Mortgage Credit Scores Are Different Than Consumer Scores

Qualifying credit is a cornerstone of a home loan application. Mortgage lenders use credit scores to help assess a potential homebuyer’s ability to make steady, on-time payments. Given the weight of credit scores in the mortgage market, hopeful homebuyers should absolutely look into their credit before applying for a loan.   We’re fortunate to live in a time when consumers have easy access to their credit scores. Services like Credit …Read More

5 FAQs on How to Improve Your Credit Score

A common question people often ask is, “How can I improve my credit?” Since credit can impact many things, including: employment, down payments, interest rates, utility deposits, and even car insurance, improving your credit can help you in a lot of ways. With all of the information floating around out there, we want to make sure you have all the correct answers to the questions below!   5 Frequently Asked …Read More

Ask an Expert: What is a credit report and why is it important?

Q. What is a credit report? Dear reader, A credit report is a very important document used by lenders and financial institutions to make their lending decisions and to set the terms and conditions of any credit they give you. To take control of your finances, it is recommended to review and understand your credit report thoroughly. So, let’s start by discussing the kind of information you will find on …Read More

How to Get a Small Business Loan Even if you Have Bad Credit

It’s no secret that finding small business financing can be an arduous process. And beyond everything else you hear you need in order to qualify for a loan, there always seems to be that one non-negotiable: a good credit score. While having good credit certainly makes it easier to qualify for a small business loan, it’s time to dispel the myth that you won’t be able to find business financing without …Read More

Ask an Expert: How do I begin to build credit?

Q:  How do I begin to build credit? Dear Reader, Building your credit, whether you are starting from scratch or recovering from past financial mistakes, requires time, dedication, and a strategy. Since you have already taken the first step by asking yourself this question, we will look at some of the next steps you can consider.   One credit building option to consider is a secured credit card. Secured credit …Read More

An Explanation of Your Credit Card’s 4 APRs

The Fine Print of APRs Whether we like it or not, the whole wide world seems to be filled with fine print. Even a receipt from the donut shop has its own share of tiny script laying out the rules and limitations on your purchase. But while it’s usually perfectly safe to ignore the fine print that comes with your morning bear claw, sometimes the paperwork is just as important …Read More