Credit bureaus

Quick Guide to Better Credit

One of the common questions we are asked is how to improve a credit report. While there are no quick fixes to credit that is less than perfect, there are things you can do to help it over time. This primer is meant to hit the highlights of building good credit.

Posted on December 23, 2016

Credit Report Obstacles, Why We Have to Fight

Improving your credit score is one benefit to undergoing a financial makeover, but for many people it may not be the primary reason. This becomes especially obvious when you learn that you, the consumer, are not a credit reporting agency’s prime customer.

Posted on December 23, 2016

Thieves Target the Love of Grandchildren As a Way to Your Money

Learn what you can do to protect yourself from thieves posing as your grandchildren.

Posted on December 23, 2016

Heartbleed Bug and the Need for Vigilance, Tips for Online Safety

The Heartbleed bug, a virus that made information on so-called “secure” websites insecure, is just the latest piece of news in a longstanding reality that hackers are after your financial data. If there is good news in the revelation of the breach that has been going on for about two years, it’s that what you do to protect yourself from all data theft, works in this case, too.

Posted on December 23, 2016

A New Year, a New Chance to Review Your Credit

Many people change batteries in smoke alarms when the clocks move forward or back. Perhaps you might try the New Year’s holiday to spark a new tradition, checking your credit report. The process is free, simple and could be an easy way for you to accomplish an easily achievable...

Posted on December 23, 2016

How Freezing Your Credit Report Protects You From Identity Thieves

According to the March 5th, 2013 release by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), identity theft was the #1 consumer complaint in 2012.  In addition, the FTC’s February report states that nearly one in four Americans have an error on their credit reports that is significant enough to prevent them...

Posted on December 23, 2016

National Foundation for Credit Counseling offers Guide to Disputing

National Foundation for Credit Counseling offers Guide to Disputing Credit Report Inaccuracies Consumers should take the lead in examining their credit report   Washington, DC – The accuracy of credit reports has been in the news lately, causing consumers to wonder how error-free their own report is.  Since credit reports are the...

Posted on December 23, 2016

Reporting Time on Your Credit Report; Debt, Collections and Judgments

There is often confusion about whether paying on old debts will keep them on your credit report for a longer period of time. Concern about doing further damage to your credit report can prevent people from paying off debts and moving forward financially. There are two time frames to...

Posted on December 23, 2016

Credit Scores: Making them work for you!

A credit score is a complex mathematical model that evaluates many types of information in a credit file to help lenders estimate the risk they incur by lending someone money or providing them with a service like. Lenders use the credit score to determine whether a person qualifies for...

Posted on December 23, 2016

Why is it Important to Check Your Credit Report?

Today, our credit reports are used to make many decisions about our financial future. This includes auto insurance rates, employment opportunities, ability to rent a home or apartment and, of course, whether we can obtain a home, car or credit card loan.  It is critical to protect this very...

Posted on December 23, 2016