Credit Report

Urban Institute Study Raises the Question of Why People are not Reaching Out for Financial Help

People may be hesitant to reach out for help due to misconceptions about financial counseling. Here are some of the false beliefs that consumers admitted in the 2014 NFCC Financial Literacy Survey

Posted on December 23, 2016

Debt Settlement, Financial Friend or Foe

For years many financial experts have been warning against using “debt settlement” strategies to battle high credit card debts. According to a June 2014 report from the Center for Responsible Lending, despite changes in federal and state laws, the warnings will continue.

Posted on December 23, 2016

Another Data Breach This Time a Hotel, How to Protect Yourself

When you check into a hotel or rent a car you are required to present a credit card as security. This reality is troubling in light of the news that a single hotel in Houston reported it had been the victim of a data breach that potentially affected about 10,000 customers.

Posted on December 23, 2016

You Received the Offer, Now Should You Open the Account?

The news that lenders are sending offers to riskier borrowers should remind you of one truth we all should have learned from the financial crisis seven years ago; just because you can borrow money doesn’t mean you should.

Posted on December 23, 2016

Credit Cards, What Will it Take to Make You Stick with Your Company

0% interest for a year, earn cash back, free airline miles, we receive tempting offers from credit card companies everyday. How do we know whether to risk our credit history or stay with what we know? Here are a few things to consider.

Posted on December 23, 2016

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

Good Driving Record, but High Insurance? It May be Your Credit

You don’t have to be a math genius to know that every time you pay off a credit card debt you have more money available to spend. But there is also a chance that paying off that debt will also help the price of a one major, necessary bill, go down as well.

Posted on December 23, 2016

Three Reasons to Close Your Credit Card

Many people ask about closing a credit card. We’ve all heard that it can cause problems with your credit and credit scores. Below are some tips for deciding if the time is right to close your account.

Posted on December 23, 2016

Debt to Income and Your Home Loan Ability

How much debt is too much debt when buying a home? Find out what your debt to income level is with some simple calculations.

Posted on December 23, 2016