If You Qualify For a VA Loan, a Lower Credit Score Might Not Matter

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If You Qualify For a VA Loan, a Lower Credit Score Might Not Matter
If You Qualify For a VA Loan, a Lower Credit Score Might Not Matter Rachel Thu, 10/26/2017 – 09:26 VA loans can be faster to get after bankruptcy Image Source: Scott Webb via Unsplash When you’re bouncing back from a financial disruption in your life, like bankruptcy, job loss, etc., your credit score will drop. […]
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A Quick And Easy Way To Help Protect Your Identity

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A Quick And Easy Way To Help Protect Your Identity
While you may not be willing to shell out for a credit monitoring service just yet (one reason to do so would be if you are about to apply for a mortgage and don't want to deal with any last-minute snafus), there is an easy way to keep tabs on your …
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How to Deal With a Medical Debt Collector

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How to Deal With a Medical Debt Collector
Studies between 2005 and 2013 showed that medical debts are the single largest contributor to personal bankruptcy filings in the U.S. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, half of all overdue debt on credit reports is from medical debt …
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Beware: Scammers Love Valentine's Day, Too

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Beware: Scammers Love Valentine's Day, Too
Valentine's Day can certainly be stressful. Whether you're at a loss for what to buy your love or you're the lamenting the lack of one, you also have to watch out for scammers this time of year. “Scammers play on emotion … and romance is certainly a …
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Money isn't everything, but it can be a key to happiness and health

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Money isn't everything, but it can be a key to happiness and health
Almost 60 percent of Houstonians say a higher credit score will play an important role in making them happy, and 68 percent of area residents want to improve their scores. The poll was sponsored by Chase Card Services, the credit card arm of …
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Dun & Bradstreet announces new online credit monitoring database

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Dun & Bradstreet announces new online credit monitoring database
In the pre-social media age, companies that needed to verify their business contacts would rely on the Millburn, New Jersey-based commercial database firm, which has compiled more than 250 million global business records and is updated five million …
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How Long Does It Take for Something to Be Removed From My Credit Report?

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How Long Does It Take for Something to Be Removed From My Credit Report?
You can't fix what you don't know about, so first and foremost, get your credit report (here's how to get your free annual credit report) and your credit score (you can get two of your credit scores for free every month on Credit.com) so you can see …
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One Step Ahead: February is Data Privacy Month

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One Step Ahead: February is Data Privacy Month
Now is an excellent time to recognize Data Privacy Month in ways that are both practical and impactful. Some ways you can do this are to: • Take steps to protect yourself from identity theft: The Privacy Office offers tips on how to avoid becoming a …
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11 Tips To Protect You From Identity Theft & Related Tax Fraud

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11 Tips To Protect You From Identity Theft & Related Tax Fraud
If the chatter is to be believed, identity theft tops the list of taxpayer concerns for 2016. And it's not all in your head: a 2015 Identity Fraud Study, released by Javelin Strategy & Research, found that identity thieves stole $16 billion from 12.7 …
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Baruah: Economic inclusion unlocks community potential

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Baruah: Economic inclusion unlocks community potential
… economic integration and financial inclusion. This lesson has major implications for Detroit as it looks to extend opportunity beyond downtown into the neighborhoods in the post-bankruptcy era. Economic inclusion offers the opportunity to unlock so …
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One free year of credit monitoring service being provided to all Georgia voters

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One free year of credit monitoring service being provided to all Georgia voters
The secretary of state's office is providing one year of free credit monitoring and identity restoration services to all Georgia voters whose information appeared on the Oct. 13, 2015, voter list. Voters' personal information was accidentally included …
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6 Ways to Keep Zombies Away From Your Money

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6 Ways to Keep Zombies Away From Your Money
Learn more about Richard at NerdWallet's Ask an Advisor. Zombies are the brain-craving menace of movies and television shows. It's all good, fake fun. But zombies of the financial variety can do real damage. They crave your cash and nibble away so …
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3 Consequences of Declaring Bankruptcy That You May Not Be Aware Of

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3 Consequences of Declaring Bankruptcy That You May Not Be Aware Of
Matt Frankel: Most people who file for bankruptcy protection know that it will affect their credit score, but many are surprised to learn the magnitude of the impact and how long it can last. Chapter 13 bankruptcy can remain on your credit report for …
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Kemp: Free credit monitoring on offer after voter data breach

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Kemp: Free credit monitoring on offer after voter data breach
ATLANTA — Georgia's secretary of state said Thursday his office will offer a year of free credit monitoring, more than two weeks after a lawsuit revealed that nearly 6.2 million voters' personal information had been released to media and political …
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Kemp: At least another week before free credit monitoring available

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Kemp: At least another week before free credit monitoring available
Three weeks after acknowledging a massive breach of sensitive data effecting 6 million voters, Secretary of State Brian Kemp said it will be another week or more before Georgians can sign up for state-funded credit monitoring. Kemp told lawmakers in a …
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10 Ways to Protect Yourself from ID Theft

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10 Ways to Protect Yourself from ID Theft
10, 2015. 10 Ways to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft During the Holidays. By Kimberly Palmer | Nov. 10, 2015. Audio: Preparing Your Finances for Natural Disasters. By Kimberly Palmer | Nov. 10, 2015. 4 Essential Books for Fixing Your Debt Problems.
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Why Credit-Card Companies Keep Sending You Mail

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Why Credit-Card Companies Keep Sending You Mail
While credit scores are still the favored method of evaluating customers, other types of data, including time elapsed since a personal bankruptcy filing, also appear to be factored in. And while U.S. laws prohibit credit-card companies … Perhaps the …
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Interview with FICO's Credit Expert–Tom Quinn [Podcast Episode 002]

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Interview with FICO's Credit Expert–Tom Quinn [Podcast Episode 002]
Credit scores and reports are as confusing as they are important. Since 2007 when Dough Roller launched, I've fielded hundreds of questions about credit reports and scores. What I've learned is just how much misinformation is out there about how FICO …
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Martin Lewis: How to improve your credit score

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Martin Lewis: How to improve your credit score
It impacts far more than most people think. It's not just about whether you can get mortgages, credit cards and loans, but can also effect contract mobile phones, monthly car insurance, bank accounts, even if you can pay energy bills the cheapest way.
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Why all consumers should place a freeze on their credit

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Why all consumers should place a freeze on their credit
Photo (c) rolffimages – Fotolia Nearly every time there is a high-profile data breach, the compromised organization responds by providing victims with credit monitoring for a one or two-year period. It's a nice gesture, but a report by the U.S. PIRG …
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AG: T-Mobile, Experian data bases breached

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AG: T-Mobile, Experian data bases breached
Experian and T-Mobile will offer affected consumers two years of credit monitoring and identity protection services at no cost. Experian will also waive the cost of freezing consumer's credit to prevent a criminal from taking out a line of credit in a …
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Top 5 Tips to protect your identity this holiday shopping season

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Top 5 Tips to protect your identity this holiday shopping season
Thu, 19 Dec 2013 18:34:40 GMT — F ollowing new security concerns about credit and debit cards used at Target, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a consumer alert with tips on how to protect yourself from identity theft during the holiday shopping season.
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When It Comes to Protecting Your Data, Some States Just Don't Get It

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When It Comes to Protecting Your Data, Some States Just Don't Get It
When it comes to privacy, not all states are alike. This was confirmed yet again last week in the "50 State Compendium of Unclaimed Property Practices" we compiled. The compendium ranks the amount of personal data state treasuries expose during the …
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What Credit Score Do I Need To Buy A House Under 50k

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What Credit Score Do I Need To Buy A House Under 50k
Read the publication. Watercolour THE ART OF 1S T ISSUE Hou Wei Chinese Master Watercolourist Expert advice How to read. How To Improve Your Credit Score To 800 And Higher … – It took 14 long years and many false hopes, but I finally broke 800 on …
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How To Get A 800 Credit Score

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How To Get A 800 Credit Score
What Is a Credit Score? If you have had credit for at least six months, you have a credit score. A computerized file is kept on every person. A complex scorecard … Kevin King "The 800 Credit Score Man" When you're looking to get a credit card … to …
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How much does college actually cost?

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How much does college actually cost?
The official price of attendance published by some of the top public universities topped $32,000 a year in 2014, and a few top private schools were approaching the $65,000-a-year threshold. Ouch! At those prices, just about everybody needs a little …
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