The Ultimate Credit Score Survival Guide: 45 Rules to Help Increase Your Credit Score

If you want to know the best ways to increase your credit score, follow these rules. Build your credit. Fix your credit. This guide covers it all.

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Why Refinancing with FHA Mortgages Means Less Paperwork

It’s been estimated that the average mortgage application now runs some 500 pages, a number many borrowers can ignore with an FHA streamline refinance.

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Unemployment. Health Problems. An accident. These and other problems can crash your credit score. These five steps can help your credit score recover.

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Once we found the right house, we thought being under contract and closing on the purchase would be a piece of cake. However, our closing date got pushed back twice—once because the seller hadn’t finished some repairs on the property, and the second time because a glitch involving my... Read more
The recent security breach of Sony’s PlayStation Network serves as a reminder to all of us that it’s a good idea to regularly check your credit report and credit scores for unusual activity or errors. With so much of our lives being conducted online, it’s important to be diligent about your... Read more
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It’s not that we expected our credit scores to be perfect. But when my husband and I went through the pre-qualification process to buy a home we found out that identify theft had lowered Matt’s credit score, and a mistake with an automatic transfer of his car payment one... Read more
Advertising Disclosure There’s a rapidly-growing movement in the personal finance community that wants us to abandon our credit cards completely. The lingering effects of the recession has prompted reactions like the recent “Shred Your Credit Card” campaign, which is using the power of blogging and social media to amplify... Read more
You’ve taken down the Christmas tree and swept away the last remaining strands of New Year’s confetti. Now it’s time to roll up your sleeves and start making good on those personal finance resolutions. Remember them? You know: Raising your credit score, obtaining a refinance or buying a new... Read more