Fight! Fight! FICO and Vantage Score duke it out over which scoring system will be used for mortgage lending.

Fight! Fight!

A brawl has erupted, and everyone’s circling around to watch. But instead of being schoolyard fisticuffs, this imbroglio is over which credit score lenders will use for home loans.

For as long as we can remember, lenders used FICO scores to decide whether a borrower qualified for a mortgage loan, which was then sold to the credit giants Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.

But a rising tide ...

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The Six Pillars of Online Marketing that every mortgage professional needs in 2018 (and why!)

Right now, there are about 315,000 licensed mortgage professionals in the U.S., as well as countless more lenders working for banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions.

And while there were about 5.5 million purchase loans and over $2 trillion in mortgage originations this year, banks are looking to take on a bigger share of in-house ...

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Your top 10 Blue Water Credit blog posts of 2017

When it comes to credit score, debt, and personal finance, 2017 was one of the most tumultuous and polarizing years on record. We saw the stock market surge, the real estate market come roaring back to pre-2007 levels, and the nation’s average credit score reach 700 for the first time ever.

But we also experienced surging credit card and debt levels, the Equifax hack and other mass data thefts that compromised the records of almost 200 million Americans, and skyrocketing rents ...

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The science of prospecting and lead management – a MUST READ for Realtors, loan officers, and salespeople!

If you’re a real estate agent, loan officer, or work in sales in any capacity, then prospecting is a way of life. Cold calling, door knocking, social media posts, email newsletters, mailing postcards, prospecting phone calls, and even open houses are the tools of the trade. In fact, you probably spend the lion’s share of your ...

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What’s the best season to buy or sell a home? Data reveals that it’s probably in the winter

Conventional wisdom states that the winter is the worst time to buy or sell a house. After all, no one wants to go out looking for homes or move when it’s cold, dark, and rainy, fewer homes are for sale, and people don’t want to unsettle their family during the holidays, right?

Not at all. In fact, the winter months are some of the best times ...

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Defining Good Debt vs. Bad Debt

Americans love debt.

In fact, U.S. consumers lead the world in personal debt many times over, with a total debt load of $13.62 trillion these days between mortgages, auto loans, student loans, installment plans, and more. Yes, we’re indebted to those never-ending credit cards, too, with more than $1.021 trillion in credit card charges – the highest in history. Point blank; we’re buying more than ever not ...

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American Shopping Holidays; 25 Facts about Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Last year, about 137 million Americans – about half of our adult population – flocked to malls, shops, and their favorite retailers on Black Friday. They’re spending big bucks, as U.S. consumers will throw down about $61.4 billion in sales this year, up from $41 billion in 2008. (In total, we’re expected to spend about $682 billion this holiday season!)

The name “Black Friday” actually came ...

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How often should you check your credit?

When was the last time you checked your credit? Was it six months ago? The last time you refinanced or purchased your home? Or even years ago, so far back you’re not even sure?

Well, just like getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist, getting your oil changed, and filing your taxes, you should be checking your credit report carefully at regular periods.

However, studies show that ...

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