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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EquiHACK! Here’s why you should be seriously angry.

Last week, the credit bureau Equifax made a shocking announcement: they’ve been hacked. Not only has the cyber security at one of the nation’s three biggest credit bureaus breached, but the personal data of up to 143 million of its customers was compromised – which is about half of all U.S. consumers.

According to reports of the hack, the information that cyber-criminals obtained from Equifax’s database ...

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25 Frightening financial facts!

Our economy seems to be rolling along nicely, with a full recovery from the Great Recession and the stock market hitting record levels. But is all well and good with the economy when it comes to American consumers spending, debt, savings, and retirement?

Here are 25 frightening financial facts to ponder:

1. 52% of Americans are spending ...

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Why that “free” credit score you just got is probably useless

Navigating the credit score landscape is sometimes treacherous for consumers, with so much confusing and seemingly contradicting information about scoring models, multiple credit bureaus, reporting guidelines, and plenty of websites offering “free” credit scores.
In fact, when someone clicks on one of those offers to view their credit score, they will quickly find out that the free offer:

1) Isn’t free, and

2) Also may not be ...

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Cue the band, roll out the red carpet and drop the confetti…America’s average credit score just hit 700!

Cue the band, roll out the red carpet, and drop the confetti, because America just got some great (credit score) news: the average U.S. FICO score has reached 700.

FICO, which is one of several credit scoring models but also the most widely used one by lenders, including mortgage lenders, reported that the average score hit 700 for the first time ever. FICO scores are based on a 300-850, and lenders and creditors usually consider above 740 as “prime” credit, giving ...

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What credit score do you need to buy a home?

 

If you’re thinking of buying a home for the first time, or maybe haven’t owned since the real estate collapse starting in 2008, you may be wondering what credit score you need to get a mortgage. 

In fact, before the housing market crashed, it was far easier for the average person to get a loan since credit standards were very low (or nonexistent!) and the subprime ...

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Can you do better than the average person on this credit score quiz?

The average person will get 13 out of these 20 questions correct for a 65% score. Can you do better?

 

True or False:

1. Pulling your own credit report will hurt your score.

True

False

2. When different vendors pull your credit score as you “shop around” for a loan, it will always hurt your credit score.

True

False

3. There is only one version of your credit score.

True

False

4. According to federal law, employers are not allowed to check an applicant’s credit report when hiring.

True

False

5. Everyone is assigned a ...

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Everything you need to know about vacating a judgment (and getting it off your credit report!)

Is your credit report relatively clean, except for one big, ugly item that won’t go away – a judgment? It’s a fact of life that some disputes – with landlords, collection agencies and other debtors – sometimes end up with a judgment against you. If that’s the case, we have good news, as it may be possible to have a judgment against you dismissed (called ...

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Blue Water Credit’s top-10 blog posts of 2016.

As the confetti falls on another New Year and the calendar page flips to 2017, we’re reminded by how truly incredible 2016 was. To commemorate the last 365 days and say goodbye to 2016, we decided to put together our top-10 blog posts of the year, as determined by reader views.

As always, thanks for reading, sharing, and follow Blue Water Credit, and please reach out to us if you need any advice or help with your credit score in 2017. ...

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