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 ...

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Experian fined $3 million for deceiving consumers

Experian, one of the nation’s three preeminent credit reporting agencies, has been fined $3 million by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

What was the infraction that warranted this $3 mil slap on the wrist? According to the CFPB, Experian deceived consumers when it told them that the version of credit scores they could purchase was the same one that lenders used to make credit and financial ...

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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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Mortgage brokers and loan officers: here are 10 ways you can increase a borrower’s credit score in short order (Part 2)

Loan officers and mortgage brokers often see potential home buyers fall a few points short of qualifying when it comes to credit score, but that doesn’t mean they need to be turned away. In fact, there are strategies we can employ to increase a borrower’s credit score by 5, 10, or even 25 points in a short period, allowing ...

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Is it possible to have a perfect credit score?

When you think of “perfection,” what comes to mind? Does perfection mean setting a new World Record on your way to a Gold Medal at the Olympics? How about achieving a perfect score on the SATs? Or “perfect” to you might just mean a quiet day at home without the kids and nothing on your To Do list!

But no matter your definition of perfection, there is one objective standard that is perfectly difficult to achieve: getting a perfect credit score.

While ...

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