If you’ve been toiling with a low credit score due to a tax lien, civil judgment, or similar negative item being reported, you’re in store for some good news coming very soon. Starting this summer, millions of Americans will be getting a credit score boost even if they haven’t paid down debt or don’t anything else to ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
For millions of first-time homebuyers and other homeowners, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), is the best resource they’ll ever find. Originated back in 1934, the FHA is a government agency that facilitates access to home ownership for more Americans. They do that in an ingenious way, since the FHA doesn’t actually lend their own money ...Continue Reading →
We all know that the U.S. economy is colossal, right, but just how big? In fact, with a 2015 GDP of just under $18 trillion, the US economy represents more than 20% – or more than 1/5th – of the entire global economy. Although emerging economic superpowers like China are significant, their economy is still ...Continue Reading →
Amid our current rosy good news of stock market surges and economic growth, there sits an extremely prickly thorn: high credit card debt. In fact, the levels of U.S. consumer credit cards and other personal debt have reached levels not seen since the debt parade stopped in 2008 with the U.S. financial collapse.
In fact, as of 2016, our collective consumer credit card debt climbed to $927.1 billion, ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
Every time you use your smartphone to Google something, every time you tag your location on social media, and definitely every time you buy something online, companies are collecting your data. In fact, most major retail brands, companies, and online sites that sell products or services are carefully “mining” your sensitive personal and financial data, reselling it to third-party data collection companies who then analyze, ...Continue Reading →
February is Black History Month, so we’d like to applaud and celebrate some heroes of the Untied States civil rights movement. Initiated by Carter G. Woodsen in 1921 as only a week, this reverence for African American contribution and culture was placed in February because it marked the birthdays of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. It was later expanded to a full month in ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
If you’re a Realtor or loan officer, it probably feels like you spend the lion’s share of your time collecting and organizing other people’s documents. But now that it’s 2017 and April 15 isn’t too far away, it’s time to get your own financial house in order for the IRS.
Considering that most Realtors, loan officers, and brokers are self-employed, that means getting a (hopefully sizable) ...Continue Reading →