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Can Becoming an Authorized User Help Your Credit Score?

Posted by Matt Holmes

Jul 13, 2020 9:02:00 AM

If you’re new to this whole credit thing, it can be difficult to get on the scoreboard as a responsible credit user. So what can you do to jump-start your credit history? A popular suggestion is to become an authorized user on someone else’s account. But does this tactic really work?

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Topics: credit reports, Credit Score, authorized user

5 Credit Myths You Should Know About

Posted by Matt Holmes

Jul 6, 2020 9:02:00 AM

Credit, as we know it, has been around for a long time. Thus, the modern consumer credit system has given birth to a lot of information (and a lot of misinformation). Here are 5 myths about credit usage that have developed over time, and that you should know about.

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Topics: credit reports, Credit Score, credit history, Understanding Credit Scores

Credit Utilization: Should You Follow The 30% Rule?

Posted by Matt Holmes

Jun 22, 2020 9:02:00 AM

There’s a lot of myths and misconceptions in the credit universe (See our recent blog on charge-offs and collections), and we’re always here to help quash the controversy. Today’s misconception we’d like to address: The oft-cited “30% Rule” of credit utilization.

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Topics: Credit Score, credit history, Credit Report

FICO Scores Hit Record High

Posted by Matt Holmes

Mar 9, 2020 9:02:00 AM

According to a new study from Experian, the average American FICO® score hit a record high of 703 in 2019.

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Topics: Credit Score, credit history, Credit Report

5 Tricks That Can Improve Your Applicant’s Credit Score

Posted by Matt Holmes

Mar 2, 2020 9:02:00 AM

As a loan originator, you’re exposed to many different credit profiles. You’ve run the gamut, and you’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. But nothing can compare to denying a mortgage to someone on the basis of their credit risk. Not only is it frustrating to lose business, but having to break the bad news to a mortgage applicant can be crushing.

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Topics: Credit Score, Improve Credit Score, credit cards, Credit Bureau

New FICO Changes- The Winners and Losers

Posted by Matt Holmes

Feb 5, 2020 9:02:00 AM

In January, Fair Isaac announced it would once again make changes to the criteria that determines your FICO score. Historically, scoring changes have led to various consumer outcomes, and this update is shaping up to have its own share of winners and losers. So who are they, and what can you expect? 

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Topics: Credit Score, credit history, Credit Report

What Football Teaches us about Mortgage Credit Reporting

Posted by Matt Holmes

Jan 27, 2020 9:02:00 AM

It’s January, and that means a lot of us just simply have football on our brains. Whether it’s researching French onion dip recipes for the big game or placing bets on the final score, we’re hyped for the game. And to some of us, if we thought about mortgages like we thought about football, we’d be a lot better at our jobs. That got us thinking.

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Topics: credit reports, Mortgage, Credit Score, Mortgage Lending, Credit Report

The Differences Between FICO and VantageScore

Posted by Matt Holmes

Dec 5, 2019 1:00:00 PM

FICO and VantageScore Differences

FICO® and VantageScore® are the two biggest credit-scoring models in the business, so it’s important that mortgage applicants (and lenders) understand the similarities and differences between each. Here’s what you should know about the two.

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Topics: Credit Score, credit history, Credit Bureau, FICO, Credit Report, VantageScore

Trick or Treat? Avoid these Mistakes During the Home Buying Process

Posted by Susan McCullah

Oct 31, 2017 1:11:40 PM

Is it what you hope is the last Halloween before you move into a new home? Are you dreaming of passing out candy to hungry zombies and beautiful princesses?

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Topics: Credit Score, Mortgage Lending, mortgage process

New Rule Makes It Harder for Medical Bills to Mess up Your Credit

Posted by MIchelle Andrews

Sep 29, 2017 1:03:33 PM

The three bureaus added regulations on when medical bills can be reported on consumer credit reports.

This article was originally published on npr.org by Michelle Andrews.

Millions of Americans have medical debt that's hurting their credit. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau estimated it's as many as 43 million people, according to data released in late 2014.

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Topics: Credit Score, CFPB, Understanding Credit Scores, medical debt

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