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Credit-Scoring Myths

Credit-Scoring Myth #1: If I avoid credit, I’ll have a great score. Fact: Though shunning credit cards and loans might sound like a good idea, going down this path will make your life harder, not easier. Credit scoring systems want to see that you can responsibly handle many different types…

The Faces of Identity Theft

About 80 percent of people have errors on their credit reports, and many of these are a result of identity theft. Identity theft can be a devastating event that gets in the way of learning how to build credit. Once a thief acquires your personal information s/he can quickly suck…

Credit-Scoring Factor #1: Payment History

In my book about how to build credit, 7 Steps to a 720 Credit Score, I remind readers that a clean payment history is only one aspect of a good credit score. That said, it is among the most important aspects, counting for 35 percent of a credit score. The…

How to Qualify for a Loan

In today’s rough environment, knowing how to build credit isn’t enough if you want to also know how to qualify for a loan. Ideally, a loan sits on a stool with four legs: income, down payment, savings, and credit score. If necessary, a stool can stand with just three legs….

Key Considerations About Divorce and Credit

While divorce often causes a person to take inventory, many people forget the implications of divorce and credit. Many married couples or life partners jointly apply for credit cards, auto loans, and mortgages. Part of learning how to build credit means that you learn about how divorce can complicate your…

What Should I Do If I’m Deeply in Debt?

One of my friends just told me that he owes $68,000 in credit card debt. He’s 26 years old. And he has that feeling in the pit of his stomach—you know that feeling. He can’t ever truly relax because he’s so worried. All these questions start racing through his head……

How Can I Get Credit Cards If My Credit Score Is Terrible?

If you have bad credit, it’s critical that you have and use three to five credit cards. The only way credit bureaus will reward you with a high credit score is if you prove that you can responsibly manage debt. This means: Having at least three credit cards, keeping them…

My Wife Won’t Sleep in Our House, by 720 Credit Score

After renting for years, my wife and I just bought a house. It’s our ideal house—exactly what we were looking for in the exact neighborhood we wanted. We have dreams of raising our children there, and we smile thinking about the birthday parties, sleepovers, and graduation celebrations that will fill…

What Are the Credit Cards You Recommend for People With Good Credit?

We went out there and researched the best credit cards on the market, consider things like interest rates, rewards points, fees, and the like. You can see our recommended list of credit cards for people with strong credit here. And keep the following in mind: 1. In our program, we…

How Many Credit Cards Should I Have?

Question: “How many credit cards should I have if I want to earn the best possible credit score? I receive a lot of credit card offers in the mail. Should I apply for them?” Answer: Having the right number of credit cards is a big part of your credit score. Ideally, you…

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