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Lenders Still Want Great Credit Scores

May 22, 2012 by  
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Lenders Still Want Great Credit Scores for Mortgages

by: Credit.com

Credit Score RepairThese days, many consumers are likely finding it easier to obtain many types of credit, as lenders have significantly slackened requirements for most loans and credit cards. However, the qualifications to obtain a good mortgage rate remain stubbornly high across the country.

Even as credit conditions improve significantly nationwide and many financial institutions are once again broadening lending efforts, many are still being extremely tight with financing for mortgages, according to a report from the New York Times. In fact, even as subprime lending for credit cards opens up considerably, many consumers with low credit scores will find themselves extremely unlikely to even be considered for a home loan approval.

A recent study by the Federal Reserve Board indicated that consumers with a credit score of 620 willing to make a 10 percent down payment are now less likely to be approved for a mortgage than they were in 2006, the report said. Further, some were even reticent to extend financing to borrowers making a similar down payment when their credit rating was 720.

This is because most lenders are still extremely gun-shy about lending large sums of money to anyone but the most qualified borrowers, the report said. In many cases, those who are approved for a home loan will also pay far higher rates on the mortgage than those who have top-notch credit scores, even as the average interest rate has hovered below 4 percent for some time now.

“If you don’t have good credit, you’re not going to get that crazy low rate,” Deborah MacKenzie, the director of counseling at the Stamford, Conn., nonprofit the Housing Development Fund, told the newspaper.

Typically, the only way consumers can improve their credit ratings so that they can qualify for a home loan is by being smarter about managing their various lines of credit, including keeping credit card balances low and making all payments on time and in full. These are the two biggest factors comprised in a credit score. However, consumers can also be hurt by applying for too many new lines of credit within a short period of time, so avoiding this ahead of shopping around for a mortgage can be crucial to maintaining good credit health as well.

Source: Credit.com (http://s.tt/1cp3F)

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Kids With Credit Reports

May 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Blogs, Identity Theft

 By: Credit.com

Children with Credit HistoryChildren are not supposed to have a credit report in their name, but new studies have found that the number of those who do is growing considerably, which can pose major problems for affected kids.

People under the age of 18 who have a credit report in their name are almost certainly the victims of identity theft, and this is a large and growing problem nationwide, according to a report from the Columbus Dispatch. Some studies have found that large amounts of kids have been a0ffected by identity theft, in which the crooks open large amounts of credit in their name and steal tens of thousands of dollars or more, and leave their young victims to carry the blame.

Often, this type of crime is carried out when a thief gains access to a kid’s Social Security number, the report said. Sometimes this can happen as a result of data breaches at hospitals or schools, and other times, their relatives may steal their identity. These youngsters are usually targeted because they will have no credit history and, since parents wouldn’t normally even think to make sure their son or daughter has a credit report in their name, the crime is unlikely to be discovered for a long time.

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“These kids’ Social Security numbers are particularly valuable to thieves because they can go years without detection,” Bo Holland, chief executive of AllClearID, told the newspaper. “Because of privacy restrictions, the credit bureaus can’t share with parents what they find in their (child’s) files. So they don’t know who is using the Social number or what accounts were opened.”

The most common way a child who has been victimized by this type of crime discovers the problem is when they turn 18—sometimes even older—and apply for a line of credit, the report said. To their dismay, they may learn that they’re saddled with significant debts, such as those for auto loans, credit cards and sometimes even mortgages, that have gone long periods of time without payment.

One thing parents who are concerned about this type of crime can do is contact the credit reporting agencies and ask them to put a freeze on their kids’ credit until they turn 18 and are capable of obtaining some types of loans on their own.

Source: Credit.com (http://s.tt/1bMPx)

More Consumers Approaching Perfect Scores

May 11, 2012 by  
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by: Credit.com

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The number of consumers in the top credit score range has reached its highest level since fall 2008, a report by FICO Labs shows, which could indicate more Americans are working to better their personal finances, including improving their credit reports. (If you want to know more about how a credit score works, check out: What’s a Credit Score?)

More than 18 percent of consumers now have FICO scores between 800 and 850—the first time the ratio of consumers has grown to this figure since October 2008, FICO Labs reports.

However, the number of consumers with scores between 700 and 799 hasn’t improved in the same manner. The report states 15.5 percent of U.S. residents have scores in this range, which is the lowest the figure has been since FICO Labs began recording the statistic in 2005.

Additionally, the report found that nearly one-third of the country’s consumers have FICO scores between 550 and 699—the most amount of people with a score in this range since 2006.

According to FICO, this data likely denotes there are still a considerable amount of Americans in poor or average financial standing.

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Despite many Americans in evident need of a credit tune-up, Rachel Bell of FICO Labs stated the report indicates a considerable change in consumers’ attitudes toward their personal finances.

“Many consumers have moved into the top tier of the FICO Score range by redoubling their efforts to maintain an excellent credit profile,” said Bell. “Other people have fallen into lower tiers, most likely due to the financial stress that many households have been feeling. Despite this shift, we continue to observe more than half of FICO Scores in the U.S. are between 700 – 850, which means Americans have managed their credit well despite the economic downturn.”

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One facet of the report that stands out, according to Bell, is the percentage of consumers with FICO scores in the 300-549 range—nearly 15 percent. This is the lowest the figure has been since 2006. The reason for the reduced figure, Bell notes, is due to many lenders writing off a substantial amount of bad debt.

“Some consumers who had multiple bad debts and delinquencies a few years ago are now able to move on, and their credit scores are starting to move into the 550-699 range,” Bell added.

Source: Credit.com (http://goo.gl/t5Z2d)

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Credit Firm versus Other Credit Repair Services

April 13, 2012 by  
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Many Americans are still grinding through life with Bad Credit.  In fact, over 110 million Americans (50% of the population with credit files) have had their credit file negatively affected by the recent economic crisis according to Business Wire.  So how do you know which Credit Repair company to choose when looking for help in improving your credit report?

Going through life living with bad credit, many Americans struggle repaying high interest loans and making minimum monthly payments on their credit cards, barely covering their interest charges which can be as high as 29.99%.  Paying more money to rent then they would to own because they don’t qualify for a mortgage based on their credit history.

Good credit can save you thousands of dollars by allowing you to qualify for low interest rate mortgages, auto loans, credit cards, and more.  Unfortunately, most people choose to live with bad credit rather than be proactive and make a change to improve their credit.

Choose to be proactive and fix your bad credit, it’s time to get serious about credit repair.  CreditFirm.net has helped thousands of clients qualify for low interest rate mortgages, auto loans, credit cards, and more, by improving their credit scores.  Let CreditFirm.net guide you down the journey toward fixing your bad credit.  We’re not your typical credit repair service.  With 15 years of credit repair experience, we have helped thousands of clients increase credit scores and improve credit reports.  Results and customer satisfaction are of the utmost importance for us, that is why we are always eager to help and answer any questions which you may have.

CreditFirm.net will never ask you to pay for any credit repair services which we have yet to complete.  This is why we offer a FREE Credit Consultation with a qualified credit consultant who will:

Help you obtain your FREE credit report and go over it

  • Explain what is inside your credit report. (both positive and negative)

Explain what a credit score is and how it is calculated

  • Explaining the different types of credit scores and the metrics used in calculating them.

Create a Custom Action Plan

  • A guide for you to follow which will outline the necessary steps in order to improve your credit score.
  • Different Clients have different goals and no 2 situations are exactly alike.  This is why we treat every case on an individual level.  We are not a credit repair factory like many of our competitors, all of our work is custom.

One service level

  • Unlike our competitors, we don’t confuse you with different levels of service offering different credit repair techniques.  We have one service level, we utilize every tool we have and we only have one speed, FAST. We do everything we can, as fast as we can, to help you improve your credit and reach your goals.

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  • We follow the Credit Repair Organization Act (CROA) to the tee.  We do not offer guarantees because the CROA prohibits such practices, but we do promise first-rate service, an attention to detail, and our dedication to improving your credit report and score.

 

We want you to be confident in your credit repair decision and let our results speak for themselves.  This is why our clients enroll in our credit repair service for distinctive monthly servicing periods and pay only for the credit repair services which have already been performed and delivered.

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What is a Credit Score

April 12, 2012 by  
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A credit score is a number which is based on a statistical analysis of a person’s credit file, to represent the creditworthiness of that person.  A credit score is primarily based on credit report information typically sourced from the credit bureaus.  A credit score is primarily based on credit report information, typically from one of the three major credit bureaus: Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax.

Different Types of Credit Scores

Company

Score Type

Score Range

*FICO Fair Isaac Co.

FICO Score*

300-850

Equifax

ScorePower Score

300-850

Experian

PLUS Score

330-830

Experian

Vantage Score

501-990

TransUnion

TransRisk Score

400-925

*FICO has more than one formula for determining a credit score.

*The 3 most common FICO Algorithms are:

  • FairIsaac 2.0 (used by Experian)
  • Beacon 5.0 (used by Equifax)
  • FICO RiskScoreClassic 04 (used by TransUnion).

Don’t let the different credit scores confuse you, they all follow the same basic algorithm in determining your creditworthiness.

 

By improving the factors which are used to calculate the credit score, Credit Firm helps increase your credit score.

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Why do you need a good credit score

Lenders, such as banks and credit card companies, use credit scores to evaluate the potential risk posed by lending money to consumers and to mitigate losses due to bad debt.

Lenders use credit scores to determine who qualifies for a loan, at what interest rate, and what credit limits.

Credit scoring is not limited to banks. Other organizations, such as mobile phone companies, insurance companies, landlords, and government departments employ the same techniques.

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