What is not in a Credit Score

Ever wonder what information is not allowed to be used in calculating your credit score?  Federal laws including the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Consumer Credit Protection Act prohibit certain things from being factored into credit scores. Such things include: Race, color, religion, national origin, sex and marital status. United States law prohibits credit scoring […]

Collections: How to validate that it’s yours

You get a copy of your credit report and you find a collection, however you do not know anything about it…..what do you do? Ask for a Validation Notice.   A debt collector must send you a validation notice within five days that explains how much you owe and to whom you owe the debt.  When […]

How are credit scores created?

Credit scores are based on a consumer’s credit record maintained by the credit reporting agencies. Computers are used to analyze a person’s credit report data in order to generate a statistical number, referred to as a credit score. This number is used as an indicator to the likelihood a person will pay the loan back. When […]

InfoGraphic: The Mortgage Process

    Karen Jones is a Licensed Mortgage Loan Officer (NMLS 307015) serving Arizona and California.   As a Banker of over 39 years, she is dedicated in ensuring that her clients are well educated and prepared for their new home purchase.  

Am I Responsible For My Spouses Debt If I Get Divorced?

If your name is on a loan as a borrower or co-signer you’re responsible for the debt. Even if you’ve divorced and your former spouse agreed to handle the debt, your credit is on the line. This also is true even if the debt is supposed to be your spouses responsibility under the divorce decree. […]

Statute of Limitations and Fair Credit Reporting Act

    A lot of people get the statute of limitations confused with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) credit reporting time.  While they’re both time limits related to debt, they have different effects. The statute of limitations for collecting a debt is the period of time that a creditor or collector can obtain a […]

July 1st, 2017 Update for IRS Liens and Judgements

Many tax liens and civil judgments soon will be removed from people’s credit reports, the latest in a series of moves to omit negative information from these financial scorecards. The development could help boost credit scores for millions of consumers, but many say could pose risks for lenders. The three major credit-reporting firms — Equifax, […]

Removing Credit Disputes From A Credit Report

Home Loans and Creditor Disputes on a Credit Report, don’t go hand-in-hand.  And the reason for that is this: When a consumer disputes a debt from a creditor, then that debt is removed from the analyzation of a credit score when their credit report is ran.  Therefore, in order to obtain an accurate credit score, […]

Eight surprising ways to raise your credit score

Thank you to Sal Bonanno for his insightful article in regards to improving your credit score.   Sal Bonanno National Account Manager | First Premier Credit Repair Main: 855.278.3578 Boosting your credit score from merely good to great will give you access to the best offers and best rates on nearly everything. Here are some time-tested ways […]

How to Remove an IRS Tax Lien From Your Credit Report

Since it is tax season, I thought I would give you this little known tip for deleting IRS tax liens from a credit report. In February of 2011 The IRS passed a rule that if you have $25,000 or less in Federal Tax Liens and you have a payment plan approved or they are paid, […]

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