Owning a Home Makes Sense

  The American Dream of homeownership is alive and well. Recent reports show that the US homeownership rate has rebounded from recent lows and is headed in the right direction. The personal reasons to own differ for each buyer, but there are many basic similarities. Today we want to talk about the top 5 financial reasons you should own […]

Why Is There So Much Paperwork to Sign to Get a Mortgage?

We are often asked why there is so much paperwork mandated by the lenders for a mortgage loan application when buying a home today. It seems that the lender needs to know everything about the borrower and requires separate sources to validate each and every entry on the application form. Many buyers are being told by friends and family that the […]

No… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy

The Aspiring Home Buyers Profile from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) found that the American public is still somewhat confused about what is required to qualify for a home mortgage loan in today’s housing market. The results of the survey show that non-homeowners cite the main reason for not currently owning a home, as not being able to […]

How to Get a Judgment off Your Credit Report

Here is some great information from one of my Strategic Partners in the Credit Repair Industry.  This article has been reprinted with permission. Sal Bonanno | Regional Account Manager | Prime National, Inc. Main: 855.278.3578  |  Direct: 646.283.2783 It happens to the best of us, you let an old debt get too far. No longer merely a collection, […]

Equifax Data Breach- How Does it Affect You?

Consumers today are still reacting from the massive data breach announced by Equifax in September that affected over 143 million Americans. Many turned to freezing their credit from the major bureaus after the news hit to protect themselves. When one freezes their credit, it’ll block anyone, including yourself, from making new credit and accounts in […]

What is Synthetic ID Theft?

  A special type of ID theft exists called “Synthetic ID Theft” that takes advantage of the bureau’s matching system that is used to associate data with the individual consumer. With synthetic ID theft a thief mixes fake information with real or partially real information from an unsuspecting victim. This often results in a new […]

Should I Buy a Home Now? Or Wait Until Next Year? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: The Cost of Waiting to Buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time. Freddie Mac predicts interest rates to rise to 4.4% by next year. CoreLogic predicts home prices to appreciate by 5.0% over the next […]

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 […]

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