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It’s always helpful to have good credit when buying real estate and important to check your credit report before making that big purchase. But in researching your credit, there are three scores you have to look at: numbers from Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. These are the three credit reporting agencies responsible for updating your credit scores. However, you may occasionally notice the three scores are different or are not up-to-date. This can affect future financial endeavors you may want to make, like applying for a first mortgage loan. As it turns out, your score is dependent on how creditors report (2 comments)
credit: Race Against the Clock With Mortgage Interest Rate Shopping - 10/18/12 02:44 PM
With mortgage interest rates reaching all-time lows, many of your clients are probably searching for the best deals, either on a new mortgage or a refinance. Great deals are definitely out there for the picking, but too much comparison shopping can be a bad thing. Did you know if you have too many inquiries on your credit report, that can lower your credit score? Good news -- All credit inquiries for a mortgage, refinance, or a car loan will count as ONE inquiry on your credit report. Encourage your clients to shop around for a the best deal, but help them (0 comments)
credit: New Equifax Enspanol - 06/06/12 09:55 AM
Equifax has just launched its new website for its Hispanic and Spanish speaking customers. “Hispanic buying power in the United States is increasing significantly every year, and these consumers must understand and have access to credit to purchase homes, cars and other significant items,” said Equifax Personal Solutions president Trey Loughran. The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals reported that 34 percent of Hispanics plan to buy homes in the next 3 years. And according to Ernie Reyes, co-founder of NAHREP, “Latinos do not believe in renting. They believe in owning,” said Reyes. “If our community was given half the (0 comments)
It is hard to decipher what is happening with the U.S. economy. Reports of an improving economic climate are met with reports of a dismal one. Janet Dedrick, Equifax Analytical Services Strategic Consultant, says there are four important benchmarks that may help determine if the U.S. economy is experiencing recovery. 1. Credit Scores 2. New Credit 3. Consumer Debt Repayment 4. Outstanding Credit Balances Dedrick says debt repayment is one of the most positive benchmarks that suggest the economy is improving. “We’ve now moved past the highest levels of missed payments and late payments. Early-stage delinquency (defined as 30 days (2 comments)
Improving your credit score is an essential way to gain greater financial options and more favorable credit offers from lenders. However, achieving a high credit score is not an instant fix, but that does not mean that you cannot take steps to gradually improve it. Today’s Equifax Finance Blog written by Equifax Experts gives a “Top Ten” list of strategies to improve your credit score. Tip 5: Know your FICO credit score. You are allowed one free credit report per year from one of the three major credit bureaus, so inform yourself about what these numbers mean. Tip 4: Check (0 comments)
credit: How Can I Build Credit In Order To Buy A Home? - 06/20/11 04:47 PM
Lots of future homeowners worry that their credit scores are too low to qualify them for a good mortgage. But what if you have no credit at all? A reader recently asked debt author David Bach what she can do to establish credit, as she has never owned a credit card but wants to buy a home in the next few years. Sadly, the potential home owner was denied three times for credit cards. Do she and her husband have any options for establishing credit? You can read David Bach's answer in his full blog post on building credit in order to buy (0 comments)
credit: Do Credit Worries Keep You Up At Night? - 05/16/11 08:11 PM
U.S. bank credit card delinquencies have fallen to their lowest levels in ten years, according to a recent report from the American Bankers Assocation. It seems that despite the tough economy, Americans are learning that having credit, and managing it wisely, is a financial behavior that has lots of rewards. On today's Equifax personal finance blog, Loretta Worters of the Insurance Information Institute explains how having and maintaining good credit not only has financial benefits, but can also help you sleep soundly at night. Besides peace of mind, Worters writes that good credit can also help you when applying for a job, buying (1 comments)
credit: Spring-Cleaning Your Debt With David Bach - 04/18/11 12:59 PM
Spring cleaning isn't just for your home. Now that tax season is over, it's a good time to re-evaluate and tidy up your personal finances. Author David Bach is an expert on personal finance with over 15 years experience helping people live debt free. He chatted with readers recently to listen to their questions about debt, saving money, and paying off bills. If you're trying to "spring clean" your finances, you might benefit from some of his answers on today's Equifax personal finance blog.To read David's answers to questions like "Should I save money or pay off my student loans?", "Is (1 comments)
credit: Have We Reached The Tipping Point? - 03/14/11 09:54 AM
Every recession has its "tipping point." So, are we there yet? According to credit expert Janet Dedrick, consumers generally have less outstanding debt now than they did in 2008, which is good news. But the Catch-22 of debt is that it actually grows the economy until a certain level. Dedrick says we've reached that tipping point now. While it may seem like the worst levels of consumer debt are behind us, Dedrick still sees credit challenges for consumers, and especially home buyers. Payment stress is high for prime mortgage borrowers, not just subprime borrowers, and there is unprecedented payment stress on (1 comments)
credit: Credit Patterns Show Signs for Improvement in 2011 - 02/07/11 12:47 PM
Wouldn't it be nice to hear some positive economic news? I was happy to see this post on Equifax's credit blog today about positive signs from the 2011 credit market. Their credit experts see an upturn in the health of credit markets in the new year. Why? They say lenders have scrubbed their portfolios of bad loans, and borrowers have cleared their portfolios of loans that might have soured.Secondly, originations are up almost everywhere. Even the unthinkable is happening, as the number of home equity lines was higher year-over-year in October 2010—a first since 2006, when they started tracking originations. New auto (2 comments)
credit: Credit Recovery in 2011: 10 Things to Watch for in Credit Market Trends - 01/17/11 10:52 AM
With the nature of this recession and its wide-reaching impact, I’ll be looking out for several things in 2011. Myself and the team of credit experts at Equifax have compiled a Top 10 list of the economic indicators that we'll have our eyes on in this coming year. 1. Changes in financial behavior2. Consumers' adaptability3. Consumers' state of mind 4. Credit originations (specifically sub-prime ones)5. New credit use6. Cautious consumer spending7. Return of consumer spending8. Consumer confidence9. Credit card usage10. Lines of creditWhat do you think of our list? What factors would be on your list of economic indicators to watch? If (2 comments)
credit: Why Are Your Credit Scores Different? - 01/03/11 12:34 PM
Your credit score is one of the most important numbers in your financial life. But did you know that your credit score can vary on a daily basis? If you pulled your credit report from more than one agency, you may not see the same score. Before you start to worry, check to make sure that your personal information is accurate, and then rest assured that there are a number of factors that could cause the difference in scores. The credit team at Equifax has put together a great explanation of why your score could look different on multiple reports. Depending on what (4 comments)
credit: 2010 End of Year Credit Trends - 12/20/10 11:40 AM
We’re approaching the end of the year, and the big topic in credit trends seems to be delinquency rates. These rates, which measure loan nonpayment levels, were increasing in 2009 and had not peaked, while today they are no longer at historic highs and are declining. Even mortgage delinquencies are declining:Select Delinquency Rates From Oct 2009 Oct 2010 Mortgage 7.76% 7.17% [8% decline] HELOC 3.39% 3.05% [10% decline]Card 4.58% 3.50% [24% decline]Auto 1.21% 0.92% [24% decline]However, it is still tough out there, given the last few years of recession and the nascent recovery. Mortgage and HELOC delinquencies are still at levels (1 comments)
credit: How To Protect Yourself From Credit-Repair Scams - 11/15/10 09:39 AM
If you’re drowning in debt, you might be tempted to partner with a debt-relief service or a credit-repair company to help you pay down your debt. In recent years, some companies have preyed on consumers’ financial insecurities, prompting the federal government to get involved by passing new laws regulating the industry.New Federal Trade Commission regulations require that these companies be clearer with customers about what they can do, how long it will take, and how much the customer may or may not save. The FTC regulations also make it illegal for such companies to charge a fee before they are successful (0 comments)
credit: Can Equifax Decline My Credit Application? - 08/09/10 02:35 PM
Equifax Expert Janet Dedrick explains Equifax's role in the credit approval process and gives a step-by-step break down of the process. Sometimes we talk to consumers who think that Equifax has declined their credit. No matter how many times we hear people say it, the answer is No! The idea that Equifax and the other credit-reporting agencies can decline your credit is a big MYTH!. The credit-reporting agencies are a part of the credit application process, but a credit-reporting agency cannot grant or deny you credit. But because so many people call to ask this question, I thought it might help (0 comments)
credit: How is Information Updated on My Credit Report? - 08/09/10 01:30 PM
Equifax expert Robin Holland explains where the information in your credit report comes from and why it can change. Ever wonder how the information about your identity and financial history ends up on your credit report? It can be an incredibly detailed report-where does all that information come from? The credit-reporting agencies aren't watching over your shoulder, having a private eye get the dirt on you, or paying anyone for your records. Your credit report contains information from the companies that have granted you credit in the past and those with whom you have open accounts. Credit-reporting agencies get their (0 comments)
credit: Super-Prime Consumers Tap into the Available Loans - 08/02/10 01:57 PM
When the recession began, people pointed their fingers at the sub-prime, but now- with some signs of recovery- we are looking to the super-prime. Super-prime consumers are those who have all of the extra qualifications that loan agencies are now looking for, and- not surprisingly- they are the ones getting the loans or credit. http://credit.equifax.com/2010/08/credit-trends-super-prime-consumers-tap.html (0 comments)
credit: You Get the House in the Divorce, But It's in Trouble...Now What? - 07/30/10 01:05 PM
Short Sale or Foreclosure After Divorce Will Severely Hurt Your Credit Dividing up debts, keepsakes and housing can be the hardest part of a divorce, but a short sale or foreclosure is not an easy solution. While a short sale or foreclosure after divorce can severely hurt your credit, you might be better off with a short sale or foreclosure rather than a bankruptcy. A good real estate attorney can help you make that financial decision and lessen the impact of a short sale or foreclosure on your credit after a divorce. Q: My daughter is getting a divorce. She is (1 comments)
If you go only by the news over the last few years, you might get the idea that the financial world is still melting down. Foreclosures on every block, people losing their jobs and not being able to find new ones or pay their bills. And banks are the big bad guys, right? My credit trend reports show a different picture. You might think that consumer debt is skyrocketing, but it's actually the opposite. Outstanding debt is contracting. If we're seeing all these negative financial stories in the media, why is debt contracting? I'm looking at two causes: 1) Consumers (2 comments)
Here's today's helpful credit advice from Equifax Expert Diane Moogalian of the Equifax Personal Finance Blog: I hear from people all the time who are concerned about the preapproved credit offers they get in the mail. They want to know who is looking at their credit and how companies are accessing their information. They're worried about mail fraud and someone committing identity theft after swiping their mail. All valid concerns, but these prescreened or preapproved credit offers exist for a reason. Some consumers really do want to be marketed to, and they want to see all the best deals and (0 comments)
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