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Need a loan to buy property in India. What are my options?

I have seen a property in India, and I am planning to buy it. The total cost is $105k, out of which I have $30k of my own. The remaining $75k needs to be financed somehow. I can get a loan in India, ...
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Should my credit report be empty

It seems my credit report is empty. When going to annualcreditreport.com, Experian and Equifax both give me generic errors saying my request can't be completed, and TransUnion gives me a report that ...
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Effect of having a guarentor on one's credit

As I understand it, paying rent on an apartment in the US can positively affect your credit score. But when someone has a guarantor with their lease, is their credit touched at all, or is their paying ...
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Is it bad to have multiple credit cards?

I have 4 credit cards that I use occasionally but pay off the balance every month for the most part. Recently I've been suckered into getting store credit cards (Macy's, Kohl's, etc) because they ...
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What is an Installment Rate Percentage?

I'm looking at a dataset known as German Credit Data, available here: https://archive.ics.uci.edu/ml/datasets/Statlog+(German+Credit+Data) According to the description... "the dataset classifies ...
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Can credit card be used as a debit card by making payments into credit card before even using it?

I am planning to use Halifax clarity credit card abroad when I travel to Europe. The credit card offers good rates while using abroad with no transaction charge or non sterling transaction charge ...
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Applying for a mortgage with multiple lendors in a 2 week period

I've just submitted an online application with a lender for a new home mortgage. I know that this lender pulls all of the 3 reports (EQ, EX, TU) and not FICO. Wondering if I shop around and also ...
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Received a call to collect on a 17 year old, charged off debt. What do I do?

I have received multiple calls from a finance company about an account balance on a credit card that was charged off in 1997 and then the company decided to ask me to pay for this account in 2012. I ...
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What to do about infrequent false credit judement?

Over the last couple of years I have infrequently had a false credit judgement held against me. Over a year ago I attempted to get a Car loan through a bank and they wouldn not give me the loan due ...
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Am I using my credit card wrong?

For the last five years I've had a baby Visa card ($500 limit) that I've paid off religiously; I haven't paid a cent of interest and I plan to keep it that way. To build credit (and to get a cash ...
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How often do I get an auto credit limit increase? [closed]

This question has always crossed my mind since my credit limit increases have been very sporadic. I have never asked for a credit limit increase but I always end up getting one somehow and I wonder ...
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Is it impossible to get a home loan with a poor credit history after a divorce?

I am a very recently divorced single mom. I own my small farm which we cannot live at due to my ex-husband's continued harassment. I have the farm for sale but so far all interested parties want/need ...
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How much will 3 hard inquiries effect my credit score?

I recently started to build credit, I applied for a CapitalOne card and got approved, about a month earlier I saw the option for Bill-me-Later on eBay, so I had checked if I was eligible, but I ...
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Old Cancelled Cards

I was living abroad during the credit crisis, and a few of my credit cards were cancelled for non-use during the crunch to tighten credit. As a result, I have one older account and several newer ...
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Why is salary a credit if money comes in?

I am new to keeping accounts. Today I learned that debit is what comes in credit what goes out Then how can we say that salary gets credited when the money comes in?
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Getting new credit card during home loan application

I'll start by saying I know I made a really bone headed move. In excitement for our new home, I bought a new lawn mower and signed up for the store credit card to save 10%. We are still in ...
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How to use credit card (Barclaycard UK) merely to build the credit history? [duplicate]

My aim is to buy house in three years time So I started searching for the ways I can get mortgage for the house. I found out that I need good credit score to get mortgage along with other things such ...
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What loan options are there for minors? [duplicate]

I'm not yet 18, but I have been studying business for quite a while, paper trading, investments, etc. at this point, I'd like to try my hand at building some credit and making some money, but I am ...
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I am under 18 years old, in the US, my parents have terrible credit, how can I take out a loan?

I am under 18, currently shopping for a car. Like many people, I don't have enough money sitting in my bank account to purchase a good car, around $6,000 to $10,000. However, credit checks have ...
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How can I take out a loan to repay my parents for school debt?

Background I am in the US. I got into a great school for undergrad that was expensive. My parents hadn't prepared for this and borrowed against their home equity to help pay for it. The amount of ...
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few question about debit credit and liabilities [closed]

i have few question about accounting terms, please help me to figure it out these term and debit and credit flow to our company account. 1) i sold 500$ cost products on account, buyer will pay me in ...
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Do Credit card companies only process your transactions or pay for them?

Or do they actually pay for your transactions using money they've borrowed from the issuing bank ? ie, is the bank lending the credit card holder the money or is the bank lending money to the credit ...
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How bad is it to have a lot of credit available but not used?

I had a very financially astute reason for getting my first credit card: it was freshman orientation day at college, and one of the banks was giving away free t-shirts to new credit card customers. ...
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I am turning 18 and I am a Student, I need strategies on building great credit soon. Where should I start?

I am High School student in the top ten percentile and I am turning 18 in a few months. I need strategies on how to build and maintain a great credit score quickly. I have had the same job for over a ...
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Does being added as an authorized user help credit score?

My wife and I both filed bankruptcy 15 months ago, and are slowly getting our credit back. We both got a credit card from Capital One. Does adding each other to the other's card as an authorized ...
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What can I do to rebuild credit and get out of financial trouble?

My wife and I are in some financial trouble. We are in our early 30s and our credit is terrible. We both have student loans, we have old credit card debt (though we have no current credit cards). ...
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Personal Line of Credit and Credit Utilization rate

Let's say I have a Personal Line of Credit for 20,000. If I use 80% of it, will it have the same effect (on Credit Scores) as that of a Credit Card with 80% utilization?
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How will the New credit reporting rules affect people who are already struggling financially?

With the new credit reporting rules in place in Australia and the implications of having a black mark against your file for just being 5 days late in making a payment, whether it be credit card or ...
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Can I claim a dependent care credit for a dependent autistic adult?

I am preparing 2013 tax return forms. Here is the thing: I took the kid to autism therapy several times, and a related conference. I also took the kid to an autism training organization and paid the ...
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Effect of early pay off and using again for credit card

I'm using below 30% of available credit and paying off all amount early. What will happen if I use some amount lets say again below 30% and pay it off again before the due date. Does it considered as ...
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What risks am I taking if my well-off close friend is asking to use my credit to flip a property?

I have very good credit that I've worked hard to obtain. My friend has flipped a few properties and made some good money doing so. He wants to pay me a fee along with any taxes I'll endure if I put a ...
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Lending money to a friend, can I get it back?

I had a friend who was in school and I was always paying for his things. They went from small things such as meals at McDonald's to concert tickets and tickets for haunted houses. We ended up dating, ...
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Do I need to repay back my line of credit in the form of monthly payments?

When I take a line of credit, do I start making monthly payments, like with a mortgage? Or do I make a lump sum (principal + interest) payment at the end of the term of the line of credit? Or is there ...
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Does paying off a car loan increase or reduce a persons credit score?

I know that closing credit card accounts reduces the number of open credit lines, and paying off a car loan would also reduce the number of credit lines. I have had the car loan for over 3 years, it ...
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How important are records of fraudulent applications?

How important is it to try to get copies of the fraudulent applications/materials used by the thieves? This appears to be a consumer right according to the FTC, but the companies seem not to want to ...
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Any reason to be cautious of giving personal info to corporate fraud departments?

Given that someone is a victim of identity theft, I'm wondering if fraud departments of companies where identity thefts occurred should still be considered totally trustworthy, as in send them what ...
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A friend is trying to buy a house & needs cash quickly. Which option is better: cash advance, balance transfer, or what? [closed]

It's an emergency cash need for a friend. I was trying to analyze based on the various options what is the best way to go about this. Friend needs to arrange funds in a week. Please compare based on ...
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What is the best way to fix my credit?

My credit has been really poor for a lot of years. I really want to be able to have better credit but everything I do does not help. Can anyone give me any insight on how to fix it up?
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How does Bill Me Later check a person's credit using DOB and Last four SSN digits?

Currently, I'm looking to open Bill Me Later account. I notice that it only asks Date of Birth and last 4 digits of SSN. According to this website, The first three digits are based on the state ...
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As a Canadian citizen working in US, can I claim my Canadian university tuition tax credit in US?

I'm a Canadian citizen and started working in US on TN visa since November 2013. I have a fairly large amount of tuition credits from my graduate studies in Canada. Now, that I have my first job ...
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Is it to my advantage to refinance with an LPMI option (Lender-Paid Mortgage Insurance)?

My fiance and I bought a house in April 2013 using a FHA loan, 30-year fixed. We only had to put down 3.5% so of course a good bit of our monthly payment is PMI. I got a call today from the same ...
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How can a UK citizen recently living in the U.S. establish a U.S. credit rating?

I am a UK citizen who has been living in US for the last year. About 6 months ago (although maybe less) I got a Social Security Number for the first time. I have been renting an apartment under my ...
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Why hasn't public key encryption or one time password been introduced to battle online card fraud?

With all the identity theft and card fraud in the world. Even though some One time password measures have been put in place in the banking system where the cardholder verifies the transaction with a ...
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Opening American credit cards while residing in the UK

In order to introduce the context of the question, I am a UK citizen with a good credit rating and no debts who currently resides in the UK, and do not currently own property in the US. In reference ...
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Is the age of my parents' credit card helping my credit more than the balance is hurting it?

I am listed on one of my parents' credit cards with an account age of 37 years. I am 28. This makes my credit history very very old — 37 years old — and significantly older than my oldest credit card. ...
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What happens to my credit history if I pay before my credit card bill is generated?

I've read that keeping one's credit card utilization below 20% improves your credit score. If for some reason I have an expense that is greater than 50% of the credit limit and I pay by credit card, ...
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Do credit checks by mortgage companies affect my credit score?

My wife and I are applying for a mortgage and I have been using a median score that I had run in April of this year. We are getting ready to lock in our rate, but speaking with one of the mortgage ...
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What is a reasonable credit limit?

Given my existing credit score and annual income, how do I calculate what a reasonable credit limit for me should be? I'm really looking for an order-of-magnitude estimate. e.g. should it be 40% of ...
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No Late Fee Credit Cards - What is the gotcha?

For weeks now I've been seeing ads for the Citi Simplicity card and Discover IT Card all over (be it on the NYC subways, TV, magazines, etc.) which boast a couple of features but I'm very curious ...
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Does a cash advance hurt your credit or (official) reputation in any way?

Does a cash advance hurt your credit or (official) reputation in any way? Does it appear in records at all, and would it be frowned upon if it did? What if the cash advance were taken at a casino? ...