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Can you dispute a negative credit reporting?

I have an above average credit rating and am very responsible with any payments that need to be made. After moving out of my last apartment, I paid all of the rent and never received another bill for ...
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What is the full formula for calculating a FICO 9 credit score?

I'm familiar with the percentage breakdown of how a credit score is calculated. I'm wondering what is the exact formula is that can be used to come up with a point value based on specific input ...
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How to build a U.S. credit history as a worker on a visa?

I am 30 and looking serious at moving to the United States to take a lucrative (career wise) job. Assuming I get the job offer and accept it, how can I go about getting credit in the US? I am from ...
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Can I freeze my credit file with no credit history?

I recently received notice from a major company that my personal information (SSN, DOB, address, etc.) has been compromised. As such, I would like to put a freeze on my credit. However, I have no ...
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What is the best credit card for someone with no credit history

A little background, I've never had a credit card and I'm seriously due for a credit check as I've never had one. I've applied to numerous credit cards and I've been declined every time. I hold a ...
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Should I try to get an old late credit card payment removed?

I have a Capital One credit card that had a "$40 Maximum Delinquency of 30 days in 2011". It was paid after 30 days in 2011 and was a simple mistake from an annual auto renew charge for a website ...
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Will being added as an authorized CC user help or hurt in the short term?

I have a Fico score of 700. My spouse has a Fico score of 780. We are applying for a new home mortgage during the next couple of months. If I get added as an authorized user to one of her credit card ...
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How soon (after your first credit card statement ever) do you get a credit file/history in Canada?

How many days after your first credit card statement EVER does one get a credit report on file with one of the two Canadian bureaus? I'm trying to develop Canadian credit on my first credit card and I ...
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Online resources for understanding credit reports, including a sample?

Could someone provide me sources where I can find some examples of a credit report (in the USA), how it looks like, etc.? I want to understand each and every section of credit report. Any ...
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Paying off debts

My debt got sold off to a 3rd party. Do I get in contact with the original lender to pay the debt off? The other debts were with an ISP I once used. But think it has been classed as default. Found ...
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Looking to get my first credit card

I have no prior credit history. Does anyone know of a credit card company that doesn't require much (if any) deposit money down and has a high approval rate for first time credit card holders?
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Building credit history as a young foreigner

I moved to the US for college, and have decided to stay in the Bay Area. As soon as I found my first internship, I applied for a credit card. Currently, I have 3 credit cards, and the oldest card is ...
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What constitutes “Account Activity” in a debt collection timeline?

Let's say a person has a debt that charged off several years ago. They receive a time boxed, partial amount payoff offer from a Credit Agency that purchased the debt from the original lender. Do they ...
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How to stop old item on my credit report from “refreshing”?

I found out here that bad items on your credit report are supposed to drop off after seven years. I have an unpaid credit card from 5 or 6 years ago that should drop off soon but apparently it was ...
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What are the easier to qualify home loans in Canada?

I have only 6 unpaid things on my credit report. The small things add up to only $17XX.00 but the oldest thing, an unpaid credit card from 5 or 6 years ago, has nearly doubled to $11,000 due to ...
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Mortgage rate shopping - 14 day period

I'm currently in the 14 day period since my credit (all 3) were pulled for a Mortgage Application. A second lender pulled my credit today (still in the 14day period) and surprisingly, the new inquiry ...
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Does not having the full (good) payment history on report negatively affect me?

I've had my credit card since 2006. My credit-report reports the following: Status: Open/Never late. Date Opened: 06/2006 Reported Since: 06/2011 Date of Status: 09/2014 Last Reported: 09/2014 ...
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Should I pay half a large balance this month before I get my CC statement?

I have a CC with $6k limit. I normally spend between $0 and $1k on it and pay the balance in full every month. This month I have $4k on it. If I wait until I get a statement to pay it off, will the ...
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I recently moved to the UK. Should I do something to build a credit history?

As the title says, I recently moved to the UK and obviously I don't have any credit history there but I think it would be a good idea to start building one, especially because sometimes in the (not ...
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Can a company run a credit check on me without my permission?

I understand that sometimes when dealing with companies over the phone or over the counter, they need to run a credit check. I would have thought that as a courtesy they would at least tell you this ...
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Equifax credit report insurance quotations

I have just ordered a credit report from equifax. The credit report shows up all healthy except for a large number of (genuine) 'insurance quotations'. These are car insurance quotations that I have ...
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How long will defect remain in credit history?

I have read this question/answer that suggests that it takes 7 years for items to clear from a credit file. Is this the same in the UK? And in the meantime, if I have late payments showing on my ...
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How do I deal with a clinic billing mistake that was sent to collections?

Recently I created a CreditKarma.com account so that I can keep and eye on my credit. Upon logging in, I noticed I have a pretty low score (not that surprising since I just opened my first credit ...
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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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How can I correct a mistake on my Credit Score?

I recently just looked at my credit score to try to figure out why I may have been rejected for a credit card. While it is not bad (between 700-725) it is not awesome either. When going through an ...
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How to improve the late payment score on credit report

I have a question regarding payment history. I am trying to help a friend improve his credit score. My biggest challenge is that my friend has more than 20% in late payments. My question is how to ...
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Is it a good idea to get a mortgage when buying a house, for credit reasons?

I'm thinking about buying my first house, and I'm wondering whether I should get a mortgage from a bank or not. This is mostly because I've heard that getting a mortgage is critical part of building ...
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How can I have credit cards without having a credit history or credit score?

Is your credit history/score like a criminal record? I mean is it always with you? Also, are there other ways to get credit cards besides with a bank? I want inside my credit score without having a ...
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Why was my credit card just cancelled?

I have had a credit card with Bank of America for many years. I also have a long-standing card with another bank, a Sears card, and a newer card (< 2 years old), for a total of 4 credit card ...
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Myth, or not: If using a secured card to build credit, paying off in part each month has more benefit than paying in full?

Does paying off a secured credit card in full each month not allow me to build a credit history? I'm asking because reading about regular credit cards indicates that paying in full helps build a good ...
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How do I get a debt settlement letter to agencies to erase bad credit details on the three reporting agencies?

I have just settled a debt with a collector and received a settlement letter. They told me they don’t report to creditors. How do I get this information to agencies to erase bad credit details on ...
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Credit Card vs Personal line of Credit

I have a question regarding the effect of opening a Personal line of Credit. I know for a fact that opening a new Credit card reduced the "Average age of credit history". Will a personal line of ...
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Is it advisable to take small planned loans before going for a huge home loan?

The area that I am focusing on is related to get lower interest rate when applying for a house loan 4-5 years down the line. After graduating from school and having a job, the credit score> ...
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Does a balance transfer from a credit card affect our credit score?

If we do balance transfers from our credit card, pay more than the minimum payment within the due date and payoff the entire amount slowly within the specified time-frame, does it improve our credit ...
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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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How long will it take for my credit score to reflect my name having been taken off a mortgage?

As part of divorce settlement (January 2011) my ex was required to remove me from our Mortgage and Home Equity Loan ($600,000). For 23 years we made timely payments, so there was no BAD DEBT - just ...
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If my identity is stolen, is there another way to authenticate identity to the major credit bureaus other than my credit history?

Supposedly, one is able to monitor their credit rating with the three major credit bureaus to prevent/stop identity theft. However, the yearly report can only be viewed by answering questions about ...
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How can I get a home loan within 2 years of bankruptcy?

About 1.5 years ago I had my bankruptcy discharged. Now, the lease on my house is up and I have about $7k for a down payment on a small starter house (they asking $55k) However the 2 places I have ...
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How can I get approved for a store credit card?

How is a person supposed to get approved for a store credit card if they have insufficient credit history? I just received a secured Visa card, but am wondering how long it will take to establish a ...
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How do the personal finances of additional cardholders affect your reputation?

I have excellent credit myself, but I have on my account an additional cardholder (family) whose credit isn't so spectacular. (They only use the card for emergencies and always deposit cash in my ...
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How will making monthly student loan payments before grace period ends affect credit?

I recently graduated with student loan debt, and my grace period will be ending soon. Most of these loans are subsidized, meaning I do not pay interest until the end of my grace period. If I begin ...
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How do I fix my credit score when I have bad things in my credit history?

I am trying to improve my credit score and have been looking for companies to take charge of this effort. But I found them to all be shady at best so I have taken the task upon myself. I have not yet ...
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Credit History from ITIN to SSN

I am an international graduate student on an ITIN (I recieve fellowship and not assistantship so I am not eligible for SSN). I will be changing to a job that allows me to have an SSN next July. Right ...
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Does it make sense to remove old entries from my credit report?

On my credit report, I have a ton of stuff that ended in 2002, 2003, 2004. Theoretically speaking, these items should not be on my credit report due to age. None of these items are negative. ...
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Is NO credit history the same as BAD credit history?

I found the following article which said If you don’t use a card at all, you have no credit history. That’s almost the same as bad credit history. 1) Do they mean the same? 2) If YES, why? ...
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What percentage of your credit card limit should you use [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the optimal ratio of used credit to credit limit for your credit score? Does length of credit history or percent of credit used count for more? I just read ...
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Bank statements - should I retain hardcopies for tax or other official purposes (or keep digital scanned copies)?

Should I retain bank statements hardcopies for tax or other official purposes? Or are scanned digital copies valid in such circumstances? I am a salaried employee with no other income and fairly ...
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How long to wait before refinancing a high interest car loan, after improving credit history?

I had no choice but to finance a car loan at a pretty disgusting rate (14%) thanks to "insufficient credit history" back in the end of September. My credit score was good. Now it's January; I've been ...
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What can I realistically do to raise my credit score?

I have a crappy credit score. My situation in a nutshell: In the divorce, the ex got the home, which was then foreclosed on. My name was still on the mortgage. That was in 2009 or so. I attempted ...
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Why do lenders do a hard pull when they can do a soft pull instead or are these different reports?

After I was done with my month long credit card applications to establish a credit history, I read and discussed more on how to build a good credit history. During my conversations, I spoke with a ...