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1answer
436 views

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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5answers
327 views

Why is a US credit score based on credit utilization?

As a European citizen I am somewhat puzzled by how American credit scores work. The US is one of the few, possibly the only country where such a strong focus is put on the utilization history of ...
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2answers
109 views

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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1answer
100 views

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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3answers
412 views

Do lenders usually do multiple credit inquiries only a month apart?

I am in the process of applying for a home mortgage for the first time and something happened that I found a bit odd. Here's the sequence of events: Before talking to any lenders, I get my credit ...
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2answers
99 views

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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4answers
334 views

Should I pay an erroneous bill in collections if it is a tiny amount?

I have a very small bill amounting to $43. I was billed this amount when a medical services company sent me a product that I did not order. (It was probably ordered on my behalf by a doctor I ...
4
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1answer
272 views

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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3answers
236 views

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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1answer
494 views

How does an eviction affect a guarantor's credit score?

If I am the guarantor for someone (say a child, or a younger sibling), and that person got evicted, under what conditions (if any) does this show up on my credit score/report?
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1answer
90 views

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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0answers
37 views

“Dispute” Credit Report by pointing out debt that they don't show? [duplicate]

I have looked all over and it seems as though whenever anyone suggests disputing inaccurate information on your credit report, they are always referring to removing or changing existing records. ...
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2answers
3k views

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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1answer
350 views

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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2answers
194 views

Do I have to pay interest to increase my credit score?

I am going to ask this oft repeated question one more time because: I have heard many of my friends say that the best way to increase your credit score is to take a loan ( at an interest) and then ...
4
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2answers
148 views

How soon are credit reports available, after opening one's first credit account ?

They say that your credit reports are available after having an open credit account for 6 months. I've had a Citi Forward card for international students for 6 months and a week now, but I still can't ...
9
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3answers
193 views

Are credit monitoring services worth the monthly fee?

Several services offer to monitor your credit - supplying you with an updated credit report every month and your credit score, too. Are they worth the monthly cost ($10-20 is the range I've most ...
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5answers
3k views

Can signing up at optoutprescreen.com improve my credit score?

I recently discovered optoutprescreen.com, the "official Credit Reporting Industry website" for consumers to opt-out of credit offers. A lot of people recommend signing up there, simply to reduce ...
7
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2answers
338 views

My credit score took a massive dip. Why?

I checked my credit score today and it took a massive dip compared to one month ago: Ignore the gray line - it's immaterial. Transunion - Green Experian - Blue Equifax - Red I downloaded the ...
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4answers
3k views

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 ...
3
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2answers
565 views

Transunion is “unable to locate credit report.” Should I be concerned?

I've been reviewing my different credit reports (from Experian, Equifax and Transunion). Equifax spelled my name wrong, and it's not extremely clear that I managed to fix that. But that's not the ...
9
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3answers
246 views

Does getting more credit or credit cards improve your credit score?

I'm reading Ramit Sethi's I Will Teach You To Be Rich, and one of the tips from the first chapter is to apply for more credit card debt. He warns it's only for people like me who carry no credit card ...
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2answers
152 views

Should I look up my credit report or score before applying for a credit card?

Right now I have two Credit Cards, Amex and a Visa through Wells Fargo. I am planning changing over to Chase Freedom card for their 5% cash back. Part of the sign ups, depending your your credit, can ...
8
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1answer
441 views

Effect of going over the credit limit on a credit card to your credit score?

If I have a credit card balance that is over the credit limit, and I don't go under within 30-days, the provider will report the overage to the reporting agencies. If you have generally good credit ...
5
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3answers
978 views

How can I get my incompetent utility company to remove late payments on my credit report?

My FICO score dropped 100 points after my incompetent utility company posted false late payments. It had been 780 prior to the late payments. I have a legitimate case but they are so bureaucratic and ...
3
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3answers
2k views

Adding myself as a co-holder of my parent's credit card will build my credit history?

I have been in the U.S. since 2007 as a student, and only recently realized the importance of buliding my credit history. My belief is that a credit card is the way to start building a credit ...
2
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1answer
334 views

Why is my credit score now being ranked on a scale of 501 to 990?

Over the years, I've run several credit reports on myself inching my way closer to 750 then 800 on a FICO scale. Then, using TrueCredit to analyze my report, as I always have, I suddenly notice I'm ...
5
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3answers
135 views

Is there a way to get a helpful person at a credit agency?

This question applies to anyone with a need to sort out a credit report issue, but I'll give the background in my particular case. My credit is fine with all three agencies, but only one of the three ...
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3answers
768 views

Why is my credit card not showing on my credit report?

I have just got my credit report. All seems fine, but I have noticed that there is no mention of my credit card on the report. I only have one and it is with the same bank current account. I was a ...
6
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2answers
450 views

Does closing a normal bank account affect my credit like closing a credit line?

I have a checking account that I once opened to divide money into different piles. I have since stopped doing that and want to close the checking account. I still have other checking accounts with ...
8
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3answers
276 views

Why Am I Having Such A Hard Time Getting a Credit Report?

I have always heard about evil credit card companies preying on vunerable college students. I find that quite interesting, considering I've found it impossible to get a credit card! Even more ...
9
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4answers
398 views

I am co-renting with others who do not pay rent reliably. Is there a way I can stay without harming my credit rating?

I rent with other adults in a rental property and my name is on the rental agreement with them. I would like to know if I have to move out, or is there a way I can remain and still pay just my fair ...
5
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5answers
333 views

What are good tips for someone starting out to establish good credit history?

When you started out on your own, whether it was moving out of home for the first time or getting that first job what things did you do that helped your credit rating/history?
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6answers
943 views

How can one get their FICO/credit scores for free? (really free)

TV and the web are filled with ads promising to give you a free copy of your credit report. Unfortunately, instead of being wholly free, they are actually free trials, which means: You only get ...
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1answer
182 views

What is the best way to go about cleaning up a poor credit rating?

Is it true that poor decisions you make now can affect you for up to seven years? Can they negatively-affect one beyond then? What are some steps one could take to repair the damage?
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2answers
121 views

What is a FICO score and how is it related to a credit report?

What is a FICO score and how is it related to a credit report?