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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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What is too much credit utilization on credit card?

Is credit utilization looked by card or total credit? Say I have three credit cards with the following utilizations: Card A Limit: $30000 Balance: $25000 Utilization: 83% Card B Limit: $20000 ...
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How does a FICO score start out?

Right now I have 0 credit since I've never had a credit card before, I recently applied for a credit card and got approved so I can start building my credit. I hear that 500-600 is considered very ...
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Credit score getting lower - but I'm doing everything right?

My credit score has dropped considerably in the past year from ~700 - ~600. This is my first credit card so far, and have only used mainly debit in the past. Thing is, I'm not sure why it's ...
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Effect of debt utilization on FICO score: is it overall, or individual?

I am currently at 42% utilization in overall revolving, credit card debt between three cards. My total credit lines equal $27K. I am looking to buy a house by the end of the year and I am working hard ...
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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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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 ...
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First Time Home Buyers - Down Payment, PMI and Points

My wife and I are looking to buy our first home in the next couple months and wanted to get an idea of what we are looking at. Right now we have about 80k saved up and want to put 10% down on a home ...
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Should you spread credit utilization across multiple cards to improve FICO score?

Just wondering whether I should apply for a credit limit increase, or a new card that I'll never use. I have one card with good rewards that I use regularly, always pay in full and only spend what I ...
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What is the source of this blog post about maximum credit scores?

So I'm reading up on credit scoring, and I came across this posting: The maximum score held by a U.S consumer is…834. There are consumers in New York, Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania who ...
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Is 0% credit card utilization worse than 1-20% credit card utilization for any reason other than pure statistics?

Much of the information I stumbled accross (including a short article written by an esteemed member of this site) around the internet indicates that having a credit card utilization of 0% is a ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How can I find a good credit score monitoring service that includes alerts when the credit score changes?

I recently found the below image in my notes, though I don't know the source so it is outdated. How can I find a good credit monitoring service at a reasonable cost? I need a feature that will send ...
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Applying for and receiving business credit

I have a friend who has started up his own business. Right now it's a one man operation. The problem is, as most businesses, he needs access to capital in order to purchase equipment for ...
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Will replacing a credit card with a better one hurt my FICO score?

I have a credit card from 1st Financial Bank. I got it when I was 18 years old, and have kept up with it 100%. After the recent US legislation on credit cards, they have started hiking various fees. ...
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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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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?