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How is my credit score impacted by paying a charge off?

It is much easier to get paid charge-offs removed than unpaid charge-offs. There is no incentive for the creditor to fight the dispute, since they already have their money. So if you dispute the charge-off, the credit bureaus will send a verification request to the creditor. Most often the creditor will ignore the verification request. After 30 days with no response from the creditor, the credit bureaus will remove the charge-off form your credit bureau. Continue reading How is my credit score impacted by paying a charge off?

What is a CLUE Report and how could it impact my mortgage?

What Is A CLUE Report?

Most of us are familiar with CarFax.  We see the commercials all the time with the Fox puppet following the prospective car buyer around warning the buyer not to purchase the car before purchasing a detailed report on the vehicle.  Believe it or not, there is a similar system that insurance carriers use for buildings, homes and the people that insure them.

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Fixing Credit Report Errors in 3 Easy Steps

Fico Score Improvement

Credit Repair Companies, even the good ones (and I say that very generously) remind me of a quote from one of my all time favorite private dick movies “the Two Jakes”. In the opening scenes Jake finds himself at the top of the heap, professionally speaking, the “leper with the most fingers.” This is how I feel about credit repair companies, even the good ones are just one finger away from being fingerless.

Deep Fried Turkey Safety Tips

Char-Broil Easy Turkey Fryer

It’s hard to believe that it’s already that time of the year already.  However given that I waited until Veterans Day to winterize my boat should make it is obvious that I have been attempting  to deny the holiday season is already here but to deny it at this stage would be cause for a thorough head examination!

If you live in North Carolina your plans for Thanksgiving Day celebrations might invariably include the fine Southern tradition of Deep Fried Turkey. So when I got the email from my local U-Haul dealer thanking me for being a “loyal U-Haul customer this year” and the subject read “Oil-Less Propane Turkey Fryers at U-Haul for Thanksgivng” (typo included) it got me thinking about a conversation I had last year with my friend Don Fuller who happens to be my North Carolina Farm Bureau Agent. Continue reading Deep Fried Turkey Safety Tips

How to Get Truly Free Credit Reports For Life

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How to Get a Free Copy of My Credit Report

Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act  (FACTA ) was a law passed by the US Congress in 2004. This act allows consumers to request and obtain a free credit report once every twelve months from each of the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). Continue reading How to Get Truly Free Credit Reports For Life

What is Single Interest Insurance? {Force Placed Insurance}

Single Interest Insurance is an Insurance policy for lenders or lessors to protect their security interest in stated property (e.g. cars and homes) in the event of customer default. These polciies are also known by the more common term: Force Placed Insurance. Continue reading What is Single Interest Insurance? {Force Placed Insurance}

Fannie Mae Introduces new Short Sale Tool

Buying a home is one of the most exciting and scary times in a person’s life but it is also very complicated. There are a number of parties to this transaction and they read like a movie credit in order of appearance:

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