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  1. Excellent article on how to raise your credit score, and the major components affecting your score. How to Raise Your Credit Score, Fast
  2. OK, so I've been trying to clean up and rebuild my credit and while I'm working on DV and disputes, I get a secured credit card for $500. Thinking that I will have time to pay it off before it reports, I used $275 of it already (have had it less than a month). I got a notification from experian yesterday that stated my score dropped 23 points and the only change was this credit card was added (all info on both experian and equifax reported identical). The experian score monitoring is through the experian website, the equifax is the score watch through myfico. Today I get a notification from Score watch that my equifax jumped UP 55 (from 466 to 521) and the only change is this card which was reported EXACTLY the same way it was to Experian. So now that I know what day they report to the Bureaus (no info yet on TU), If I pay it down to about 8% do you think it will go up even more? The FICO simulator had shown that my score would go up to about 506 if I got a new credit card with a limit of $500, but (I know, it's just a simulator) it went to 521.
  3. 9 questions about credit scores you were too embarrassed to ask Imagine trying to lose a few pounds without ever stepping on the scale or trying to cut your cholesterol without ever getting it checked. Tens of millions of Americans are taking a similarly blind approach to their money. Everyone wants their finances to be in good shape, but less than half of all Americans even know their credit score. That's not good — a bad credit score can mean a high-interest loan that costs you thousands and thousands of dollars over the course of a lifetime. But it's not just laziness. Private companies own the math behind calculating credit scores, so often you can't get your score without paying for it (and there's no way you can calculate it on your own). The scoring system doesn't always make sense, either — even seemingly responsible decisions can dock your score. To learn more, read our nine questions about what goes into a credit score. Full article:
  4. I defaulted on a student loan held by Texas Guaranty. Their website offers a rehabilitation program to improve my credit. However, I see from my credit report that the loan was sold to the Regional Adjustment Bureau about nine months ago. Will paying down the loan now that it is with RAB improve my credit score, or do I simply need to wait 7 years for this to fall off my report?
  5. Interesting article about the dropping jumbo mortgage rates. Article credit: Credit Card Builders - Anyone who routinely pays relatively close attention to mortgage rates is aware that they’re on the rise these days. But what you might not know is what is going on with some specific rates. Jumbo rates (rates for a loan of more than $417,000) have come down significantly – to the point where they are nearly the same as a conventional rate (those $417,000 and under). In fact, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association, a 30-year conventional mortgage rate in mid-August was 4.56%; meanwhile, the average Jumbo loan was an almost-identical 4.57%. So what event led to these numbers becoming so similar? Basically, it is a perfect storm of several things. First, because underwriting became more stringent, the loans given out became higher quality loans – thereby increasing demand for them. Second, non-agency jumbo lenders began to throw their hat into the ring. Third, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (which are involved in about two-thirds of all conventional loans) have nearly doubled the “guarantee fees” they charge to protect themselves against potential default, since they’re on the hook if a borrower defaults. Finally, many jumbo mortgages are being done by banks who are holding onto them and keeping them in their own portfolios. Why? Because the interest paid on consumer deposits in banks is still low enough that a lender can still make a tidy profit. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s decision to raise these fees is making it possible for private individuals and companies to become lenders. Ironically, this has been done intentionally. Not only do the fees protect Fannie and Freddie, the result is that they purposely reduce the industry’s dependence on them – and by doing so, it helps encourage private investment at the same time; a win-win. Meanwhile, the more high-risk loans will still be absorbed by Fannie and Freddie.
  6. hello, im new here because i want to be in a position to obtain a mortgage in a few months. i have one account in collections (for which i have a thread on here asking about pfd) besides that, my credit (for the last 7 years or so) is prettry good. i have four credit cards, only one of which i was ever late on and one loan i took out almost a month ago for about $1200. my credit cards total bal/max is about $1100/$1400. I read different things about what you're supposed to do with credit cards a couple months before you plan to apply for a mortgage. some say pay them all off completely. others say get them all down to around 25%. others still say pay some off completely, but still carry a light balance on the others. I know having them all near max as they are now is no good, i just got a half-way decent job so im going to fix that, i just dont know if im better off actually leaving some balance on them, also i have a "buy it now" account, a revolving credit line advertised by ebay, ($300/$500), is this in the same boat as the credit cards? also this loan i took out, its setup for 10 monthly payments of about $140. should i pay off a little more than that? or should i try to get it completely paid off before i even think about applying for a mortgage? my fico is currently at a 641, i guess not too bad since i got my cards near maxed. unfortunately I dont think that score is recent enough to reflect that loan i took out. (i get one around the 15th of every month) I'm not even sure if this loan is even reported. its from a company called tower loans, they sent me a "pre-approved" slip in the mail, but unlike most "pre-approved" offers, it really was. I called before i went there and asked "no credit check"-->"nope" "no income verification?"--> "nope" and since i didnt have enough to pay my rent which was due about a week afterwards, i gladly accepted it. I'll have to ask when i go to pay on it, whether or not it is reported to the credit bureaus. anyway im just wondering whats the right thing to do with my credit cards and this installment loan before talking to a lender about a mortgage, and sorry to use a thread title thats probally been used about 100 times on here.