A new study shows just how much a missed mortgage payment, a short sale, and other credit sins affect a FICO score and how long it takes to bounce back.
Some lenders would like you to think that not paying off your balance each month is better for your credit rating.
Many credit scores are being marketed to consumers, but which scores are the ones that lenders look at?
Credit and charge cards that have no preset spending limit aren't really a license to charge as much as you'd like, and they can damage your credit score.
The use of credit doesn't deserve the bad rap it's gotten in recent years.
This is good news for renters who dream of owning their own home.
One benefit of the financial crisis is that people have become more knowledgeable about credit reports and credit scores. But some false beliefs persist.
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