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Managing your credit reputation

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What is your credit reputation? Your credit report and credit score together make up your credit reputation. As soon as you get a credit card, a phone, or even sign up for utilities, you start building what we call a “credit history,” which includes all your status across accounts, total debts, and your payment history.…

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The 3 things you need to know before you buy a new car

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There are many things to consider before purchasing any car, but buying a new car might spark particular questions. There are pros and cons to buying a new car, just as there are pros and cons to buying used cars.  First off, when purchasing any vehicle, ask yourself “Why am I buying this car?” Is…

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Understanding your debt-to-income ratio

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Have you ever applied for a loan and been told that your debt-to-income ratio was too high? You may have wondered what that meant. Your debt-to-income ratio is the portion of your income that goes to debt payment, and it is a key component of creditworthiness. Lenders consider debt-to-income ratio along with credit score when…

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Boost your savings with certificate laddering

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Even though share certificates (a.k.a known as certificates of deposit or CDs)) won’t get you the highest return on your dollar, they are pretty much guaranteed not to lose you money.  That’s because share certificates are federally insured up to $250,000 per account holder by either the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) or the Federal…

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Mortgage loans for beginners

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Buying a home is a complicated process, and so is obtaining a loan to assist with the purchase. If you are new to the mortgage loan process, read on to understand how it all works. A mortgage loan is simply a loan to purchase your home. They are useful because most people don’t have the…

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