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Equifax Hack- Are You In Danger?

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 9/11/17 7:00 AM

Equifax Hack- Are you in danger?

I’m guessing that many of you have heard about the Equifax hack. According to abc news, it left 143 million Americans’ identities exposed. Sadly, this is not something that we can see coming, there is no evidence that your identity has been stolen and is being used by someone until it is too late.  The information stolen by these hackers includes; names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and even driver’s license numbers. “These credit bureaus keep so much data about us that it affects almost everything we do”, says Gartner security analyst Avivah Litan. She continues to say, “On a scale of one to 10, this is a 10 in terms of potential identity theft”.

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Topics: Finances, Credit

Give Us Some Credit!

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 6/12/17 6:30 PM

Give us Some Credit

When you start considering purchasing high priced items, your credit score can make you feel better about your purchase or be a point of contention.  Either way it is an essential part of our economy.  Without credit, lenders would have no scale by which to create standards and determine who should receive credit and who should not.  And if we couldn’t borrow money, many people—including me, couldn’t ever hope to own a decent vehicle, much less a home.  I’d be a bicycle-riding renter for the rest of my life!

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Topics: Credit Report, Credit, Home Buyer, homebuyer, credit score

Homebuying in Your 20s, 30s, 40s

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 3/20/17 8:30 PM

Buying a home you can grow into, versus something that fits you now, is smart planning.

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Topics: Credit Report, Credit, Savings, Home Prep, Buying, homebuying, tips, preparedness, home buying, trulia

No Credit v Bad Credit

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 12/5/16 7:30 PM

If you’re preparing to buy a house, you’re probably taking a good, long look at your credit history – or perhaps lack thereof.

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Topics: Credit Report, Credit, help, bad credit

Credit Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 8/30/16 7:30 PM

One of the most frequent questions our mortgage bankers are asked by customers is how to improve their credit.
If you want to take your credit score to the next level, whether your score is in the pits or you wish to up your buying power for the house you’re saving for – here are the five things Daniel Bortz from trulia says you should avoid with your credit:

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Topics: Credit Report, Credit, Buying, tips

Credit Woes to Home Loan

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 5/16/16 7:30 PM

If you’re seeking a home loan but having credit woes, you’re not alone! Understanding and striving towards a better credit situation is a path shared by many Americans, as evidenced by a recent Experian survey.

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Topics: Credit Report, Credit, Home Loans, Home Buyer, homebuying

The Skinny on Student Loans

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 4/4/16 7:30 PM

Student loan debt is a hurdle facing many millennials as they become interested in becoming first-time homebuyers. But is it a hurdle that can’t be overcome? Here’s the skinny on student loan debt and mortgages.

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Topics: Loans, Mortgage, First Time Home Buyers, Credit, student loans, Home Buyer, reduce, DTI, debt

Water Heaters 101

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 3/18/16 8:30 PM

If you’re buying a home or looking to make some energy efficient upgrades (which we’ve mentioned earlier this week as being one way to save big on your taxes) take extra consideration when investing in a water heater.

 

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Topics: Home, Credit, Electricity, Home Maintenance, tax, water heaters, water, reduce, energy efficiency

Tax Refund Home Improvements

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 3/15/16 6:30 PM

With taxes still on your mind, it’s never too early to consider how to lower your tax bill for next year. If you’ve got plans to renovate your home or even buy a home that you intend to make improvements to, you could have tax deductions or credits in your future!

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Topics: Credit, Homeowners, Renovate, tax, tax return, investment, deductible, disability, taxes, refund, energy efficiency

Simplest ways to protect yourself from identity theft

Posted by Amy Patterson on 4/27/15 12:43 PM

There are many ways that you can protect yourself from identity theft, but two of the easiest ways are to securely dispose of and store your documents.

Documents you should always shred:

  •          Any document with your bank account number or credit card number
  •          Prescreened credit card offers
  •          Receipts
  •          Voided checks
  •          Expired or closed bank or credit cards
  •          All bills and statements
  •          Insurance documents

 

In addition to shredding all of the above named documents, you should also be mindful of the documents that you carry with you outside of your home. Unless you are going somewhere that you need the following documents, they should always be left at home: additional credit cards, checkbooks, social security card, passport, birth certificate or other identifying information other than your driver’s license. Make sure that you leave the items in a secure place in your home, or get a safety deposit box at your bank so that you can securely store them there.

By following these simple steps, you can help secure your identity and personal credit information. 

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Topics: Finances, Credit, Security, Identity Theft, safety, FICO

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