For many last-minute holiday shoppers, the magic of the gift-giving season can quickly morph into long-term credit score misery.
If you are thinking of applying for a home equity loan, make sure you understand how your payment history on your current mortgage and your overall credit history will affect your chances of qualifying and the interest rate deals that lenders will offer you.
Simply going out and getting a secured credit card “has little or no effect” on your credit reports and credit scores. It’s how you repay your secured card debt that makes all the difference. With responsible use, you can establish a positive credit history and build your credit scores.
Remodeling your home – freshening up a living space, replacing the bathroom tile, or renovating to improve your home’s value in anticipation of a sale – can be a worthwhile investment. Financing your dream renovation depends on your credit scores – higher scores will lead to better interest rate offers on a loan.
Balance transfer credit cards that offer lower or zero percent interest rates can be a smart way to reduce monthly payments and consolidate debt. Here are a few questions and answers that can help you determine if it is something you should consider.
If you are thinking about moving, you may want to review your financing options and the mortgage lender before scouring the real estate listings. Different types of mortgage lenders offer distinct advantages.
Deciding whether to swipe your debit or credit card at checkout should be about more than which card happens to be at the front of your wallet.