Your Credit Score After Bankruptcy

Your Credit Score After Bankruptcy

“I never thought I’d consider bankruptcy” Does this sound familiar? As you research the impact of bankruptcy you may be questioning what will happen with your financial future if you move forward.

It can be difficult to find resources that describe the aftermath because every bankruptcy experience is unique. While we feel comfortable going to our friends for advice on where to shop, or what kind of car we should buy, financial troubles are rarely discussed. 

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10 Way to Build Credit History

10 Ways To Build Credit With No Credit History

Trying to get credit when you have no credit history is a catch-22. Lenders rely on credit reports to assess their risk and many aren’t willing to lend to borrowers without enough history to generate a score. We usually assume that this problem only affects  young borrowers, so you might be surprised to know that 1 in 5 Americans  have no credit score.

Approximately 26 million Americans are “credit invisible” meaning they have no established credit with any of the major reporting agencies. Another 19 million Americans are considered “unscorable” which means they didn’t have enough credit for a score or their credit has been inactive too long to be scored. 

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Good Habits That Will Help You Repair Your Credit

Good Habits That Will Help You Repair Your Credit Score

Have you finally caught up on your past due loan payments? Perhaps you just completed a debt relief program and were able to settle your debt for less than you owe?

If you have been working hard to pay off, settle or consolidate your debt it can be frustrating to see your credit score drop or stay stuck. Unfortunately, when it comes to debt relief a temporarily lower credit score may be a part of the process. 

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7 Reasons You May Need Credit Repair

Certain types of credit damage take longer to repair than others. If you have many different types of debt you may need to prioritize which type is causing the most damage and resolve it first.

When it comes to your repairing credit there are two ways to look at the damage, short term damage and long term damage. Short term damage can be repaired by paying down balances, making regular payments for 6 to 12 months, changing your credit mix and disputing inaccurate information. Long term damage requires you to wait seven years or make payments on debt for longer than 12 months before your credit utilization improves.  

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Debt Repayment Methods: Snowball vs. Avalanche

Debt Repayment Methods: Snowball vs. Avalanche

One of the hardest parts about paying off multiple debts is knowing where to start. It can be easy to become overwhelmed and settle with minimum payments across the board, but this leads to being in debt longer and racking up interest and fees. Reprioritizing your debts and pursuing a repayment strategy can help increase your long-term savings and motivation. Two of the most common debt repayment methods are the snowball method and the avalanche method. Although they’re similar in many ways, they can lead to very different results – which one is best for you?

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Brush Up Your Resume With Our Free Template

Brush Up Your Resume With Our Free Template

Job hunting can be a long and intimidating process. In addition to searching through job postings and filling out lengthy applications, you have to make sure your resume is strong enough to stand out from hundreds of other applicants. Although the writing and updating process takes time and effort, submitting a professional and polished resume can greatly increase the chances that you’ll be granted an interview.

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Write Your Cover Letter With Our Free Template

You’ve come across a posting for your dream job. The requirements and responsibilities look like they were tailor-made for you, and the company offers incredible benefits. You’re about to dust off your resume and get to work on the application, but then you read this statement: 

“Please include a cover letter with your application.” 

Do you try to skate by without submitting a cover letter, give up and move on to the next job opportunity, or get to work on crafting a thoughtful and professional cover letter? While many may dread this part of the job application process, including a well-written cover letter with your application and resume can help you stand out from other candidates.

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Talking to Your Partner About Money and Debt

Talking to Your Partner About Money and Debt

Whether you’re just starting a new romantic relationship, are considering tying the knot or have been married for years, you’ve likely discovered conversation topics that you would prefer to avoid. Money and debt are often at the top of our personal “do not discuss” list, which can lead to major problems down the road. In a recent study of divorced individuals, 36.1% of them reported that financial problems were a big contributing factor to their divorce

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