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New FICO Resilience Index may help extend credit availability

By Mike Wheatley | July 6, 2020
Fair Isaac Corp., the organization that created the widely used FICO credit score implementation, has created a new credit index that it says should help more people to qualify for a home loan. The new FICO Resilience Index is intended to supplement the FICO score, and is said to help lenders assess borrower’s ability to […]
Home Buying

Tips for Improving Your Credit Score to Buy a Home

By Brian Kline | October 30, 2019
Improving your credit score can be a complex subject based on your individual situation (but not always). Fortunately, there are many resources available to help you. Making a few relatively small improvements will make a huge difference in both how much house you can afford and how much you’ll pay in interest payments. It makes […]
Real Estate Resource

Signs Credit Card Debt is Getting Out of Hand

By Jamie Richardson | August 8, 2019
OK, so your ends are still meeting, but just barely. You’re praying nothing entailing a large expense happens because you don’t know how you’ll handle it. The credit cards that seemed like a good idea way back when now have significant outstanding balances and you’re questioning whether or not they really were a smart choice. […]
Ask Brian Real Estate

Ask Brian: What Do I Need to Know About Credit Scores?

By Brian Kline | December 31, 2018
Ask Brian is a weekly column by Real Estate Expert Brian Kline. If you have questions on real estate investing, DIY, home buying/selling, or other housing inquiries please email your questions to [email protected] Credit score questions are the most commonly asked. Here I answer a couple of the most frequently asked. Question. John from Green […]
Real Estate Resource

What Makes Credit Card Debt Particularly Dangerous?

By Jamie Richardson | October 31, 2018
All debt is not created equally. At first glance, two consumers with the same amount of debt might seem like they’re in the same financial boat. But this is like comparing apples to oranges; $25,000 in student debt is by no means the same as $25,000 in credit card debt. Credit card debt is a […]
Featured News, Mortgage

New UltraFICO credit scoring model promises to extend credit access to millions

By Mike Wheatley | October 25, 2018
Experian, FICO and Fincity are touting a new credit scoring model they say can increase access to credit for millions of U.S. citizens. UltraFICO, as the new model is known, takes into account more than just the information reported to the three main credit scoring agencies, Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. It also looks at consumer’s […]
Featured News, Mortgage

Mortgage fraud is on the rise

By Mike Wheatley | October 10, 2018
A growing number of borrowers are becoming so desperate to qualify for a mortgage that they end up lying about how much they earn on their applications.
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