It’s irritating to run across a bill and to realize it was due yesterday… or last week. If it’s a credit card bill, you may also have to pay a fee (sometimes, if it’s a rare slip-up, you can get it waived), and it can be especially scary to find an overdue bill if you have applied for credit or plan to in order to make a big purchase, like a house or vehicle. Readers often ask us how late a payment has to be before their creditors report it to the credit bureaus:
Attorneys general in 30 states have reached a $6 million settlement with the major credit reporting agencies Equifax, Experian and TransUnion to make changes in the way they address errors in consumer reports and how some negative information is added to credit reports. The agreement is very similar to one announced March 9 by the attorney general of New York. The Consumer Data Industry Association, which represents the bureaus, says the new settlement is just more states joining the initiative announced in New York in March.
What happens if your car loan lasts longer than your car? While you may have every intention of driving a car long after it’s paid off, an accident (and inadequate insurance), expensive repairs, or mysterious problems your mechanic can’t fix could leave you with a vehicle that’s out of commission even though you’re still making payments.
Last month, we heard from a reader who has been approved for student loan forgiveness but fears accepting it would damage the good credit he has worked hard to attain. He had tried to get answers but felt frustrated that he couldn’t seem to find out exactly how student loan forgiveness would be reported to the credit bureaus.
May is the time of year for new beginnings as students graduate from high school and college and start on their next phase of life. With this transition, many graduates will have new financial requirements as well, and may need their first credit card. Yet with hundreds of different cards offered by dozens of issuers, it can be very difficult for new credit card users to find a product that will meet their needs, and one that they can be approved for.
If you have bad credit, finding a credit card can be tough. But not having one can be inconvenient, especially if you travel or shop online. That’s where cards for bad credit come in. They are easier to get than traditional cards, and may provide some of the benefits. The cards in this category fall into two camps: prepaid cards (which are actually debit cards) and secured cards.
If you had a mortgage just a few years ago, fell on hard economic times or were offered a mortgage loan modification by your loan servicer and you’re looking to apply for a new mortgage loan, you’ll need to meet certain credit requirements to get a green light on a new loan. Here’s what you need to know.
Q. How long should someone wait for a credit report? I mailed AnnualCreditReport.com requests for a single credit agency report for my daughter and myself, but neither of us have received a response. I do not want to send an additional request and be billed for multiple reports.
Roughly 7 million Americans lost their homes during the Great Recession. Now, seven years on, the first wave of those consumers might be ready to dip their toes back into the housing market, as their credit reports are finally clean of that negative entry. The group has been dubbed “boomerang buyers.” There’s disagreement about how many of this group will — or already have — decided to take the plunge back into homeownership, and how much that might help the economy. But it’s possible the boomerang group could suffer from being once bitten, twice shy as they weigh their new options.
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