Ellen Johnson

05/09/2022
Credit Mix: Do You Need to Care About Types of Credit?

Credit Mix: Do You Need to Care About Types of Credit? [Infographic]

While credit mix only makes up 10% of your FICO score, it’s still important to consider when building credit. Check out our infographic about mix of credit and types of credit.
05/02/2022
Are Revolving Accounts More Powerful Than Installment Accounts?

Are Revolving Accounts More Powerful Than Installment Accounts?

Revolving accounts and installment accounts are both important for building credit, but they do not have an equal influence on your credit score. Which type of account is more powerful for your score?
04/27/2022
Missing a payment even once can seriously set back your credit score, but the damage will be even worse the longer you put off bringing the account current.

What Is a Derogatory Item on Your Credit Report?

Derogatory items can stay on your credit report and damage your credit scores for years. We’ll help you understand minor and major derogatories, how derogatory items affect your credit score, and what you can do about them.
04/24/2022
What Does It Mean to Be Credit Invisible?

What Does It Mean to Be Credit Invisible?

Nearly one in five American adults do not have a credit score. Find out what it means to be "credit invisible" and how consumers can become credit visible.
04/21/2022
VantageScore vs. FICO Scores: What's the Difference?

VantageScore vs. FICO Score: What’s the Difference?

What is a VantageScore credit score and how is it different from a FICO credit score? Which one is better? We compare the two types of credit scores in this article.
04/11/2022
Things Everyone Should Know About Credit Cards

Things Everyone Should Know About Credit Cards

Credit cards are not only a useful payment method for making purchases but also an essential component of a solid credit-building strategy. When you have the knowledge to use credit cards to your advantage rather than to your detriment, they can be an extremely powerful financial tool to have in your arsenal.
04/04/2022
Want to See Your FICO Score for Free? Here’s How to Do It

Want to See Your FICO Score for Free? Here’s How to Do It

Most lenders use your FICO credit score when they are deciding whether or not to extend credit to you. If you need to check your FICO score, where can you do so without paying a fee to access it? This article lists some of the best places to get your FICO score for free.
03/26/2022
Too much credit

Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Credit?

Is it possible to have too much credit? We answer the question of whether having too much credit could hurt your credit score by breaking it down into three parts: having too much available credit, having too much debt, and having too many credit accounts.
03/18/2022
Credit hacks that work

Easy Credit Hacks That Will Actually Get You Results

Credit repair can take months to see results, but we have effective credit hacks that you can use to get a better credit score fast. Check out our list of the best credit hacks that will help you improve your credit.
02/15/2022
Do Tradelines Really Work?

Do Tradelines Really Work?

Is the authorized user tradeline strategy effective? Credit expert John Ulzheimer explains why and how authorized user tradelines work.
02/12/2022
Will These Strategies Help You Get More Credit Score Points?

Will These Strategies Help You Get More Credit Score Points?

John Ulzheimer sheds light on which strategies to get more credit score points hold merit and which ones are just myths.
02/04/2022
How to Fix The Most Common Credit Report Errors

How to Fix the Most Common Credit Report Errors

It’s all too likely that you may have errors on your credit report. Read this article to learn about common types of errors on credit reports and how to fix them.
01/29/2022
At What Age Can You Start Building Credit?

At What Age Can You Start Building Credit?

There’s never a bad time to start building good credit, but there is definitely a good time to start: as early as possible. So when can you start building credit?
01/26/2022
Negative Items That Can Stay on Your Credit Forever

Are There Negative Items That Can Stay on Your Credit Forever?

Certain negative items could potentially stay on your credit report permanently. Here are the three exceptions to the 7-10 year limit on negative information imposed by the FCRA.
01/23/2022
When Being an Authorized User Doesn't Help

When You Should NOT Be an Authorized User

While being an authorized user on someone's credit card can be helpful for many consumers, it's important to remember that it can also hurt your credit in some cases. Learn these scenarios where you should not be an authorized user so you can make wise decisions for your credit.
12/15/2021
How to Get an 850 Credit Score | Tradeline Supply Company, LLC

How to Get an 850 Credit Score [Infographic]

An 850 credit score is the highest possible credit score. What does it take to achieve the perfect credit score?
12/12/2021
Can Alternative Credit Data Help the Credit Invisible?

Can Alternative Credit Data Help the Credit Invisible?

“Alternative data” is a concept that is becoming increasingly popular as one possible solution to the problem of credit invisibility. Let’s shed some light on the emerging topic of alternative credit data and how it could help or hurt consumers.
11/30/2021
How to Get Through the Holidays With Your Credit Intact

How to Get Through the Holidays With Your Credit Intact

With so many Americans unemployed and struggling financially, it’s more important than ever to go into the holiday season with a smart strategy to keep your finances intact. Here are some tips on how to make it through the holiday season without going overboard on spending, hurting your credit, and derailing your financial goals.
11/15/2021
Credit Sweep Fraud

Are Credit Sweeps Legal or Will They Get You in Trouble?

Credit sweeps are a heavily advertised and promoted service among credit repair companies. Is it really a good idea to purchase a credit sweep to boost your credit score? Here are some things to think about before signing up for a credit sweep.
11/04/2021
What Is FICO 10 & FICO 10 T?

FICO 10 and FICO 10T Explained by a Credit Expert

FICO 10 and FICO 10 T are new credit scoring models that have the potential to change the credit industry in a major way. What do they mean for you as a consumer? Read this article to find out.
10/25/2021
This Is How a Rapid Rescore Can Boost Your Credit Score Fast

This Is How a Rapid Rescore Can Boost Your Credit Score Fast

If you’re wondering how to update your credit report information fast so that you can improve your credit rating quickly, you may be interested in getting a rapid rescore. Find the answers to all your questions about rapid rescores in this article.
10/03/2021
Collection Accounts on Your Credit Report: The Ultimate Guide

Collection Accounts on Your Credit Report: The Ultimate Guide

Collections can damage your credit score for a long time, so it's important to understand them. This helpful guide explains what collections are, how they affect your credit, how collection agencies try to re-age debt, how to get collections removed from your credit report, and more.
09/21/2021
How to Remove Derogatory Entries on a Credit Report

How to Remove Derogatory Entries From Your Credit Report

Do you have derogatory items dragging down your credit score? Here's how to get derogatory entries removed from your credit report.
09/16/2021
Metro 2, e-OSCAR, and Credit Disputes - Credit Countdown

Metro 2, e-OSCAR, and the Credit Repair Dispute Process

Go behind the scenes of the dispute process used in credit repair and learn the importance of the Metro 2 and e-OSCAR systems in credit disputes.
09/09/2021
Credit Myth Busting The Opt-Out Myth

Credit Myth Busting: The Opt-Out Myth

The “opt-out” myth is one of many myths that lead consumers astray when it comes to credit. What is the opt-out myth and why does it not work?
09/02/2021
Secured Debt vs. Unsecured Debt

Secured vs. Unsecured Debt: What Are the Pros and Cons?

Secured and unsecured debt are very different types of credit. Learn the benefits and drawbacks of each and how they can affect your credit score.
08/25/2021
Reasons Why You May Not Have a Credit Score

Reasons Why You May Not Have a Credit Score

Millions of consumers in the US lack a credit score and are "credit invisible." Learn why you may not have a credit score and what you can do to gain credit history and become credit visible.
07/09/2021
How to Use Credit Cards Responsibly Without Going Into Debt

How to Use Credit Cards Responsibly Without Going Into Debt

Credit cards often get a bad rap, but you don’t have to get into credit card debt or pay interest in order to take advantage of their benefits. Read this article to learn how to use credit cards the right way.
06/14/2021
Credit Countdown: What Is a Date of Last Activity?

Date of Last Activity (DLA): What Is It and Does It Really Matter?

What is a DLA (date of last activity) on your credit report and do you need to worry about it affecting your credit score? Find out in this Credit Countdown video.
06/07/2021
Debit Cards vs. Credit Cards

Debit vs. Credit Cards: Which Is the Better Way to Pay?

Is it better to pay for purchases using a credit card or a debit card? Use the information in this article to decide.
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