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Younger Generations More Likely to Buy a Home

Mortgages

Younger Generations More Likely to Buy a Home

Younger Generations More Likely to Buy a Home

The economic recovery has brought with it significant improvements in the national housing market. And now many consumers are in a better position to buy a home after dealing with many financial problems just a few years ago. But with that change comes shifting demographics of who homebuyers generally are, according to the inaugural Home Buyer... Read More

What’s Used to Determine My Credit Score?

Credit Score

What’s Used to Determine My Credit Score?

What’s Used to Determine My Credit Score?

Credit scoring can be a mystery, but it doesn’t have to be. While there are many different types of credit scores that lenders use, there are some basic guiding principles to what determines your credit score. By knowing these factors, you can be more proactive in working toward having better credit and a stronger credit... Read More

JPMorgan Admits Debt Collection Mistakes

Managing Debt

JPMorgan Admits Debt Collection Mistakes

JPMorgan Admits Debt Collection Mistakes

One of the nation’s largest financial institutions seems poised to be hit with massive regulatory charges from state and federal agencies over allegations that it improperly pursued what it said were delinquent and defaulted debts, and now the company, through an internal study, has admitted as much. JPMorgan Chase recently acknowledged that it made a number of... Read More

Are You Charging More? Credit Card Debt Surges 9.3%

Credit Cards

Are You Charging More? Credit Card Debt Surges 9.3%

Are You Charging More? Credit Card Debt Surges 9.3%

The improving economy has led some consumers to behave in ways they may not have in the past few years, and this change was recently reflected by a significant uptick in nearly all types of borrowing in May. The total amount of credit card debt held nationwide surged 9.3 percent in May, rising to $856.5 billion from the previous... Read More

California AG: Many Data Breaches Were Avoidable

Identity Theft

California AG: Many Data Breaches Were Avoidable

California AG: Many Data Breaches Were Avoidable

The number of people impacted by data breaches continues to grow, and California is no exception, where millions of people had their personal information exposed in breaches last year alone. In 2012, some 2.5 million state residents had sensitive personal or financial information exposed in just 131 data breaches reported to the government, according to... Read More

Will Home Prices Jump 9% in a Year?

Mortgages

Will Home Prices Jump 9% in a Year?

Will Home Prices Jump 9% in a Year?

Housing market improvements during the past year or so have led to significant increases in home prices nationwide, and they are expected to continue to rise. On a quarterly, semi-annual or year-over-year basis, all projections show that home prices will continue to rise in the near future, according to the latest Home Data Index Market... Read More

Foreclosures Continue to Drop

Mortgages

Foreclosures Continue to Drop

Foreclosures Continue to Drop

The housing market has been improving by leaps and bounds for more than a year, and this growth has resulted in a steady decline in the number of foreclosures nationwide. There were about 52,000 foreclosure actions completed nationwide in May, down approximately 27 percent from the 71,000 observed at the same time in 2012, according... Read More

Why Do I Have Multiple Credit Scores?

Credit 101

Why Do I Have Multiple Credit Scores?

Why Do I Have Multiple Credit Scores?

Credit.com reader Lindsay recently asked us a question: “Why do I have more than one credit score?” Our Co-Founder and Chairman Adam Levin explains why you have multiple credit scores and how to understand every single one of them. Have more credit questions? Here are some great video answers our experts have given: How Can I... Read More

Paying With Cash Could Earn You a Discount at More Retailers

Credit Cards

Paying With Cash Could Earn You a Discount at More Retailers

Paying With Cash Could Earn You a Discount at More Retailers

Americans who prefer paying with cash, rather than credit cards, are likely to see a larger amount of discounts coming their way in the near future thanks to new rules that allow for greater flexibility among businesses in this regard. Already, many companies have started putting the new allowances to use. A settlement between Visa and... Read More

Will Higher Student Loan Rates Hurt the Housing Market?

Mortgages

Will Higher Student Loan Rates Hurt the Housing Market?

Will Higher Student Loan Rates Hurt the Housing Market?

Numerous borrowers nationwide carry student loan balances and know all too well how they can significantly restrict financial capabilities soon after graduation. Now, as that problem becomes even more pronounced in the coming years, some are wondering whether it might have a negative impact on the housing market as well. Federal student loan interest rates recently doubled as a result of inaction from... Read More

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