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Gerri Detweiler

Director of Consumer Education, Credit.com |  In Personal Finance, Managing Debt

Gerri Detweiler is Credit.com’s Director of Consumer Education. She focuses on helping people understand their credit and debt, and writes about those issues, as well as financial legislation, budgeting, debt recovery and savings strategies. She is also the co-author of Debt Collection Answers: How to Use Debt Collection Laws to Protect Your Rights, and Reduce Stress: Real-Life Solutions for Solving Your Credit Crisis as well as host of TalkCreditRadio.com.

Could Paying Off Your Mortgage Hurt Your Credit?

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Could Paying Off Your Mortgage Hurt Your Credit?

Could Paying Off Your Mortgage Hurt Your Credit?

For many people, paying off their mortgage is the ultimate financial accomplishment. While “mortgage burning celebrations” may not be common now that everything is handled digitally, most do feel proud of a home that is paid for in full. Imagine, then, the disappointment to learn that your credit scores have gone down, not up, as… Read More

Help! I Was Rejected for a Secured Credit Card

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Help! I Was Rejected for a Secured Credit Card

Help! I Was Rejected for a Secured Credit Card

A secured credit card can be an excellent tool for building or rebuilding credit. You place a security deposit with the issuer and get a credit card with a credit line that is often equal to the deposit. Because the issuer holds the deposit as collateral in case the balance isn’t repaid, these cards are… Read More

7 Times Paying More Isn’t Worth It

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7 Times Paying More Isn’t Worth It

7 Times Paying More Isn’t Worth It

Sometimes, when you see two products that are designed to do the same thing, paying more is actually a good idea (think toilet paper or tissues). You really do want thicker and softer, and it’s worth paying for. But other times, going the cheap route makes perfect sense — and any differences are all but… Read More

Can a 0% Credit Card Hurt Your Credit?

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Can a 0% Credit Card Hurt Your Credit?

Can a 0% Credit Card Hurt Your Credit?

When you’re looking for a solution to high-interest debt, a balance transfer credit card with a 0% teaser rate can seem like the answer — and it may be. But, as with everything else you buy or apply for, it’s important to be sure what you’re getting into. Because the last thing you’d want is to find… Read More

Most Americans Have Bad Credit, Study Finds

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Most Americans Have Bad Credit, Study Finds

Most Americans Have Bad Credit, Study Finds

For all the headlines about the improving economy and record-low mortgage rates, most consumers aren’t in a position to benefit from them, according to a report from the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED).  The study found that 56% of consumers have subprime credit scores. That means they are unable to take advantage of the best — or… Read More

Can My Credit Card Company Sue Me?

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Can My Credit Card Company Sue Me?

Can My Credit Card Company Sue Me?

A commenter on our blog said he’d heard of a creative way to get rid of a lawsuit from a credit card issuer. “Doug” said lawyers he know have told him that suing a customer is a violation of the issuer’s arbitration clause that comes standard in nearly ever cardholder agreement out there. Here’s what he had… Read More

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