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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.

A Simple Guide to Understanding Your FAFSA

Students

A Simple Guide to Understanding Your FAFSA

A Simple Guide to Understanding Your FAFSA

If the cost of college seems daunting, just wait until you get to wade through the process of applying for financial aid and sorting through financial aid packages from schools. But unless you can afford to pay cash for your higher education or get an academic or athletic scholarship that covers your costs, you’ll want… Read More

The First Thing to Do Before Buying a Home

Mortgages

The First Thing to Do Before Buying a Home

The First Thing to Do Before Buying a Home

Home prices in most parts of the country are just about as affordable as they are likely to get, and mortgage rates remain super low. Together, those factors mean that many people are thinking about buying a home. Some will be first-time homebuyers, while others will be “boomerang” buyers who lost their homes in the… Read More

How to Save Thousands by Refinancing a Car Loan

Managing Debt

How to Save Thousands by Refinancing a Car Loan

How to Save Thousands by Refinancing a Car Loan

Refinancing your vehicle loan could save you a few thousand dollars, and could be easier than you think. The average five-year new car loan rate is 3.72% as of Tuesday, according to the Informa Research Services’ Interest Rate Review. If you’re paying more than that, you should definitely take a few minutes to see if… Read More

19 Confusing Mortgage Terms Deciphered

Mortgages

19 Confusing Mortgage Terms Deciphered

19 Confusing Mortgage Terms Deciphered

If you have ever tried to get or refinance a mortgage, you may have felt like you were in a foreign language class: some of the words seem familiar but you aren’t sure you know exactly what they mean. PMI, APR, escrow, jumbo … and on and on. Here we decipher some of the most… Read More

The Complete Guide to Finding Tax Help

Personal Finance

The Complete Guide to Finding Tax Help

The Complete Guide to Finding Tax Help

Are you going to file your tax return on your own this year, or will you need a little help? Even if you are doing your own taxes you may find yourself stumped, if for example; There have been some major changes in your life during the last year: divorce, marriage, adoption of a child,… Read More

Are Mistakes Ruining Your Credit Report?

Credit Score

Are Mistakes Ruining Your Credit Report?

Are Mistakes Ruining Your Credit Report?

A long-awaited study on credit reporting accuracy was released Monday and is drawing lots of attention — and some industry ire. In the FTC study, which tracked 1,001 individuals as they reviewed 2,968 credit reports and tried to correct mistakes, one in five consumers reportedly found errors on their credit reports, some of which could… Read More

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