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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.

Black Friday Shopping Tips From a Pro

Personal Finance

Black Friday Shopping Tips From a Pro

Black Friday Shopping Tips From a Pro

I don’t typically fight the crowds on Black Friday, but my sister in law Kathi Detweiler is always there when the stores open, snagging deals that make me envious. So I asked her for her best Black Friday shopping tips. Be prepared: Kathi says she always scopes out the deals before Black Friday. She has… Read More

Can a Business Loan Appear on My Personal Credit?

Credit Score

Can a Business Loan Appear on My Personal Credit?

Can a Business Loan Appear on My Personal Credit?

Gina recently posted this question on the Credit.com CreditExperts Facebook page: Are there laws in place to stop a business account from being reported on my personal credit? If so how do I go about getting it off my credit? This is an important question because many businesses rely heavily on their personal credit scores… Read More

Measuring the Impact of Bank Transfer Day

Personal Finance

Measuring the Impact of Bank Transfer Day

Measuring the Impact of Bank Transfer Day

Saturday November 5th was Bank Transfer Day, the day on which Americans were urged to switch their accounts from the big banks to credit unions. For a grassroots movement started by art gallery owner Kristen Christian on Facebook, it garnered a lot of media attention. Just as one example, on Friday evening November 4th, I… Read More

Not Your Grandmother’s Credit Union

Credit Cards

Not Your Grandmother’s Credit Union

Not Your Grandmother’s Credit Union

I opened a new credit union account recently. I wasn’t protesting bank fees (my bank still offers free debit cards with rewards), but a local credit union offered me a 1.99% rate on a car loan, and I couldn’t pass that up. While opening the account, I thought back to how different that experience was… Read More

Will The President’s New Debt Relief Programs Help You?

Managing Debt

Will The President’s New Debt Relief Programs Help You?

Will The President’s New Debt Relief Programs Help You?

President Barack Obama has announced two plans to offer relief for borrowers overwhelmed with debt. The first, an expansion of the Home Affordable Refinance Plan (HARP), will allow more homeowners with negative equity in their homes (in other words, are “underwater”) refinance their loans into lower fixed rate mortgages. The second, the “Pay As You… Read More

Another Bad Idea to Help the Housing Market

Mortgages

Another Bad Idea to Help the Housing Market

Another Bad Idea to Help the Housing Market

A new proposal to help beleaguered homeowners keep their homes out of foreclosure would take a bad situation and make it even worse. U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) have introduced the Hardship Outlays to protect Mortgagee Equity (HOME) Act, legislation that would allow Americans to make withdrawals from their… Read More

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