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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.

How to Keep Your Great Credit Score

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How to Keep Your Great Credit Score

How to Keep Your Great Credit Score

It can take years to build a high credit score, but it can disappear in what feels like an instant. I heard from many people who experienced this during the recession. Sounding almost shell shocked, they’d tell me about how their credit scores had dropped, adding “Before this I had an 800 FICO” or “I… Read More

How to Make Your Tax Lien Disappear

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How to Make Your Tax Lien Disappear

How to Make Your Tax Lien Disappear

A tax lien can be one of the worst items to appear on your credit report. It’s considered very negative and can cause your credit scores to drop significantly. Even worse, under federal law, unpaid tax liens can remain on credit reports indefinitely, though in practice credit bureaus may remove them after a decade or… Read More

How to Talk to a Credit Bureau

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How to Talk to a Credit Bureau

How to Talk to a Credit Bureau

Have you received a copy of your credit report, only to find out it contains something you just don’t understand? There may be a simple answer to your question, but you have to ask. And many people don’t realize that one option is to simply pick up the phone and talk with someone at the… Read More

What Is the Best Credit Score?

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What Is the Best Credit Score?

What Is the Best Credit Score?

If you were to ask me, “What is the best credit score?” – and I get that question a lot – I would turn around and ask you a question: “Why do you want to know?” My answer to your question would depend on your answer to mine. That’s because I have found there are… Read More

Buyer’s Remorse? You May Not Be Stuck With It

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Buyer’s Remorse? You May Not Be Stuck With It

Buyer’s Remorse? You May Not Be Stuck With It

We’ve all experienced it: buyer’s remorse. You bought something you really didn’t want, or perhaps you signed up for a long-term contract you can’t afford. Sometimes you’re stuck. But not always. Under federal and state laws there are certain purchases that require a “cooling-off period,” or give consumers the right to cancel within a certain… Read More

Is Your Business Killing Your Credit?

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Is Your Business Killing Your Credit?

Is Your Business Killing Your Credit?

Although he says he has a six-figure income, his balances on his credit cards are somewhere between $30,000 and $50,000, and he feels he has too much credit card debt. The reason he says he’s in the hole? “Business expenses.” “He” is one of several respondents who participated in a recent Credit.com survey, Americans and… Read More

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