When Ellie Kay married her husband, Bob, over two decades ago she knew she was marrying a hard-working fighter pilot. “I was starry-eyed,” she says. What she didn’t know was that he was carrying about $40,000 in unsecured debt. Bob had been divorced and had two children. When his first marriage dissolved, he took on… Read More
When it comes to buying cars, it should come as no surprise that pricier vehicles tend to be favored by those who have high credit scores, and new research suggests just how much a vehicle’s price tag plays into the buyer’s ability to obtain financing for it. Generally expensive cars come with significant credit qualifications… Read More
Lenders’ appetite for credit risk has softened sharply since the end of 2007, but consumers still need credit. So what credit scores are they going to need in order to be approved, and at the best rates and terms?
I was going to name this article “The Five Best Ways to Improve Your Credit Scores” but there are simply too many articles floating around that profess to have the “best” strategies. So, I decided that I’d just share what I know to be five ways to improve, build or maintain good credit scores. Some will work for you, some won’t. Some will make a big difference for you, some won’t. Enjoy!
750 or higher – no annual fee, 7.9% APR and a $25,000 credit limit
700-749 – no annual fee, 8.9% APR and a $20,000 credit limit
675-699 – $25 annual fee, 12.9% APR and a $15,000 credit limit
650-674 – $40 annual fee, 15.9% APR and a $10,000 credit limit
649 or below – Application declined