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The mortgage “getting” process usually begins with a lender measuring your credit, employment, income and assets or in other words; your borrower profile. The slang term for this exercise is “pre-approval.” Once victory is achieved in this preliminary stage of the mortgaging process, consumers tend to jump to a “what’s the rate” focus, relegating mortgage…

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When we educate consumers about achieving financial freedom, goals come up early and often. Setting goals is an essential early step for anyone who wants to achieve success, whether that involves financial, personal, career, spiritual or any other area of individual achievement.

Making regular monthly payments on your debts is the best way to improve your credit score, and late payments are the most significant cause of bad credit. That’s why we stress making your payments on time every month as the most important thing you can do to build a positive credit history as you work your way to financial freedom.

The best tool for teaching your kids about money is an allowance. If you want your children to grow up with good financial sense, you need to start early with a regular, consistent allowance. Giving your kids a source of income and the responsibility of managing it will teach them lessons to last a lifetime….

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We frequently see married credit counseling clients who come to us by themselves and do not want their spouses to find out about their debts.

Either one partner has secretly been using credit cards without his/her spouse’s knowledge and has gotten in too deep, or one person in the relationship is responsible for managing all of the family’s finances and, having failed to keep debt under control, doesn’t want anyone to find out.

Here are some basic ideas we offer to help parents break the cycle of debt and raise their children to be wise about their financial lives: 1.    Start early: Many parents make the mistake of waiting to teach their kids about money. We’ve met people who think even their teenage kids are too young to…

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In short, your credit utilization is the percentage of total credit used in comparison with the total credit available. Calculate your utilization by dividing your balance by your limit. For a simple example, let’s say you have one credit card, and it has a 10,000 dollar limit. If you owe $2,500 on that account, your…

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Do you want to close a credit card account but are unsure how it will affect your credit score? There are many reasons why we may want to close a credit card, such as avoiding annual fees, too many fees, high interest rates, or unsatisfactory customer service. Whatever the reason, please review the following to determine what is best for you:

The Fair Isaac Corporation FICO™ states “They would never recommend closing a credit card for the sole purpose of raising the score.”