Back To School Shopping? Keep Your Credit In Mind!

As parents, you are well aware that back to school shopping can seriously impact your financial situation. Overspending on school supplies and clothes could easily result in a damaged credit profile as well.

Using credit cards for your back to school shopping can be very helpful, allowing you to purchase the necessities for your children in the upcoming school year. However, be careful about racking up high balances as doing so will hurt your credit utilization ratio. This ratio is based on the amount of debt you are carrying vs. how much revolving credit is available to you, it is the second most important aspect of the FICO formula, accounting for 30% of your FICO score. If your credit utilization ratio is too high, it will imply that you may be overextending your finances, making you appear as a risk to lenders.

Before you start shopping, you will want to know how much debt you are carrying on your credit cards, especially if you are planning to apply for any lending opportunities in the near future. You can see what your balances and limits are by pulling your credit and examining your open revolving accounts. Pay down any cards that are already getting close to their limit as soon as you can, as it is certainly causing your credit score to suffer.

Stick to your budget to avoid a revolving balance and paying interest on your back to school purchases. A helpful trick to manage this is to spread out your school spending. Buy clothing when it goes on sale if you can, and for supplies, keep an eye on the adds as certain items are often on a rotating sale.

If at all possible, pay cash, and if not, make sure to keep an eye on your balances and make your payments on time.

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Save On Your Next Car: 6 Tips

Purchasing a new vehicle can be a very stressful situation. Make sure you do all of the research that you need in order to feel comfortable making your decision, and you won’t leave with a sense of buyer’s remorse.

Here are 6 important tips that will help you save money on your next car.

1.Find your financing before you shop.

It is widely known that paying cash will save you the most money on your new vehicle purchase (as you will not be paying any interest). However, if you are unable to dish out the cash, explore your financial options outside of the dealerships or car lots. Obtain pre-approval from your bank or credit union for the lowest interest rate possible, potentially saving you thousands. Independent financing will give you more buying power than relying on the finance department at the dealership.

  1. Check your credit profile.

The interest rate you receive depends significantly on your credit score. Your credit score is used by lenders to determine how risky it is to lend you money, and will adjust the interest rates according to their evaluation. In order to make sure the lender’s assessment of you is as accurate as possible, check your credit reports for inaccuracies. Do this a few months before shopping so there is time to fix these inaccuracies and improve the interest rate you receive.

  1. Compare available APRs.

Typically, the loan rates you are offered are shown as an annual percentage rate or APR. APR includes interest and fees, allowing you to compare loans in an apples-to-apples fashion. A lower APR will save you money over the length of your loan and lower your monthly payment. In order to determine which type of loan will work best for you, use an online loan calculator to experiment with loan amounts, interest rates and loan terms.

  1. Avoid long-term loans.

Longer-term auto loans have become increasingly popular as monthly budgeting concerns are often taken into consideration more than the total price paid over the life of the loan. Terms as long as 84 months are being reported more frequently than ever before. Though these loans are gaining in popularity, this does not mean they are a good idea. A longer loan will provide lower monthly payments but you will end up paying much higher interest. Keep your term as short as you can while still being able to fit it in your budget.

  1. Compare rates and terms.

Shop around for the best interest rates and loan terms available. A dealership may be able to offer you the best rates for your situation, with some new car purchases being financed at 0% for 60-72 months to buyers with great credit. If the dealership is not offering incentives on brand new vehicles, credit unions will likely offer you the best rates, educate yourself on your options.

  1. Focus on total cost.

Don’t get burned, concentrate on the total cost of the loan you are applying for rather than the monthly payment. The best options for lowering the total amount of your loan are to bring in a trade-in or a significant down payment.

The bottom line:

Do your research, exercise your options, and make sure your credit is going to help you obtain approval. If your credit leaves some room for improvement, CreditServices.com can help you.

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Lowering Student Debt: 5 Tips

The burden of student loan debt can prevent you from buying a home, starting your dream career, or even settling down with a family. Here are a few tips to get those student loans paid off faster so you can get started toward your goals sooner.

  1. Get a second job before settling down.

If you have proven your ability to comfortably live off of your first job, the income from a second job can be put directly into your student loans. Continue making the monthly payment that you have been, then add your second income on top of that to accelerate the process.

  1. Refinance your student loans.

This is where strong credit can really go to work for you and benefit your repayment efforts. There are a few very competitive options for refinancing federal and private student loans, enrolling in automatic payments could provide you new rates as low as 2%! Refinancing at a lower rate can reduce your minimum payment, keep making your original payment or more and you will pay off your debt faster.

  1. Reconsider big-ticket purchases.

One of the best things about being a graduated adult is spending like one. Vacations, nice dinners, new cars and apartments are all fun, but if they are taking up half of your monthly budget, it will be wise to cut back and put more money toward your student loans.

  1. Live at home with your parents.

Yes, we said it, live at home with your parents. If this is an option, you can really improve your student loan situation. Find out what you could be paying for rent in an apartment, then add this amount to your monthly student loan payment or split it and invest part of the extra money.

  1. Write a detailed budget with a loan payment plan.

Tracking your money as it comes in and knowing where it will go may give you some peace of mind. Your budget needs to be detailed so you can find any black holes where your money might be going. Making sure your loans are accounted for and adding any additional funds to them will help you pay your loans, and be a smarter spender.

Put these 5 tips together and you will surely be paying your loans off much quicker. Don’t be another college grad that goes delinquent on their student loans. Your debt may be debilitating now, but collections, judgments, and bad credit can make your situation worse.

 

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Studen Loans Holding You Back?

The average student debt for this year’s american graduates tops $35,000.

Millennials are having difficulties paying off student loans and for many it is holding them back from their American dream. Buying a car, a home, having children, getting married, and saving for retirement are all part of that dream, but student loan payments make it difficult to add more debt.

Salaries for recent college graduates have remained fairly flat, student loans on the other hand have doubled since the 1990s. Catching up can be very difficult so many college graduates are moving in with their parents and delaying their American dream.

One option you have to speed up your chase for the American dream is to get the best credit you possibly can. Start building your credit now and you will be able to pay less for the money that you borrow, allowing you to have more reasonable monthly payments, freeing you up to move forward. Use your money wisely, pay off high interest debt, and make sure to always make your payments on time, and you will start chipping away at your debt, while still living your life.

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Don’t Judge Yourself!

Begin by seeing what kind of shape your credit profile is in before you attempt to build your credit, refinance loans, or apply for financing. After pulling your credit report, you may feel a lot better about your situation. Certain accounts and items on your report may need to be fixed over time. However, there are a lot of things that may be removed quicker than you thought.

Aside from repairing the history that may be hurting your credit profile, we coach our clients on what they can do to establish and continuously build a great credit profile.

CreditServices.com will teach you the best way to utilize and build your credit. Our advisors will coach you on specific tactics that you can continue using to build your credit for the rest of your life. Your personal detailed Credit Guide will help repair your missteps in the past, and show you what you can do to prevent them from happening again.

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Pay Off Mortgage or Invest?

Some homeowners just do not like having a mortgage and will try to pay it off as quickly as possible. Doing this could be very beneficial for some homeowners, but for some, it could be a mistake. For one thing, pouring money into your mortgage can present you with a liquidity problem. If you lose your job, or become temporarily disabled and unable to work, you may not have the ability to access your home equity. You may try to take out a home equity loan, but if you are out of work you could be denied. If it is approved, you will be adding debt while unemployed or on a fixed income. Instead of making extra mortgage payments, consider investing the extra money in more liquid options that offer growth potential or current income.

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Some shorter term and lower risk options to maintain liquidity in your cash would be; a Roth IRA, money market accounts, high yield online savings accounts, certificates of deposit, short-term bonds, or paying off higher interest debt. Combining multiple investment options while still putting extra money toward your mortgage will also be a good strategy, that way you can pay your mortgage off faster and still grow your investments, allowing you liquidity, and a shorter road to debt free living!

When balancing your debts and investments, it is important to consider multiple angles so you can find what works for you, and which options will make your money go further.

At CreditServices.com, our credit advisors will not only coach you throughout the process of repairing your credit, but also teach you valuable tactics that will provide you with a solid foundation for your future purchasing power.

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Master Credit Card Use: 3 Tips

  1. Pay Mid-Cycle

The balances appearing on your credit reports are usually based on the balance at the end of your billing cycle. Go online to make a payment a few days before the end of the billing cycle so the balance that gets reported to the credit bureaus is lower.

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  1. Avoid Paying Interest

Credit Card users who do not carry balances every month and have signed up with a credit card that offers a grace period have at least 21 days from the time of purchase to pay the charge in full without accruing interest. Grace periods will not be included for balance transfers or cash advances.

  1. Increase Your Limit

Request a higher limit on your credit card to protect your credit rating. Raising the gap between your balance and limit will give you a better credit utilization ratio, which will be favorable for your credit score. Be careful with this tip though, just because the money is available doesn’t mean you should use it, simply use it as a credit building technique.

CreditServices.com credit advisors will walk you through the credit repair process, coaching you on valuable credit building techniques like these. These tips are very effective, and when advised on exactly what time to utilize these tactics in your personal Credit Guide, you will see the best results. That is why we are here, we are specialists in credit repair, and we can help you!

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Strong Credit; Financial Success

What Can Good Credit Do For You?

Having a good credit score shows lenders there is less risk in lending you money. Since you have a history of repaying your debts in a timely manner, you will be more likely to qualify for loans, larger lines of credit, and lower interest rates.

In today’s credit driven society, having good credit is key to getting the most out of your money because having good credit means that less of your money goes to interest and more goes toward the principal on your debts, leaving funds that would have been spent on interest to pay down debts or invest elsewhere.

Strategic decisions in the use of credit can be tremendously beneficial. This is where CreditServices.com comes in. As industry experts we teach our clients the most effective ways to build and manage their credit profile.

Strengthen your credit profile, and strengthen your purchasing power!

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Overpaying on Student Loans?

Refinancing your private student loans opens up the possibility of paying significantly less on your student loans. With a lower interest rate comes a lower payment, and a total bill that is lower over the life of the loan. The key here is to have excellent credit, which is why it is vital for college graduates to protect their credit scores. For borrowers with excellent credit and the ability to pay on the standard repayment plan, lowering the interest rate can make a lot of sense.

For those without “excellent” credit scores, this isn’t a viable option. This is where CreditServices.com comes in. With our proven service levels, we will provide a foundation to build your credit to where you can refinance your student loans, auto loans, and home loans to lower your interest rates and monthly payments, and save thousands of dollars each year. This will give you the purchasing power that you need to achieve your goals and move forward, instead of being hindered by student loans.

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Seeking Mortgage Pre-Approval?

What Do Mortgage Lenders Want When Considering Your Application For a Loan?

Doing something for the first time can be daunting. You may be signing a loan to purchase a vehicle or interviewing for a new job, or it could be applying for a mortgage loan to buy your first home! Knowing exactly what mortgage lenders look at will make the process much less stressful.

There are four pillars lenders are going to consider for all home mortgage loans: property, income, assets, and credit. You will be required to supply documents showing proof of your status in these areas. You will be required to provide paycheck stubs, two years’ worth of W-2’s, and three months of statements for your bank accounts. Other required documents, if they apply to you, include divorce papers, bankruptcy information, and self-employment documentation.

The following information can also help you avoid some of the reasons why mortgage applications are turned down:

  1. Never protest when the lender requests you provide more documentation. Cheerfully provide everything they ask for.
  2. Do not apply for any more credit cards, even if it is just for a balance transfer.
  3. Do not go out while the loan is still being considered, and run up more debt, this may cause your loan to be denied.
  4. It’s not the time to change jobs while your mortgage application is in process. Before the lender will close on your loan, they will make sure you still hold the same job you had when you applied.
  5. Make sure you do not request to borrow more money than you can afford to make payments on. If your current rent is $900 per month, and you apply for a mortgage with a payment of $2,500 a month, you will need to prove you have the money to be able to make the increased payments.

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5 Ways Credit Affects Your Life.

Credit affects a number of aspects of our life; home loans, auto loans, and availability of extra funds, just to name a few. Here are 5 ways that poor credit can impact your life that you may not have thought about before.

  1. Access to Emergency Funds

Medical, home, pet, and auto emergencies happen, and they can come at the most unexpected times. Credit cards and emergency loans can help you make sure the expenses are covered, but a low credit score could keep you from obtaining either of these options.

  1. Damage Your Relationships

If you are unable to be approved for traditional lending, how will you be able to finance your large purchases? Turning to friends and family to borrow money, or cosign a loan is an option that quickly comes to mind. Late payments to creditors will hurt your credit profile, but being late on your promise to a friend could end your friendship.

  1. Renting

Many landlords will check a prospective tenant’s credit profile before allowing them to rent. The eviction process can be very expensive for a landlord, so a potential tenant’s missed payments could leave them without a lease.

  1. Interest Rates

There are ways to obtain approval for a loan or credit card with bad credit, but they usually come with very high interest rates. High interest rates can add up quickly on a home or auto loan.

  1. Quality of Life

Debt can prevent you from getting an education, a better job, and fulfilling your potential. Bad credit will only further this problem by forcing you to put your goals aside when you can’t get what you need to succeed in life.

Don’t let your credit hold you back, make it work for you!

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