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Last updated: 11/22/2017 One law that changed credit card statements was the Credit CARD (Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure) Act of 2009, which required a clear disclosure on the statement about minimum payments. This mandated disclosure must inform the borrower how long it will take to pay off a credit card balance if s/he…

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Credit.org is approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a comprehensive housing counseling agency. We help home buyers prepare to become better educated and informed homeowners. For most people, understanding the process and requirements of obtaining a mortgage loan as well as which type of lender to use and what…

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In September 2017, it was announced that Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus, had been hacked, leaving 145 million consumers and their personal data—half of the adult U.S. population—potentially exposed. Even if you have never requested a credit report from Equifax—or had never heard of the company until news of the breach—your private,…

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Exploring the different types of home mortgage loans available will present you with a wide array of products, terms and options. There are important differences to understand and consider in each of these areas and it can get complex and complicated. It’s a good idea therefore to start with the basics. When looking for a…

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10 Myths About Homeownership

It’s tough to sort out the myths from the reality when it comes to homeownership. In a given search online, you can find opposing viewpoints making directly contradictory arguments. We’re going to try to shed some light on the confusion and help separate the facts from the falsehoods: Myth 1: You’re better off buying/Better off…

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One controversial tactic in debt collection is a relatively new term, debt shaming. This involves some level of public disclosure by the collector to bring attention to a debtor who has not satisfactorily paid their debt. More often, this tactic is a humiliating experience for the person(s) who is already struggling with their debt. If…

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Each payday, as you tackle excessive amounts of debt and your income is just not enough to satisfy all of the payments due to all of your creditors, you are often faced with making challenging choices and decisions. Which bills must be paid, how much will go to each and which could you either pay…

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