• Credit Scores

    Make Sense of Your Free Credit Scores

    Is your shirt size medium or large? How about your dress size? Or your shoe size? Very often, your size depends on what store you’re shopping in. Believe it or not, the same goes for your credit scores. They’re different depending on where you get them from. I’ll show you how to make sense of your free credit scores, how they’re calculated, and which ones are more meaningful than others. What is a Credit Score? Your credit score is a 3 digit number that represents your creditworthiness to lenders. The higher the number, the more creditworthy you are. This score is derived from all of the data that’s in your…

  • Basics,  Credit Scores

    The Real Value of Good Credit

    We’ve all seen the television commercials about the importance of knowing one’s credit score. But how much is good credit actually worth?  The answer may surprise you. A low credit score is symptomatic of poor financial habits–habits that can cost you BIG TIME, in addition to any exorbitant interest you may be paying on your monthly credit card bills. How much more could it cost? Let’s say you’re buying a $200,000 house with a 20% down payment. On a 30 year $160,000 mortgage, having a credit score of 650 instead of 750 can cost you nearly $35,000  in additional interest payments over the life of the loan. Check your Credit Report for free The first step to…