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How Will Using My Credit Card for Large Purchases Affect My Credit?

December 8, 2016

Dear Experian, If I have an introductory zero-interest window on a new credit card (15 months), and I use that card to pay off a home renovation – will...

What do you need to rent an apartment?

December 6, 2016

Dear Experian, I’m going through a divorce, and I need to get an apartment; therefore, I need advice on how to get my credit score up as much as...

What is revolving credit?

December 1, 2016

Dear Experian, What is a revolving account? – ABP Dear ABP, The term “revolving credit” or “revolving account” refers to an account on your credit report that has a...

Should I pay off my car loan early?

November 22, 2016

Dear Experian, I took out a car loan to help build my credit. I was thinking about paying if off in February. I would have had the loan for...

How long will my medical bills remain on my credit report?

November 17, 2016

Dear Experian, I paid off a $47 medical bill I didn’t know about in May 2016. I just saw it’s still on my credit report. I contacted the collection...

What is a debt validation letter? How do I know if I need one?

November 15, 2016

Dear Experian, I sent a debt validation letter to a collection agency and it’s been over 30 days and still I haven’t received a response. How long do I...

How Do I Remove a Mortgage from My Credit Report After a Divorce?

November 10, 2016

Dear Experian, I was divorced in 2007. My husband kept the mortgage and stayed in the home. I was removed from the title and responsibility of that loan in...

What Credit Score Do I Need to Buy a Car?

November 8, 2016

Dear Experian, I’m trying to buy a car. How can I improve my credit score quickly? What credit score do I need to buy a car? – BBK Dear...

How Does Credit Repair Work?

November 3, 2016

Dear Experian, How do I begin repairing my credit history? How does credit repair work? – BLR Dear BLR, What is Credit Repair? When people mention credit repair, they...

How many credit cards is too many?

November 2, 2016

Dear Experian, I think I have too many credit cards and would like to close a couple. I have good payment history with these credit cards; however, I heard...

Can a Paid Charged Off Account be Removed from the Report?

October 27, 2016

Dear Experian, What is needed to remove a charge off from your credit report if you pay the disputed amount? – HWM Dear HWM, Charged Off Accounts Not Removed...

Should I get a secured loan to build my credit?

October 25, 2016

Dear Readers, A secured loan is any loan that is backed or guaranteed by collateral. This means that if you default on the loan payments, the lender can take...