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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...

Remove Mortgage from Credit Report after 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...

What is Debt Management?

October 18, 2016

Dear Experian, I have significant credit card debt and I’m considering a consolidation loan. Is this a good idea? What other debt management options are there? – JCB Dear...

I’ve defaulted on my student loans. Should I consider loan rehabilitation?

October 18, 2016

Dear Experian, I had some financial difficulty last year and defaulted on my student loan in an amount close to $5,000. I have the money to pay it off...

Can I Dispute Information Without Getting a Report from Experian?

October 13, 2016

Dear Experian, I have recently obtained my credit report from my bank and do not need one from Experian. How can I go about disputing an incorrect item on...

Can I Buy a Car with a Credit Card?

October 11, 2016

Dear Readers, We sometimes get asked whether you can buy a car with a credit card. As with most credit questions, it depends. The answer is that it depends...

How can I raise my credit score fast?

October 6, 2016

Dear Experian, I need to boost my credit score in a 1-2 month span to get a home loan. I currently have a 620 and I need a 680....