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What is the Difference Between a Hard Credit Inquiry and a Soft Credit Inquiry?

When you apply for a loan or a line of credit, your lender will request access to your credit history and credit score from at least one of the three main credit reporting bureaus—Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. The credit bureaus...

How Fintech Is Helping Millennials Take Financial Control

For years, the complicated world of banking, lending, and investing have been a mystery to most people. But the world is changing. As we all know, technology has no qualms about disrupting old systems to make room for new and...

How Does Your Credit Score Actually Work?

We have all been drilled endlessly about the importance of a good credit score. Your credit score can determine everything from the type of car you can buy to which types of homes you will have a loan approved for....

First-Time Homebuyers: 7 Ways to Save For Your Down Payment

Renting isn’t exactly flushing your money down the drain, of course. Paying rent gives you somewhere to live and a place to store all your stuff. And that’s important. But unlike renters, homeowners get the benefit of housing while also...

Let’s Talk About Debt (Part Two)

Between student loans, mortgages, and credit card, it’s hard to find people these days that aren’t struggling with debt. Everyone has their own unique story, yet they all seem to have a common thread—it’s difficult to talk about. Debt is...

Lets Talk About Debt, Baby

Debt Sucks. Telling your friends taking out a credit card cash advance to pay your rent is not cool. Having to use your Amex card to buy groceries because you had no money is also not a great feeling. In...

A History of Credit Scores and Credit Reporting

Credit scores are a fact of life for Americans in the 21st-century, but credit scores haven’t always existed. Without credit scores, lenders might still be relying on handshakes and other subjective measures to determine credit-worthiness. Doing so would leave millions...

Buying a Home When Your Partner Has Bad Credit

So, you’ve found a person with whom you want to spend the rest of your life. When you met, it was like you’d known each other forever. And now, the two of you want to buy a home and build...

8 Ways You Can Build Your Credit From Scratch

Building good credit is essential to your financial well-being. If you ever intend to purchase anything for which you’ll need a loan, you’ll need to be able to show lenders that you’re a responsible borrower who can be trusted to pay...

Clean Up Your Credit to Buy a Home Next Year

Maybe your credit history isn’t exactly stellar. Sure, you’d like to be a homeowner one day—maybe even one day soon. But that recent run of bad luck and/or bad decisions showing up on your credit report doesn’t put you or...