By - Jim Berry

What Does Having a Derogatory Public Record on My Credit Report Mean

Since the National Consumer Assistance Plan went into effect in 2017, public records must meet strict requirements in order to appear on consumer credit reports. Civil judgments and tax liens do not meet these new requirements, so they were removed from credit reports. At this point, the only derogatory public record that should appear on… Read More

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By - Jim Berry

Tips for Building Your Credit

Your credit score can affect many aspects of your life—from getting a loan to getting a job or getting a house. Good credit is necessary for sound finances and many major purchases. But there are no quick fixes or shortcuts to building good credit. You must start by establishing credit, then embrace responsible credit habits… Read More

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By - Jim Berry

I Was Denied an Auto Loan. Now What?

You’re in the market for a new car but you’ve been denied an auto loan. Now what? Here’s what you need to know about why you may have been denied and what to do to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Why Do I Keep Getting Denied for Auto Loans? Unfortunately, there are many reasons… Read More

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By - Jim Berry

Should You Get Another Credit Card? What to Consider

Credit cards play a significant role in your financial life—from establishing credit and determining your buying power to potentially being a financial lifeline during times of crisis. Before you add another credit card to your wallet, you should consider your buying habits and financial strategies. The answers to the following five questions may help you… Read More

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By - Jim Berry

What Is the Average Used Car Loan Rate?

Article originally published July 13th, 2016. Updated October 30th, 2018. More people are opting to lease their new set of wheels instead of purchasing them, according to Q2 2018 data from Experian. The number of auto loans grew to an all-time high, with leasing surpassed 30% of all new consumer vehicle sales. But the interest rates consumers are… Read More

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