Credit Advice - FICO score ranges - How to know if you have a good or a bad credit rating: 580 or lower is considered a bad credit rating; 580 to 620 is bad-to-fair; 620 to 720 is OK-to-good; and 720 or higher is good-to-excellent. Your score determines how much you pay for credit in addition to whether or not you get approved. If; for example, you have bad credit and are stuck with a 22% APR credit card instead of 19%, those extra 3 percentage points would cost you an additional $334.39 in interest on a $5,000 balance with $200 monthly payments.
Tip of the Day: Negative entries on your credit report typically fall-off after 7 years. But let's say you are 5 years past due on a debt, and you get a call from a collection agency or otherwise decide to pay toward that debt, unless you pay it off in full or if you get the collector to report the partial payment as paid in full and remove the debt from your report, you'll restart the debt clock. In other words, instead of only have 2 more years to go until the debt naturally falls off your credit report, your payment will restart the clock to zero and you'll have yet another 7 years until the debt expires. If you have an old debt on your credit report that is about to naturally be removed due to the debt statute of limitations, either be prepared to quickly pay if off in full or simply ignore it.
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Typically, if you have very bad credit or absolutely no credit history whatsoever, you may only qualify for either a pre-paid card or perhaps an unsecured high risk credit card that has a low credit limit. If you have some credit problems but also have two or more good credit references, you may get approved for an unsecured credit card to rebuild credit. Unlike very high risk cards, these cards may have a lower fee and interest rate.
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Chapter 13 Bankruptcy - Chapter 13 filing may be a method of bankruptcy for consumers who don't want to lose their assets and they want to retire as many debts as possible. This type of bankruptcy can have less pressure. Some debt balances can be partially discharged and the person agrees to a monthly payment to a trustee to be distributed to remaining creditors. Any bankruptcy is a mark against your credit record, yet Chapter 13 filings are often seen as a bit less serious than Chapter 7 bankruptcy. You would need to see specific bankruptcy information regarding your area of residence.
Chapter 13 bankruptcy can allow you to keep property like a mortgage or auto if you have income and not much debt. For Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the court approves a repayment plan that allows you to pay off a default during a period of three to five years, rather than loosing your property. It is often best if facing bankruptcy to contact a trained financial person to give advice and help with bankruptcy issues.
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Guaranteed Rate was founded on the simple idea of building a mortgage company focused on serving the best interests of our customers. Our straightforward business model is structured to provide our customers with the right products, lowest rates and un-matched service. Today, we're one of the largest independent and fastest growing mortgage lenders in the country, licensed in 43 states, with over 1,100 employees and $6.9 billion in mortgage fundings in 2010 alone. While in recent years banks have made the mortgage process more cumbersome and decreased their overall lending, Guaranteed Rate has increased lending and streamlined the entire mortgage process helping growing numbers of consumers buy or refinance their homes. We continually invest in technology and employee training to simplify the entire mortgage process for our customers from application to closing. These investments yield higher productivity, faster closings and satisfied customers who return to us again and again for their mortgage needs.
At Guaranteed Rate we have created an exceptional work environment that allows our employees to focus on optimizing the mortgage experience for you. We have built a team of industry-leading mortgage professionals from whom we expect and receive the best. We provide our employees with the tools and lifestyle to help and assist our customers as well as achieve their own personal goals.
Guaranteed Rate is here to help you. Get acquainted with us by going through our website; find useful tools like this daily comparison of interest rates, mortgage calculators and this breakdown explaining the loan process. We're here to help -- and your Loan Officer is ready to answer all your questions and address your concerns. Thank you for visiting our website and considering Guaranteed Rate for your mortgage needs.
Purchasing A New Home
One of the most important steps in buying a new home is securing a home loan – and at Guaranteed Rate, we’re here to make sure everything’s covered so you can focus on your move. The home buying process can seem complex, but with the help of your Guaranteed Rate loan officer, you’ll learn how easy the journey can become. When you speak with your loan officer, you’ll discuss down payment options, your current financial overview, credit history, and long-term goals.
Refinancing A Mortgage
When you refinance your home loan with Guaranteed Rate, you’ll lower your monthly payment and could save thousands of dollars over the life of your loan. In this ever-changing economy, people are looking to save rather than spend – and refinancing your home loan when mortgage rates drop is the fastest, easiest and most rewarding method to lower your monthly costs. Check-out our calculators and see if you could save money now by refinancing. Remember that various market swings affect mortgage interest rates, so stay in constant contact with your loan officer for the latest updates.
For example, say you bought a home last year for $300,000 with a 5% interest rate and carry a remaining balance of $275,000. Your estimated monthly payment would be around $1,476. If you could refinance to a rate of, say, 4.5%, you could potentially obtain a new monthly payment of $1,340. This could lead to a savings of $136 per month -- or up to $8,160 over the next five years!
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