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Sep 11

Simple Tips To Keep Your FICO High

For today's home buyers and refinancing households, the value of "good credit" has never been higher. Mortgage approvals hinge on your FICO score, as does your final mortgage pricing. If you're shopping for a home in DC , therefore, or contemplating a refinance, be aware of how everyday credit behaviors can affect your FICO. Even small events can make a big impact. Here are some common-sense steps to help improve your credit score. First, keep a "cushion" on your credit cards. 30 … [Read more...]

Nov 09

This Holiday Season, Think Twice Before Saving 15 Percent At The Register

With Halloween behind us, retailers are in the Holiday Spirit. Businesses know that consumers spent a median $556 on holiday gifts last year and they want this year to be just as strong. That's why it's barely November and, already, Black Friday ads clog our mailboxes and the airwaves. Retailers want our dollars and they're offering great deals to early shoppers. There's one discount a smart shopper should think twice, however -- the ever-present "Open A Charge Card Today And Save 15%" … [Read more...]

Sep 08

After A Pause, Mortgage Guidelines Resume Tightening

Mortgage guidelines appear to be tightening with the nation's largest banks. In its quarterly survey to senior loan officers nationwide, the Federal Reserve uncovered that a small, but growing, portion of its member banks is making mortgage approvals more scarce for "prime" borrowers. A prime borrower is described as one with a well-documented payment history, high credit scores, and a low monthly debt-to-income ratio. Of the 53 responding "big banks", 3 reported that mortgage … [Read more...]