Credit Card Churning: What is it and Should You be Doing it

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The term credit card churning is relatively new, but the process has been around for years. So, what is credit card churning? It’s the practice of repeatedly opening and closing a credit card to earn its signup bonus over and over. Churners amass tons of reward points or airline miles from credit cards that they have no intention of continuing to use or even keep open. You’ve probably seen ads or even received offers in your email or mailbox from credit cards that offer valuable points, miles, or cash back to new account holders. Most also require you to charge a certain amount of money to the card within a certain period in order to receive the new card bonus.

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Advice from Millennials on How to Buy a House in Your 20s

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If you’ve been paying attention to the real estate trends, you may have heard the Millennials just aren’t buying homes at the same rate as their previous generations. Aside from the simple fact that it’s just not affordable for most, many site reasons like high student debt and low loan availability. Studies show that only 37% of millennials owned homes in 2015 – that’s 8% lower than Gen Xers and Baby Boomers at the same age.

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I messed up my credit. How do I fix it?

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It’s something no one talks about. It’s right up there on the list of taboo items you don’t mention to other people, like your annual income and amount of debt you have or your credit score. The lower it is, the less likely you are to share that number with people. But you’d probably be surprised at how many people have made mistakes and witnessed the swan dive of their credit score. The important thing is to get it fixed as quickly as possible. Continue reading “I messed up my credit. How do I fix it?”

Card limits and why you can’t spend all your money whenever you want to

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Everyone knows that credit cards come with a credit limit, the maximum amount of money you can charge on the card. However, what’s not as widely known, is that credit card issuers don’t intend for you to max out your credit card by charging up to the credit limit. As you come closer to your credit limit, it can start to have negative effects on your credit score.  Love it or not, much depends on the almighty credit score – from buying a home to getting a good rate on insurance and even employment for some professions. Continue reading “Card limits and why you can’t spend all your money whenever you want to”

Your Credit Score – Why you should be checking it often before applying for credit

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If you are like most people, you typically don’t think about your credit score until you are getting ready to apply for credit. But more and more places are using your credit background to determine if you are an ideal and responsible candidate. Employers, landlords, and even insurance companies are now using your credit score to qualify you. On many levels, you are defined by your credit score – like it or not! Continue reading “Your Credit Score – Why you should be checking it often before applying for credit”

How to financially prepare for buying a new home

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The home buying season – typically Spring to early Fall – will be upon us shortly, and if you are in the market for a new home – either as a first-time buyer or seasoned veteran – there are some steps you need to take now to financially prepare. Many people get caught up in just finding the right home without doing the legwork needed to ensure a smooth and swift purchase. Here are a few tips to get you ready for those three lovely words – “Clear to Close”. Continue reading “How to financially prepare for buying a new home”

Mortgage Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval – Know the difference!

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Although they sound interchangeable, a pre-qualification and a pre-approval for a loan are two very, very different processes.  Not understanding the difference can often lead to missed opportunities when you are buying a home. Continue reading “Mortgage Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval – Know the difference!”