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Rebuilding Credit Wants to Buy Home This morning I received an email from a reader who is re-establishing his credit history and interested in buying a home next year. Hello Ross, I need your help on credit building. I think everyone’s situation is unique, in my case I have paid all collections but there is...
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Consumers spend too much on housing In our zeal to qualify for a mortgage, we strive to meet the debt service ratios used by all major mortgage lenders. The rule of thumb the lenders use is your mortgage payments, property taxes and heating bills should be less than 32% of your gross monthly household income....
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7 secrets about credit 1)   Your credit score changes all the time You can check your own credit score at either Equifax or Trans Union’s website. The report will remain available to you online for a month – but remember, it is changing all the time, as new information is collected and sent to the reporting...
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Build and maintain an amazing credit history When the time comes to borrow money (buy a car, buy your first home, sign a rental agreement, etc.) you will be offered the best terms and lowest interest rates if your credit score sings like an angel. And if you ever find yourself in financial stress or...
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Rebuild credit score during consumer proposal This is another question in the Ask Ross series where you can ask me anything about personal finances. If you have a question for me ask here. This question comes from William who is paying down his consumer proposal and trying to rebuild his credit at the same time....
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Credit score needs a quick increase Hi Ross, I have a client who wants to close a couple of NEW credit card accounts for the purpose of adjusting their overall credit balance to credit limit ratio. Is that a good idea? Don’t close the cards unless a lender insists. The quickest fix bar none is...
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Can Credit Cards be Cheaper Than a Line of Credit? Sometimes people ask me how they can arrange an unsecured personal line of credit. (PLC) Their reasons for a PLC are usually along the lines of a lower interest rate, no annual fees, reasonable repayment conditions, and potentially higher limits. These days it is actually pretty tough for a...
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Dear Ross, we are looking around for our first home, and we want to know how much mortgage we will qualify for. If we ask for a pre-approval, will you have to check our credit history? Is that a ‘hard inquiry’, and will it reduce our score? Yes, if we do a formal request for...
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