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My Credit Plan is the nation's leading FICO® Score improvement program with an average score improvement of 73 points! If you want to increase your FICO scores, set up an account today and start your credit score journey to higher levels! There is a minimal charge for services. My Credit Plan and its blog is operated by Family Financial Education Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit credit counseling agency. This blog offers many unique insights from direct research. My Credit Plan's blog and website are designed to help you find the correct answers to many of your questions, explain why, correct misinformation, and identify solutions to improve your FICO scores. Let’s go! (Information referenced on this blog must be sourced.)

There are a few credit scores improvement programs available to consumers. Which program is better for you? Which credit score improvement program offers superior results. At the midyear of 2020, My Credit Plan exceeds other programs such as Experian's Boost. Let's take a look.

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Several months ago, I addressed the biggest mistake most homebuyers make. This mistake costs many homebuyers thousands of dollars. You can click on that blog here: https://mycreditplan.org/Blog/the-most-costliest-home-buyer-mistake   There is another – the second biggest mistake - that most homebuyers make. It is nearly as costly as the first one. It is following incorrect advice from those (mainly loan officers) that really do not know the correct answers to your credit situation. It is sometimes innocent, but it also involves laziness and a "how dare you question me!" type attitude prevalent among lenders. It is your money and don’t you want to fight for a lower monthly mortgage or auto loan payment? In most cases, lenders will not do it. This hidden, but substantial problem, costs many homebuyers thousands of dollars.

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There is one issue that lowers your FICO scores for as long as a Chapter 7 bankruptcy – up to ten years. It is not a late payment, a judgement, or a tax lien. It has nothing to do with utilization ratios or on-time payments. What is it?

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Discover card advertises to check your FICO score and review their “Credit Scorecard” on the Discover Card website. They say it is for free – which is enticing for everyone. The ad says that FICO scores are used by over 90% of lenders. However, this is where Discover Card deceives consumers.

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When you cry “Fire”, you expect there is a fire. When you cry “Wolf”, you expect a predator is coming. The VantageScore created a major crisis this week that reached all the way to the White House. Unfortunately, there was no crisis, no fire, no wolf. It was all about nothing. This is a big one. Congratulations Vantage Score, you got millions of consumers excited and upset all about nothing. Nothing!

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David increased his FICO score 85 points in just 23 days while refinancing his mortgage. This increase saved him $2,909 on his refinance. How did he do it?

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Janet had to increase her mid-FICO® score three points to qualify for a mortgage. Her Equifax FICO score was 646, her Experian FICO score was 637, and her TransUnion FICO score was 631. She opened a new account that lowered her TransUnion FICO Score to 627, while also raising her Experian FICO Score to 643. (Her Equifax FICO Score stayed unchanged), She now qualified for a mortgage with her 643 mid-FICO Score. Why are your 3 FICO Scores different? This is a very good question.

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2020 has seen strong results for new clients of My Credit Plan (MCP). Average score improvement for those enrolled during the first quarter of 2020 (from January 1 to March 31) is 29 FICO® points higher. This continues to lead Experian’s Boost® (12 points average increase) and Creditxpert® (27 points point increase). 

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Too many “uninformed” loan officers have told thousands of homeowners and media that skipping your mortgage payment (from the coronavirus) will not impact your credit. The only basis for this statement comes from a few politicians and some loan officers who have said that since lenders will not report 30-day or more late payments to the credit bureaus, skipping payments will not lower your scores. They have little understanding about FICO Scores and no authority to speak for lenders. In his report, KUTV’s Michael Locklear (CBS - Salt Lake City, Utah) identifies the potential dangers from skipping your mortgage payments.

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Several car dealerships are offering deferred car payments for up to six months. Sounds like an opportunity for many to buy a new car or truck – right? Purchase a new car and no payments for six months. How can anything go wrong or put anyone in a bad financial situation? Let’s take a look behind the scenes.