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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.)

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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.

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The fallout for housing and for mortgage continues to change at a quick pace from the Coronavirus. Many are catching their breath from the rapid changes in last couple of weeks. The impact from these changes will be felt primarily for everyone, but especially for those with FICO® scores below 680. All prospective home buyers need to know this information.

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Credit score requirements for mortgages, auto loans, credit cards and other loans are all going up. For those who have excellent FICO scores, there is not a lot to be concerned about. For those with less than excellent FICO scores, the financial impact is even more astonishing. What credit score improvement program gets superior results? Let’s go through them.

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During the Financial Crisis of 2008 and beyond, many homeowners found themselves upside down in their primary residence: they owed more on their mortgage than the value of their home. Lenders came up with a possible solution to offer consumers a loan modification. How did a modification impact their FICO® scores and their finances? There is something critically important to know before anyone goes down this path of skipping mortgage payments.

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There are times when information is disseminated which is just simply not true. CNBC’s Alexandria White’s writes that closing your oldest credit card will not have a substantive impact to your FICO Scores. Let's take a closer look at her analysis and how closing your oldest credit card can impact your FICO® scores.

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(Updated March 20, 2020) With the economy teetering from to the coronavirus, many consumers face declining income from lost hours and even losing their jobs. Some inquire about the possibility of skipping loan payments on their homes or auto from the loss of income. Is this a possibility – and will it impact your credit report / FICO® scores? Let’s take a closer look.

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Interest rates have dropped further over the last few weeks to all-time lows to the surprise of many. As a result, home purchasing power for many prospective home buyers has increased substantially since the beginning of 2020. This is one positive from the market chaos created from the coronavirus.

What a week for interest rates! Rates have taken a wild ride lower over the last several months. This week however, rates have broken through new lows. The 10 year treasury bond hit historical lows on Friday, February 28 at 1.13%. This historical rate drop gives a generational opportunity for many homeowners to lower their monthly payments. What opportunity is there for consumers? Let’s take a look.

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My Credit Plan has released its 2019 results – and it shows phenomenal success. The average Classic FICO® score increased 53 points for those who enrolled into My Credit Plan during 2019 – which means an improvement between 2 to 3 grades better in mortgage and auto loan terms. That is a lot of money saved by lower interest rates and fees.