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Get Ready For Your Credit To Get Tightened Up!

May 13, 2008
That's right! Right now we are facing a record level of homes in foreclosure, declining home values, increased unemployment, increased interest rates on credit cards, and more scrutinizing of home loan applications by lenders. Heck, you may already be facing these problems right now!

Home values in certain parts of the United States continue to decline. The subprime mess has created a record number of home owners who are unable to make their loan payments. This is due to the acceleration of their loan payment based on their adjustable interest rates changing the amount of payment they would be making on their loan. In many cases this leaves the homeowner with the inability to make their payment placing them in a financial bind. It's gotten so bad that some lenders with the urging of our government, are trying to assist some homeowners in negotiating a better loan payment to make their payment more affordable. Some homeowners may qualify for these particular programs provided by lenders. However, other homeowners will not qualify for these programs leaving them in a financial bind and with the possibility of losing their home.

Did you know that in the midst of the problems we are currently having, that if you have home equity line of credit, you may be stopped from using your line of credit by your lender! That's right, the line of credit you have, may not be available to you. Some lenders have tightened up credit so much that they have decided for some homeowners they will either hold, suspend or reduce their line of credit. So if you have a home equity line of credit you may want to take a look at following up with your lender if you are concerned whether or not this will affect you.

Have you noticed whether or not the interest rates for your credit cards have increased? If your interest rate has changed you may want to contact your credit card company to find out why your interest rate has increased. If your rate has been increased by your credit card company, see if you can get the company to reduce your rate. Just keep in mind that you may be more successful in doing this if you make your payments timely and you maintain good credit. It is also important to ensure that you pay all of your bills on time. In some instances, your interest rate for your credit cards may increase if you do not pay your other bills on time. Beware, your creditors are looking at this as well! If you have been paying your bills on time and maintain good credit and your lender refuses to reduce your interest rate, you may want to consider checking other credit card companies interest rates. If you can find a lower rate you may want to consider going with the lower interest rate for that particular credit card company.

Overall, just beware that times are tougher out there and your credit is being looked at more and more by your lenders. Just stay on top of your credit by paying your bills on time, securing all of your credit reports(from the three credit bureaus) annually and communicate with your lender if you are having problems making your payments or need their assistance.
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