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Here’s how long it takes to improve your credit score

Here’s how long it takes to improve your credit score

To achieve very good or excellent credit, there are simple things you can do that will have an immediate impact. Here are five tips to get started.

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This was the worst week for mortgage rates in 3 years – and it may be just the beginning

This was the worst week for mortgage rates in 3 years – and it may be just the beginning

The average rate on the 30-year fixed is now 13 basis points higher than it was on Monday and 29 basis points higher than its last low on September 4th, according to Mortgage News Daily.

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Don’t be surprised if that credit score you see is not what your lender actually uses

Don’t be surprised if that credit score you see is not what your lender actually uses

Consumers often discover that the score they check online is different from the number that's used when they apply for a loan.

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Weekly mortgage applications rise as buyer’s market takes hold

Weekly mortgage applications rise as buyer’s market takes hold

Homebuyers are taking advantage of lower mortgage rates and a slow summer for sellers, and that is driving mortgage applications higher. Total mortgage application volume rose 2.0 % last week...

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Average FICO credit score hits all-time high

Average FICO credit score hits all-time high

Average credit scores have steadily ticked higher since the housing crisis a decade ago. Now FICO scores are at an all-time high.

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Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac shares tumble as Treasury overhaul plan disappoints

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac shares tumble as Treasury overhaul plan disappoints

Shares of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac slumped on Friday amid disappointment over a long-awaited U.S. Treasury Department plan to begin recapitalizing the mortgage giants and return them to private...

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Weekly mortgage refinances fall further, despite lower interest rates

Weekly mortgage refinances fall further, despite lower interest rates

Interest rates resumed their retreat last week, but that did not boost mortgage demand. Mortgage application volume decreased 3.1% for the week.

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International investors take a small step back from US commercial real estate

International investors take a small step back from US commercial real estate

International investors became net sellers of commercial real estate this year for the first time since 2012. There was no one country accounting for the change, instead a small pullback in purchases...

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Southern California sees strongest July home sales in four years, thanks to lower mortgage rates

Southern California sees strongest July home sales in four years, thanks to lower mortgage rates

Home sales in Southern California jumped more than 6% in July and were 3.7% higher annually, according to CoreLogic, the highest July volume since 2015.

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Homeowners are sitting on a record amount of cash, but they’re not really tapping it

Homeowners are sitting on a record amount of cash, but they’re not really tapping it

The combination of rising home prices and falling mortgage rates has U.S. homeowners sitting on a veritable fortune in home equity. The collective amount of money borrowers could pull out of their...

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