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10 Things a good credit score can get you.

Your credit score is just a number, right? I mean, how important can it be to your finances?

You know what else is just a number? Your bank balance, the amount you owe in debt, how much income you earn, and even at what age you’ll retire!

In fact, your credit score is more important than ever for nearly every aspect of your finances.

To prove it, we’ll cover ten things that you’ll get with a good credit score:

1. House
So, you finally want to achieve the American Dream by owning your own home? Well, if you’re like most people, you’ll need to obtain a mortgage to buy that home, and a good credit score will vastly help you qualify. In fact, the higher your score, the more loan options will be available to you and the lower your interest rate generally will be. The good news is that there are loans, like those guaranteed by the FHA, that can help lower-credit borrowers, but a high FICO will definitely come in handy.

2. Lower credit card interest rates
The average credit card interest rate in the U.S. is now around 14.99%, but that climbs to a lofty 24.9% when we look at credit card holders with lower credit scores. We’re also spending a LOT on our credit cards again, as the U.S. balance is now approaching $1 trillion! Increase your credit score and you’ll start saving significant money on your credit cards, almost immediately.

3. Business, personal, school.
Are you starting a business? Taking out a personal loan from the bank? Or even applying for student loans (which is now higher than both credit card and auto debt in the U.S.)? If so, a great credit score will be a huge help along the way.

4. Renting
Even if you can’t afford to buy your own home, you’ll have to live somewhere, and that means renting. As part of the initial application, you better believe that landlords check credit score these days for prospective tenants.

5. Lower insurance premiums
A lot of people don’t realize this, but insurance carriers actually cross reference credit scores of their policyholders (along with plenty of other factors) and assign higher premiums to those with low scores.

6. A better budget
If your credit score could magically go from 550 to 750 (and it CAN – it’s just not magic), you’d realize some incredible savings across most line items on your monthly budget. Add it all up and that savings could come to $100, $250, or even $500 a month!

7. Favorable utility and cell phones
Yes, even your utility providers check your credit score now, as they look to avert defaults. If you’ve walked into a cell phone store and asked to open an account then you know that the AT&T, Verizon, and others check credit, too.

8. More savings + less debt
With that new and improved budget, things are finally turning around for you financially. With extra disposable income every month, you can now afford to put some aside for savings every month and, most importantly, start paying down your debt. That’s when you REALLY start realizing more money in your pocket.

9. Dream job
Wait, a good credit score can get me a job? Well, not necessarily, but a bad credit score can certainly ruin your chance of landing your dream position! In fact, more than half of all employers do credit checks on their applicants these days and some, like in financial services, definitely will want a clean credit history and solid score before inking you to a new employment contract.

10. Financial security
Lower credit card rates, becoming a homeowner, paying off debt, saving for emergencies, and landing a new job all mean one thing: you’ve finally broken through the frustration, hard times, and penny-pinching that your low credit score brought. Studies show that consumers with good credit scores have a net worth that’s roughly 12-times that of low-scorers, and that’s no accident!

Are you ready to get these ten things a good credit score will bring you? We’re prepared to help with a free credit report and consultation, so contact us today!

How mortgage lenders (or consumers!) can quickly raise a borrower’s credit score.

In recent years, the housing market has benefited from historically-low interest rates, widely accessible to most homebuyers and homeowners even if they didn’t have the highest credit scores.

However, times are ‘a changing, and with interest rate hikes and storm clouds on the economic horizon, it’s not unrealistic to think that we may see a market – and financial – tightening within a couple of years. While loan officers and mortgage brokers have their fingers on the pulse of these changes as they occur, there is one thing that will return to relevancy: credit score.

In fact, when a borrower or home buyer comes to you and applies for a loan, the difference between a 720, 680, or 620 FICO will make a huge difference in what loan programs they get approved for, and the interest rate. Furthermore, your clients will be able to afford more home when buying, save a lot when refinancing, and generally have better options.

But you don’t want to wait six months to a year to organically improve their credit score (nor will they wait around!). Luckily, we have some tactics and strategies that can help improve a consumer’s credit score in short order. In this blog, we’ll bring you the first five strategies, and look for the next five in our upcoming blog.

And you can always contact Nationwide Credit Clearing for more information on how to improve your credit score (or your client’s score) quickly!

1. Pay down balances quickly.
We know that the ratio of your debt to total available credit – called credit utilization ratio – makes up about 30 percent of your credit score. Therefore, people with maxed out credit cards or high debt loads compared to their available credit will see their scores steadily sinking.

So, the first thing you want to do when improving your credit score is to pay down as much debt as possible.

It’s important to get your credit utilization ratio below 30 percent (so you only owe $3,000 or less on a credit card with a $10,000 available balance). Credit experts even suggest keeping a utilization ratio of 10% or less to achieve a great credit score. However, don’t go all the way to 0% because it won’t show an established payment history they can use in their calculations (since you won’t have any payment).

2. Call today and request a credit line increase.
Don’t have enough money sitting around to pay down your credit balances enough to raise your scores? Another sneaky-good way to improve your credit utilization ratio – without paying down one cent of debt – is to increase your total available credit. For instance, let’s say you had a $10,000 credit line but owed $4,000 (so your utilization ratio was 40 percent).

Instead of paying down your debt, if you could get the credit card company to increase your available limit to $15,000 from 10k, your utilization ratio just went down to about 27 percent – and your score would go up! To do this, simply call the credit card company or lender and make your case over the phone and they’ll either approve or deny your request or approve a lesser increase.

3. Remove authorized-user accounts that are hurting their score ASAP.
Many times, a borrower agrees to become an authorized user on someone else’s credit account to help that person qualify for the loan, whether it’s a credit card, an auto loan, or even a business obligation. However, if that person misses a payment or otherwise mismanages that account, the borrower’s negative hit will affect your credit score, too. Thankfully, it’s easy for us to help your borrower remove themselves from the credit account in question. It usually only takes a call to the credit card company or bank with a formal request that they’re removed from the account, as well as the item deleted from their credit report, removing the negative reporting item and improving their score.

4. Consolidate accounts – virtually overnight.
A good number of consumers find themselves with multiple credit cards or accounts from the same bank. Even if the name on the card is different. By consolidating these multiple accounts with the same parent company into one, it may help their credit score take a big jump forward. That’s the case especially if they can consolidate a newer account with an older one, which will then report as a well-seasoned account. However, we do need to carefully mind their credit utilization rate to make sure this move will positively impact their score, but it can really assist some borrowers, virtually overnight.

5. Dispute any errors or bad information on your credit report.
Most people don’t realize that credit reports often contain mistakes, misreporting, duplicate items, or outdated information. All of these things may be lowering your score, but they can also be removed. Start by contacting Nationwide Credit Clearing for a copy of your credit report, and we’ll help you review it carefully for any errors or inaccuracies.

By reviewing it line-by-line, we’ll be able to highlight inaccuracies or items that are lowering your score. Remember that there are three major credit bureaus and they each may report different information, so it might be a good idea to check all three. Look for errors on larger accounts first, length of history, payments reporting on time, and that your balances are accurate.

The last step is formally disputing each inaccuracy or error with each of the credit bureaus, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, separately. They are legally obligated to get back to you in a certain amount of time with proof that the information you’re disputing is correct – or they have to change it or remove it.

If you have more questions about improving a borrower’s credit score quickly, contact Nationwide Credit Clearing for a free credit report and consultation.

What impact do late payments have on your Credit Score?


Making late payments on your, mortgage, credit cards or loans will affect your overall credit health as well as hurt your credit score. Regardless of how late you pay, even one day late will count against you. Generally speaking, if your bills are not paid on or before the due date, this could affect you in the long haul.

Late Payments: How they Affect Your Credit

Banks as well as issuers consider the history of your payments especially after evaluating your overall credit risk & deciding if they should or should not approve you for the loan. A lengthy history of payments (on-time ) demonstrates that you are a reliable & responsible borrower.
However, a lengthy history of late payments will suggest that you are not qualified nor responsible to borrow money from a bank.  The inability to be reliable is a huge red flag to banking institutions, and here are just a few things that can easily occur when you pay late.


Making late payments is a habit that could end in more damaging credit actions.
If you neglect an account until it is sent to collections or becomes delinquent, that will play a huge factor in your credit score drop. An account in collections may remain on your credit report for 7 years & cause more damage than a single late payment.

What to Do if You Have Late Payments on your Credit Report

A Simple Solution!

Credit Repair.  Credit Repair is the process of identifying, disputing, and monitoring negative information on your credit report.  Nationwide Credit Clearing has been helping people all over the US delete negative information from their credit past.  Whether you have late payments, medical bills, or even bankruptcy, Nationwide Credit can help you get back to a state of healthy Credit.

Contact Nationwide Credit Clearing for your free credit report and consultation today.

Nationwide Credit Clearing

2336 N. Damen
First Floor
Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: 773-862-7700
Toll Free: 877-334-3296
Fax: 773-862-7703
E-Mail: support@mynationwidecredit.com


Department Stores Credit Cards. Good or Bad Idea?


This video explains why it’s important not to be fooled by department store discounts given to people just for opening up a new card. Todd Stern, founder of Nationwide Credit Clearing, explains “I do not advise people opening several credit cards just to get discounts” 

Tips: if you do ask them if you can charge it on your main credit card which they WILL SAY YES.
Then wait a few days and call to cancel.
How to Score:
Get your 10% and be done. You don’t want to have several open credit cards it leads to nothing but confusion and possible late payments.
The Bottom Line:
Too many open cards will decrease your credit score and increase your debt.

Already have too many?
Contact Nationwide Credit Clearing for your free credit report and consultation today.
Nationwide Credit Clearing
2336 N. Damen
First Floor
Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: 773-862-7700
Toll Free: 877-334-3296
Fax: 773-862-7703
E-Mail: support@mynationwidecredit.com

Can I get a Home Loan with Bad Credit?

The answer is: YES

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To be quite honest, though, it’s not going to be easy to get a loan if:

  • Your Credit Score is Low
  • You Have Late Payments
  • Derogatory Items on your Credit Report
  • Excess Debt
  • Anything else Related

Don’t get discouraged because there is a solution. Depending on your personal situation, it may take some work on your part to make your dreams happen, but for piece of mind, even if your credit is bad, the possibility of getting approved for a mortgage is there.  You just have to take the correct steps and actions that will allow you to get approved.  Below is some interesting information:


Short Sale

If you have recently or in the past been denied for a mortgage, Nationwide Credit Clearing can help.  We have been helping people remove negative items from credit reports for over 20 years.  If a mortgage broker has a client that cannot get approved, often times they will send their client to Nationwide Credit Clearing, we will take the appropriate actions to help increase their client’s score, and send them right back through the approval process knowing that this time the end result will be different.  

Just as well, if you are looking into getting a home loan, but are not in the process because you are afraid you may get denied, you will want to contact Nationwide Credit Clearing initially.  We offer absolutely free no obligation credit report and consultations for all new or potential clients.

If you or someone you know is having a hard time getting approved for a home loan, contact us today.  

After all, we are ” The home of the free Credit Report and Consultation”

Nationwide Credit Clearing

2336 N. Damen
First Floor
Chicago, IL 60647

Phone: 773-862-7700
Toll Free: 877-334-3296
Fax: 773-862-7703
E-Mail: support@mynationwidecredit.com


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Own up to your Credit : Good or Bad

We all have made major mistakes either currently or in the past, especially when it’s regarding Money, Credit and Financial well being. Understand how you can set your self on a more effective financial route by owning up to most of your undesirable $$$ mistakes.

No one’s perfect – particularly when you are looking at managing your hard earned dollars. As you may always keep track of your funds, budget intelligently & spend well now, you may have made some significant money errors while you were young. Since having money does not  come with an owner’s manual, you may have had lackadaisical spending ways or went wild with credit before you smartened up & began taking money as serious as you need to. Still, those past sins may come directly back to haunt you .. by way of creditors or really low credit scores. Your best bet would be to face money concerns head-on & compensate for those missteps before you can move on to more positive spending patterns in the future.

While confronting financial mistakes from your past, it is easy to turn a blind eye and hope they simply go away. However when you must pay back money or go into default on loans, not just are those creditors still looking to get paid, it will probably affect your long-term ability to secure funding & have what we like to call, Financial Freedom, in the near future. Rather, gather up all of your statements and read through them with a microscope to give you a general picture of which mistakes you’ve created & which can be easily rectified with a little bit of knowledge as well as hard work.

Understanding your credit is crucial.

So is a great score.

Get your credit report & Consultation NOW.  Why wait?  Call Today!

Nationwide Credit Clearing
2336 N. Damen
First Floor
Chicago, IL 60647

Phone: 773-862-7700
Toll Free: 877-334-3296
Fax: 773-862-7703