Posts Tagged: ‘Credit Scores’

Credit Scores Hit Record High as Economy Continues to Improve

June 2, 2017 Posted by kingcade

U.S. consumers’ credit scores reached a record high this spring thanks to falling unemployment and continued economic growth. An added bonus: The passage of time since the recession and housing market crash has helped many household balance sheets. Bankruptcies and foreclosures are now falling off Americans’ credit reports.

More than six million U.S. adults will have personal bankruptcies disappear over the next five years, according to a recent Barclays PLC report. Wiping away these events helps boost consumers’ credit scores. Lenders rely on both credit reports and scores when qualifying consumers for loans and determining interest rates.

The higher scores lead to more available credit and more activity in terms of loan approvals and credit card approvals. The average credit score nationwide was 700 in April, according to data from Fair Isaac Corp.  Average credit scores have not been that high since 2005.

The share of consumers deemed to be the most risky, with credit scores below 600, hit a new low of roughly 40 million, or 20% of U.S. adults who have FICO scores. That is a decline from 20.5% in October and a peak of 25.5% in 2010.

Consumers who filed in 2007 for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, the most common type of bankruptcy, in which certain debts are discharged and creditors can get paid back from sales of consumers’ assets are starting to see those events fall off their credit reports. Some 500,000 Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases were filed in 2007, a figure that ballooned to nearly 1.1 million in 2010, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

As credit scores rise, banks and other lenders are likely to make credit more widely available to consumers, and at a lower cost. Consumers who have a bankruptcy filing removed from their credit report experience a near $1,500 increase in spending limits and $800 more in credit-card debt within three years, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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If you are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

 

Consumer Credit Scores to Exclude Some Debt and Liens Starting July 1st

March 17, 2017 Posted by kingcade

The nation’s three largest credit-reporting agencies will soon exclude tax liens and some civil debts from their reports. The change by Equifax, Experian and TransUnion will take effect July 1st. According to the Consumer Data Industry Association, it is part of a plan to ensure that consumer identifications in the data are accurate and current.

The provision is likely to improve millions of American’s credit scores. If reports on those tax liens and civil debts do not include the consumers’ names, addresses and Social Security number, they will not be reported.  Additionally, the records will not be included without courthouse visits to obtain newly filed and updated public records at least every 90 days.

However, there are some controversies surrounding the changes. Although they are likely to help consumers appear more credit-worthy, the updated policies could potentially make loan-screening more difficult for lenders.

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If you are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

 

Miami Ranked As One of the Worst Major U.S. Cities for Managing Money

July 28, 2016 Posted by kingcade

CreditCards.com recently ranked the nation’s cities in terms of money management by comparing credit scores and an index of U.S. Census Bureau data including: average income, education level, unemployment rate and the population ages of the 25 largest cities. According to the report, Miami ranked as one of the worst major cities in the country for managing their money. In fact, Miami came in 22nd. Tampa ranked 23rd on the list with Washington, D.C. at 24th and Baltimore at 25th. Los Angeles was ranked as the best city in the nation at money management, followed by Minneapolis as second and New York as third.

In order to rank the cities, the report focused on which city residents were paying their bills on time, keeping low credit card balances and not “over-applying” for credit, according to CreditCards.com senior industry analyst Matt Schulz. The original theory was that the older, richer and more educated residents would have higher credit scores, however, the data proved that factors such as cost of living, divorce rate and mobility level greatly impacted scores.

For example, although the Washington D.C. residents brought home a larger annual income than most cities, they also carried significantly higher credit card balances than other cities.

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If you are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Millions of Americans are making a Come Back after the Housing Crisis

July 8, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Millions of Americans who lost their homes to foreclosure during the housing crisis are now getting a second chance at home ownership.  Fortunately for our nation’s economy, time heals credit reports. The improvement in credit scores means more Americans will have the ability and means to once again apply for loans, and not just home loans.

“Improving credit scores might entice households to start borrowing more in general,” said Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist at real estate search engine Trulia.

That, combined with an improved rate of employment and bigger increases in pay, could give consumer spending, which accounts for almost 70 percent of the U.S. economy, an increase over the next couple of years.

The number of consumers with a new foreclosure added to their credit reports peaked at about 566,000 in the second quarter of 2009, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

The home ownership rate for consumers who are 35 to 44 years old, which includes members of the generation most hurt by the housing crisis, has risen for two straight quarters on a year-over-year basis, U.S. Census data show.  That is the first time this has happened in two years and another sign some of the previously foreclosed-upon buyers are returning to the market.

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Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified Miami foreclosure defense attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. Miami foreclosure defense attorney Timothy Kingcade has helped many facing foreclosure alleviate their stress by letting them stay in their homes for at least another year, allowing them to re-organize their lives. If you have any questions on the topic of foreclosure please feel free to contact me at (305) 285-9100. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

As the Economy Improves, Many South Floridians are Repairing their Credit Scores

March 22, 2013 Posted by kingcade

Florida was one of the hardest hit states when the housing market crashed in 2008. As a result, many residents lost their jobs, lost their homes and were forced to file for bankruptcy protection. However, many South Floridians have made progress in repairing their credit scores since the recession. Approximately 40,000 people in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties raised their credit scores to 620 or above in just one year. A credit score above 620 removes the individual from the Subprime or Risky category, meaning that they are more likely to be approved for credit cards, auto loans, mortgages, etc. Not only is it easier to be approved for a loan once you are out of the Subprime category, but it also enables you to get lower interest rates.

According to Equifax, South Florida is second only to the Los Angeles metro area in the number of people who have improved their once sub-prime credit scores in the year that ended September 30, 2012. In January, the average credit score for the three counties was 645, which is only three points below the national average. Much of South Florida’s successful recovery can be attributed to the large number of mortgage lenders that are trying to help out the community. Companies such as The Mortgage Firm, provide free counseling to help people improve their credit scores. As a result, many South Floridians have been approved for mortgage loans in as little as two years after filing for bankruptcy and as little as three years after a foreclosure.

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If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.