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April 2015 Archives

How does bankruptcy affect the applying for student loans?

If a resident of Pennsylvania would like to borrow money to attend school but has filed for bankruptcy in the past, chances are good that they will still be able to receive a student loan. Although declaring bankruptcy does not look good on a credit report, doing this does not disqualify individuals from applying for all types loans.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy and walking away from a home

Individuals in Pennsylvania who are filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy may wonder what will happen if they find that they still cannot keep up their mortgage payments. Usually, people file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy when they make too much money to file for Chapter 7.

Private Pennsylvania student loans and bankruptcy regulations

It is a common misconception among Pennsylvania students that all types of student loan debt are inescapable through bankruptcy. However, laws that protect other types of student loans from being discharged do not protect many private student loans. In fact, some private loan debt may be cleared away within 90 days of filing for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Options for customers when credit card companies increase rates

Pennsylvania residents may be concerned about the recently announced interest rate increases for American Express cardholders. While it is legal for the company to raise their rates, there are certain guidelines that credit card issuers must follow. The CARD Act, which was signed in 2009, changed the way credit card companies can do business and gave consumers several protections.

4 strategies for reducing credit card debt

Buying on credit has become the norm for Pennsylvanians. Nationally, the average person holds over $2700 in credit card debt. Unfortunately, with interest rates ranging from 13 percent to 20 percent annually, items purchased on credit can end up costing up to three times their value.

Monitoring credit reports for inaccuracies

As many Pennsylvania residents may know, making payments on time and using credit judiciously influences its availability in the future. It may determine whether purchasing a motor vehicle or a new home with credit is possible. Before extending credit, lenders examine credit reports, and an uncomplimentary entry may make the difference between receiving a loan or not.

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