Alexus wanted better credit to apply for loans and grow her business. During the year since joining Kikoff, Alexus’ credit score jumped from the low 600s up to 720. She dramatically increased her credit limit, and cut her APR in half.
“When you take control of your credit, you can take control of your life.” John is 33 years old and works in operations at Microsoft. He lives in Atlanta, and is planning on applying for mortgage loans this summer. When John realized that good credit could save him money, he got his first credit card […]
When Illianna was 18, she got her first credit card and ended up racking up debt and missed payments. She joined Kikoff last June to repair her credit. After less than a year, Illianna’s score has jumped up almost 200 points–up to 620.
We help you with three crucial factors that determine your credit: payment history, credit utilization, and average account age.
The best money lesson I have ever learned is the power of compound interest. Most of the world underestimates the power of compound interest and usually don’t understand it. In simple terms, your money grows exponentially instead of linearly.
If you’re thinking seriously about your financial future, you’re already miles ahead of the crowd. Still, it can be tricky to know how to get started. One thing you can do immediately is to get smarter about saving your nickels. Here are four quick ways to start saving more money.
May I start by saying welcome to the club? No, you are not a bad person. We all do the comparison act, especially when it comes to friends and their money.
At the beginning of the year, everyone was eager to make a list of new year’s resolutions. We believe that we’re gonna follow through with them and change our entire lifestyle, right? Well usually that isn’t the case. In fact, around 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. You must be thinking, what do I do now?
So you want to be rich (or, like, pay your bills, have some fun, and start saving) — but aren’t sure how to get there. Here’s a secret: build smart, simple habits.
What does it even mean to be “Credit Invisible”? 26 million consumers in the U.S. have no credit history. Being credit invisible means that you have no credit history with one of the 3 nationwide credit reporting companies: Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. In the U.S., 26 million consumers fall into the “credit invisible” category. Is […]
Does “Good Debt” even exist? Debt that occurs from careless spending can do nothing but harm you, but justifiable loans can enhance your quality of life. The words ‘good’ and ‘debt’ don’t seem like they would belong together. However, big purchases such as buying a car or a home are not often done without taking […]
Need a refersher on credit scores? Check out our previous post: “What is a credit score?” Credit scores can be confusing to understand and difficult to optimize: mixing account types, balancing credit utilization, improving payment history, and understanding technical terms. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. Instead, it can be helpful to start by understanding why […]
So you’re ready to rent an apartment – but maybe you’re worried about landlords checking your credit. What credit score do they require, and will you pass? Landlords take a big risk when they rent an apartment. They want to know their tenant is financially responsible and more likely to pay rent than default on […]
Your credit score may vary based on who provides the score, the data on which it’s based on, and how it is calculated. Knowing your score and what affects it can greatly prepare you for building your credit score.