|Credit Chat: FYI About Credit|
RETAIL INSTALLMENT SALE. When purchasing retail goods, many people use retail installment contracts. Sometimes on a short term contract this can be an interest-free option, however, pay attention to the contract because if an interest-free period ends and there is a remaining balance, the lender can add the finance charge they would have collected over the "interest-free" period.
REVOLVING CHARGE ACCOUNTS. More commonly called credit card accounts, these allow flexibility by offering a credit line that can be accessed when you wish and by allowing you to pay for a purchase over a flexible period of time.
SIGNATURE LOANS. These are small loans, often under $450, that usually extend over a short duration, offer help for an immediate need, and generally do not involve collateral.
PAWN LOANS. These are one month loans where personal property is actually held by the lender until repayment is made. Should you not pay, the pawnbroker takes ownership of the property; however, this does not negatively affect the borrower's credit record.
SECURED LOANS. These are loans usually in excess of 90 days that are collateralized by personal property. If you default, the lender can take your property.
HOME EQUITY LOANS. These loans are collateralized by your homestead which is pledged in case of default. These loans are larger, have long repayment periods, and generally have lower interest rates. Most often consumers use the funds to consolidate their debt, or to pay some large expense like a child's college education. These loans usually take two forms - either the refinance of the primary mortgage combined with a cash payment to the borrower, or a cash payment to the borrower where an additional mortgage is added. For more information on this type of loan, call (800) 538-1579 for our Home Equity Lending in Texas brochure.
|When choosing your loan product, shop rates, consider repayment terms, understand that property pledged to secure a loan can be lost, and realize that a default on any kind of loan will damage your personal credit rating.|
A 3-day right of rescission only exists when a creditor takes a lien on your home (except for initial purchase) or you sign a contract for a credit in you home. Generally there is no other right of rescission for other transactions, however, there are a few minor exceptions, such as a contract with a health club.
A record is kept by credit bureaus and includes: your name, address, social security number, payment history (good and bad), previous credit amounts, employer, income, and court judgments, and bankruptcy filings. Incorrect information may be removed for free by disputing the information to the credit bureau. If you have been denied credit or believe you are a victim of fraud, you are entitled to a free report. You can request a copy of your credit report from the credit bureaus listed on the back of this brochure; some require a nominal fee.
|Only time and careful planning can restore a damaged credit record to good standing.|
The creditor can use reasonable means to collect the debt which may include reporting nonpayment on your credit record, taking possession of collateral, obtaining a judgment (a court decision directing payment which is reported on a credit record), or turning your debt over to a collection agency.
Collectors cannot lawfully use or threaten violence or other criminal means to harm you, your property or your reputation; use obscene or profane language; publicize your debt; place annoying or repetitive telephone calls; or make anonymous phone calls.
When shopping for credita cash loan, a credit card, any purchasekeep the following in mind:
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