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This one cuts to the heart of what lenders really want to know: “Are you going to pay your bills?” says Francis Creighton, president and CEO o…

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These are the two worst items you can have on your credit history — and both will give future lenders pause, says Griffin.

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“A high balance, as compared to the credit limit on your cards, is the second most important factor on your credit score,” says Griffin.

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When you co-sign a credit card or a loan, the entire debt goes on your credit report. So, as far as lenders are concerned, you’re carrying tha…

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“Cash advances, in many cases, indicate desperation,” Ulzheimer says. “You’re generally borrowing from Peter to pay Paul.”

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This one won’t so much scare lenders as cause them to take a second look at what’s going on in your financial life, says Griffin.

Expectations are high that this summer will be a time of economic growth for the United States. Earlier this month, AAA anticipated that 47.7 million Americans will travel from July 1-5. That’s a 40% jump from 2020 (34.2 million) and nearly marks a return to the prepandemic 2019 volume. More than 90% of Fourth of July travel this year is expected to take place by car, AAA added.

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