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What's The Difference Between Your Credit Report And Credit Score?
After a recent story on what's coming in credit cards this year, a reader noted the distinction between a credit report and a credit score.

Anyone can get a free credit report each year from the three nationwide consumer reporting companies.

But if you want your score, you'll have to pay.

Refinance Volume Surges as 30 Year Hits Record Low
While many areas of the country continue to suffer from falling home prices, some real estate markets are forecasted to see appreciation this year.

During the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2012, home values are expected to increase more than 3 percent in the strongest U.S. markets.

But struggling markets can expect to see as much as 6 percent depreciation this year.

Refis Dry Up Housing Supply in Santa Fe
Lower interest rates have boosted homeownership in Santa Fe, N.M.

But they also have reduced sales inventory as more families refinance and stay put.

"A lot of times if it's being refinanced, it comes off the market," said Victoria Murphy, a broker with Santa Fe Properties who serves as president-elect of the Santa Fe Association of Realtors.

Credit Executive Says Scores Have Fallen 20-30 Points Over Past Year
Getting out of debt is one of the more popular New Year's resolutions.

And frankly, rebuilding credit should be at the top of the list in 2012.

Too many credit scores took fairly big hits during the recession, as people paid bills late or not at all.

How to Improve Credit Score
When you try to lose weight, one of the first things you need to do is hop on the scale and get a real number.

Painful as it is, you must get the real score when you're tackling your debt, too.

So we're starting our dozen ideas for 2012 by suggesting that it's time to know what you owe.


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