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Real Estate Q&A with Alicia part 9

Lenders schedule of removing bad credit for consumers (Courtesy of Alicia Zhao)
Lenders schedule of removing bad credit for consumers (Courtesy of Alicia Zhao)

Q: I had my past home foreclosed six years ago. Now the foreclosure record no longer shows on my credit report. Can I get a...

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Real Estate Q&A with Alicia #8

Q: Why was my loan rejected, even though I have an excellent credit score? A: Credit scores are one of many factors an underwriter uses to evaluate a loan profile. Here are some of the key factors that could affect …... Read More


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