Late mortgage payments hit credit score hard

(Flickr photo by photosteve101)

When a homeowner is purchasing the next home and needs a mortgage, any payment slips during the previous 12 months is bound to cause pain.

As North Shore Advisory, a credit restoration company, notes in a recent  newsletter:

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14 ways you can help or hurt your credit score

Think twice before opening new account.  (Flickr photo by Alan Cleaver)

You’re in a department store, and the sales _____ (clerk, assistant, team member, associate — your choice) offers you an extra 20 percent off if you open a charge account at the establishment.

Good deal, you think, especially if the purchase adds up.

Maybe, but only if you don’t place a high value on having a high credit score.

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