You might know your credit score isn't ideal, but do you really know how high it needs to be, or how having less than a 600 score affects your life? Credit scores are a lot more than three little numbers on a screen. They have real-world consequences, and unfortunately, many people don't know how to raise their score after it dips. Luckily, Lexington Law's lawyers do.

Lexington Law's team of legal experts will identify the negative line items on your credit report (this could be a late bill, missed interest payment, or more) that are bringing your score down. Then they'll put the law on your side, working to erase those negative line items by negotiating directly with your creditors. Once the line items are erased, your score goes up!

So, you've got less than a 600 or 650 credit score. What does that really mean for your day to day life? Here are the long term effects bad credit you may not have known about.

It Can Make Owning Or Renting A Home Impossible

Landlords can and do run your credit report, and often refuse to rent to people with scores below 650. If you're looking into a mortgage, you might get denied because of bad credit, and if you do get approved you could end up paying thousands more every year from jacked up rates.

It Will Cost You $ By Increasing Your Rates

It's not uncommon for interest rates on credit cards to reach as high as 22% and auto loans to reach 15%. That means you're going to be paying more, sometimes thousands more a year, on your car and credit card interest just because of your credit score.

It Could Keep You From Getting Hired For That Dream Job

Few people know that there is a federal law in place that allows employers to research your credit history and score. That means your loans, credit card debt, credit score, negative line items on your credit report, and more are visible to your employer! A survey from the Society for Human Resources Management found that nearly half of all employers conduct credit checks.

You Can Get Denied Future Credit Cards

Everyone needs a credit card for those emergencies: an unexpected illness if you have to relocate to a hotel for a few days after a natural disaster. But if you have bad credit, you won't be eligible for a credit card, and that can put you and your family in danger.

Lexington Law's lawyers have helped thousands of people raise their credit score and improve their lives. They're passionate about finding a plan that will work with your unique credit situation, and even have a dashboard on their website where you can easily access information about your credit, and see how it changes during the months Lexington Law is working for you. Start by following this link or call 833-335-5639—it could be the first step to making a real change in your life.

Call anytime between 7am and 11:59pm EST to get your free credit report and score!

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Over two years into the most momentous event in our lives the world has changed forever … Some of us have PTSD from being locked up at home, some are living like everything’s going to end tomorrow, and the rest of us are merely trying to get by. When the pandemic hit we entered a perpetual state of vulnerability, but now we’re supposed to return to normal and just get on with our lives.

What does that mean? Packed bars, concerts, and grocery shopping without a mask feel totally strange. We got used to having more rules over our everyday life, considering if we really had to go out or keeping Zooming from our living rooms in threadbare pajama bottoms.

The work-from-home culture changed it all. Initially, companies were skeptical about letting employees work remotely, automatically assuming work output would fall and so would the quality. To the contrary, since March of 2020 productivity has risen by 47%, which says it all. Employees can work from home and still deliver results.

There are a number of reasons why everyone loves the work from home culture. We gained hours weekly that were wasted on public transport, people saved a ton of money, and could work from anywhere in the world. Then there were the obvious reasons like wearing sweats or loungewear all week long and having your pets close by. Come on, whose cat hasn’t done a tap dance on your keyboard in the middle of that All Hands Call!

Working from home grants the freedom to decorate your ‘office’ any way you want. But then people needed a change of environment. Companies began requesting their employees' RTO, thus generating the Hybrid Work Model — a blend of in-person and virtual work arrangements. Prior to 2020, about 20% of employees worked from home, but in the midst of the pandemic, it exploded to around 70%.

Although the number of people working from home increased and people enjoyed their flexibility, politicians started calling for a harder RTW policy. President Joe Biden urges us with, “It’s time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again.”

While Boris Johnson said, “Mother Nature does not like working from home.'' It wasn’t surprising that politicians wanted people back at their desks due to the financial impact of working from the office. According to a report in the BBC, US workers spent between $2,000 - $5,000 each year on transport to work before the pandemic.

That’s where the problem lies. The majority of us stopped planning for public transport, takeaway coffee, and fresh work-appropriate outfits. We must reconsider these things now, and our wallets are paying

the price. Gas costs are at an all-time high, making public transport increase their fees; food and clothes are all on a steep incline. A simple iced latte from Dunkin’ went from $3.70 to $3.99 (which doesn’t seem like much but 2-3 coffees a day with the extra flavors and shots add up to a lot), while sandwiches soared by 14% and salads by 11%.

This contributes to the pressure employees feel about heading into the office. Remote work may have begun as a safety measure, but it’s now a savings measure for employees around the world.

Bloomberg are offering its US staff a $75 daily commuting stipend that they can spend however they want. And other companies are doing the best they can. This still lends credence to ‘the great resignation.’ Initially starting with the retail, food service, and hospitality sectors which were hard hit during the pandemic, it has since spread to other industries. By September 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4.4 million resignations.

That’s where the most critical question lies…work from home, work from the office or stick to this new hybrid world culture?

Borris Johnson thinks, “We need to get back into the habit of getting into the office.” Because his experience of working from home “is you spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop and then forgetting what it was you’re doing.”

While New York City Mayor Eric Adams says you “can't stay home in your pajamas all day."

In the end, does it really matter where we work if efficiency and productivity are great? We’ve proven that companies can trust us to achieve the same results — or better! — and on time with this hybrid model. Employees can be more flexible, which boosts satisfaction, improves both productivity and retention, and improves diversity in the workplace because corporations can hire through the US and indeed all over the world.

We’ve seen companies make this work in many ways, through virtual lunches, breakout rooms, paint and prosecco parties, and — the most popular — trivia nights.

As much as we strive for normalcy, the last two years cannot simply be erased. So instead of wiping out this era, it's time to embrace the change and find the right world culture for you.

What would get you into the office? Free lunch? A gym membership? Permission to hang out with your dog? Some employers are trying just that.

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Did you hear about the Great Resignation? It isn’t over. Just over two years of pandemic living, many offices are finally returning to full-time or hybrid experiences. This is causing employees to totally reconsider their positions.

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