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Beware of new tricks of the trade to get your money

August 31, 2013 at 3:36 PM

It is becoming easier to get a loan these days and that's not necessarily a good thing.

“I’m telling you things have gone bizarre again, at the exact time they shouldn’t be going bizarre. So, you need to stay very strict with yourself,” warns Suze Orman.

According to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), credit has consistently become more readily available over the past few months. The MCAI increased for the fourth-straight month in July to 112, up from 100 in March.

This is still a far cry from the 800 it would have been in 2007 when loans were their easiest to obtain, but it clearly shows a move toward looser credit requirements.

Therefore, as banks become more lenient, consumers must become more discerning about their own financial situations. “Don’t get tricked into doing something you can’t afford,” says Orman. “Be very, very careful.”

Here are a few of the things creditors are doing to get you to spend money you don’t have...

 

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