PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — Mike Henry of Dollar Bank joined host Ellen Gamble on this edition of the Dollar Bank Mortgage Hour.

Henry says that credit scores are constantly changed and it doesn’t take five years to improve your score.

Credit scores can always be improved and are updated monthly.

For example, if you pay off a card, leave it open — if you close the card,┬áit will have a negative impact on your credit score.

Dollar Bank says it wants homeowners to make sure that when their house is appraised, it is appraised by someone separate from the lender.

Sometimes the lender has something to gain and can influence appraisal, that’s why Dollar Bank gets their appraisals from an outside source, they say.

Henry says a good idea for young potential homeowners is to “sit down face to face” and get the details, saying that the facts are key to “doing it right.”

Listen to the Dollar Bank Hour Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA Pittsburgh.

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