John Ulzheimer

About the Author

John Ulzheimer

John Ulzheimer is an expert on credit reporting, credit scoring, and identity theft. The author of four books on the subject, Ulzheimer has been featured thousands of times in media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, NBC Nightly News, New York Times, CNBC, and countless others. With over 30 years of credit-related professional experience, including with both Equifax and FICO, Ulzheimer is the only recognized credit expert who actually comes from the credit industry. He has been an expert witness in over 600 credit-related lawsuits and has been qualified to testify in both federal and state courts on the topic of consumer credit. In his hometown of Atlanta, Ulzheimer is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Georgia and Emory University's School of Law.

Latest Posts

47 posts written/edited to date

Guide

16,948 views

9 min read

How FICO 10T Will Impact Subprime Mortgage Lending

How FICO 10T Will Impact Subprime Mortgage Lending

In January 2020, FICO, the company that invented credit scoring and my former employer, announced the latest... read more »

John Ulzheimer

By: John Ulzheimer • 1/4/23

Guide

15,705 views

11 min read

What it Means to Use a Credit Card Responsibly

What it Means to Use Credit Responsibly

The credit card is the most common form of credit in the United States. There are over 1 billion cards in... read more »

John Ulzheimer

By: John Ulzheimer • 12/8/22

Guide

54,340 views

15 min read

The Ultimate Guide to Credit Jargon: 25 Basic Terms You Need to Know

25 Basic Credit Terms You Need to Know

The credit industry is full of terms that you may not use in your everyday life and will unlikely see anywhere... read more »

John Ulzheimer

By: John Ulzheimer • 11/22/22

Guide

53,715 views

11 min read

How to Check Your Credit Reports on AnnualCreditReport.com

3 Steps: How to Use AnnualCreditReport.com

Your credit can have a tremendous influence on your overall financial health. Good credit makes it easier to obtain... read more »

John Ulzheimer

By: John Ulzheimer • 9/12/22

Guide

27,786 views

7 min read

Why Did My Credit Score Drop?

Why Did My Credit Score Drop?

Credit scores have been used by lenders in the financial services market in the United States for more than three... read more »

John Ulzheimer

By: John Ulzheimer • 8/10/22

Guide

56,608 views

13 min read

What Do Lenders Report to the Credit Bureaus?

What Do Lenders Report to the Credit Bureaus?

When you apply for and take out a loan, you agree to make payments to your lenders and return their money, plus... read more »

John Ulzheimer

By: John Ulzheimer • 6/20/22

Guide

74,616 views

13 min read

What Are Derogatory Credit Entries?

What Are Derogatory Credit Entries?

Your credit reports are loaded with information, including personal data, employment information, public records,... read more »

John Ulzheimer

By: John Ulzheimer • 5/25/22

Guide

59,306 views

11 min read

How Do Authorized Users Build Credit?

How Do Authorized Users Build Credit?

If you’ve been doing research on how to build or rebuild your credit reports and credit scores, you may have... read more »

John Ulzheimer

By: John Ulzheimer • 4/14/22

Guide

65,989 views

11 min read

How to Read a Credit Report

How to Read Your Credit Report

If you have a goal to earn and maintain solid credit scores, it’s critical to keep a close eye on all of your... read more »

John Ulzheimer

By: John Ulzheimer • 3/22/22

Guide

100,000+ views

11 min read

What’s In My Credit Reports?

What's In My Credit Reports?

A credit report is simply a record indicating how well, or how poorly, you’ve managed your credit obligations in... read more »

John Ulzheimer

By: John Ulzheimer • 2/23/22

Guide

69,797 views

11 min read

Is It Bad to Check Your Credit Score?

Is It a Bad Idea to Check Your Credit Score?

American consumers have the right to check their credit reports once every 12 months at no cost. They’ve enjoyed... read more »

John Ulzheimer

By: John Ulzheimer • 1/27/22

Guide

100,000+ views

13 min read

How Long Does It Take To Repair Your Credit?

How Long Does It Take To Repair Credit?

Your credit reports and credit scores are always front and center for lenders and other service providers when they... read more »

John Ulzheimer

By: John Ulzheimer • 12/13/21

Guide

100,000+ views

11 min read

How to Remove Negative Items From Your Credit Report Yourself

How to Remove Negative Items From Your Credit Report

When negative items appear on your credit reports, they can complicate your life in many ways. Negative credit... read more »

John Ulzheimer

By: John Ulzheimer • 12/2/21

Guide

100,000+ views

13 min read

What Does It Mean to Be a Risky Borrower?

What Does It Mean to Be a Risky Borrower?

When you apply for financing, such as a credit card or loan, the lender will review your credit information to get... read more »

John Ulzheimer

By: John Ulzheimer • 11/29/21

Guide

100,000+ views

13 min read

8 Ways the Fair Credit Reporting Act Protects You

8 Ways the FCRA Protects You

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is a consumer protection statute that Congress passed in 1970. In this... read more »

John Ulzheimer

By: John Ulzheimer • 9/30/21

Guide

100,000+ views

13 min read

What’s The Difference Between Hard & Soft Credit Inquiries?

What's the Difference Between Hard and Soft Inquiries?

Your credit reports are full of sensitive and private information. So it may comfort you to learn that various... read more »

John Ulzheimer

By: John Ulzheimer • 9/1/21

Guide

100,000+ views

9 min read

Is Hiring a Credit Repair Service a Good Idea?

Is Hiring a Credit Repair Service a Good Idea?

If you’re struggling with the effects of bad credit reports and bad credit scores, you may have thought about... read more »

John Ulzheimer

By: John Ulzheimer • 7/29/21

Guide

100,000+ views

9 min read

What Do Lenders See During a Credit Check?

What Do Lenders See During a Credit Check?

Before you apply for new financing, such as a credit card or mortgage, it’s wise to consider the factors your... read more »

John Ulzheimer

By: John Ulzheimer • 7/19/21

Guide

100,000+ views

9 min read

3 Reasons You Have Different Credit Scores

3 Reasons You Have Different Credit Scores

You are probably well aware of the importance of your credit scores each and every time you apply for a new credit... read more »

John Ulzheimer

By: John Ulzheimer • 5/26/21

Guide

100,000+ views

9 min read

Does Bankruptcy Affect Credit Scores?

Does Bankruptcy Affect Credit Scores?

If you’re in a situation where you have much more debt than money to make your payments, the U.S. Bankruptcy Code... read more »

John Ulzheimer

By: John Ulzheimer • 5/12/21