Getting a higher credit limit can help a credit score. The higher the credit limit on the credit card, the lower the utilization ratio average for all of a borrower’s credit card accounts. The utilization ratio is the amount owed divided by the amount extended by the creditor and the lower it is the better a FICO rating, in general. So if a person has one credit card with a used balance of $500 and a limit of $1,000 as well as another with a used balance of $700 and $2,000 limit, the average ratio is 40 percent ($1,200 total used divided by $3,000 total limits). If the first credit card company raises the limit to $2,000, the ratio lowers to 30 percent, which could boost the FICO rating.
Just like a professor who grades your college coursework, credit-scoring models grade you on your credit activity. So while you might think you deserve a perfect score, the professor — or in this case, the credit-scoring model — has the final say over your grade.
Not many people are aware of the weight that hard inquiries carry on a credit score. Having too many hard inquiries in a relatively short span of time can hinder your credit score, and you will be penalized for multiple hard inquiries on your credit file.
Teddy you should make sure no one is using your SS#. I knew a woman that had similar issues like you and one day she ran her reports and found there was a 2012 Camaro on her report. Whomever purchased this car used her name and address and SS#. Strangely they were making payment for the past 5 months then stopped. Now she is fighting to get it off her name.
NOOOOOO! Do not close them. That will also kill your credit score. As long as you aren’t being charged a hefty annual fee, there’s no reason to close your cards. The longer the life of the credit line, the better for your credit. And certainly do not close any cards while you have a balance on it.
Why aren’t lenders allowed (or mandated) to explain to borrowers how taking a larger HELOC (if one qualifies) may be beneficial to their credit scores. Lenders could give ‘disclaimers’ & explain that they’re not trying to up-sell (though they ALWAYS ARE, of course), but that the 3 main credit bureaus score ‘down’ on HELOCS that are maxed out as opposed to HELOCS where the borrower takes less than their highest limit. (There’ll always be the nay-sayer complaining that the lender is being self-serving or deceptive…but that’s where the disclaimer & explanation from the 3 Bureaus would help.) NO one HAS to take a higher HELOC, but knowing how it could affect one’s credit scores would be very helpful info. If ‘qualifying’ for more than you need doesn’t cost anything, I think knowing a larger HELOC could actually HELP the borrower, is valuable info. [Re: another comment on this page: Asking to ‘quality’ for a lesser amount because one doesn’t trust themselves with an available pot of money at the bank, suggests a bigger personal issue.] Then again, the novice (myself included) might not try to qualify for more than they actually need simply because they don’t trust the ‘salesperson’ at the bank. Bottom line, I believe an informed decision is always best.
Credit scoring is a way to keep people in debt, in my opinion. To me the entire scoring system is a bunch of malarkey. I pay all my bills on time but can’t get my score above 620, even though I’ve paid off one car and am paying on another. The same explanation keeps occuring, that my ratio to balances are too high even though I’ve paid off one credit card and paid the other two down to less than $100. The entire system is rigged against most low to middle income people. Just my opinion.
YES> The bank doesn’t care and it builds credit without having to pay. Anyone can fix their credit score for free! All you need is a little self education. People say “YOU” need a credit card for emergencies… BS! Good credit and a good credit union will beat a credit card any day of the week!!!
Demonizing those who struggle is easy to do when you aren’t… Until you are… Then you gain empathy. It’s easy to feel like you are stable enough to never have to worry until you are laid off because of a medical issue or a recession and it takes you months, possibly years, to recover because you are forced to work minimum wage (if you can find a job like that) and dwindle your savings while looking for a job that you qualify for. The recession taught many people that it can happen to anybody, regardless of forethought, preparation, or current stability.
A “Secured CC” is almost exactly the same as a “Secured Loan”! Only difference is that you can use the card repeatedly until you withdraw the deposit. With the SCC you always have you $$$ tied up. With the loan, once you’ve paid it off you have all of your $$$ back and the score is recorded (which is actually a better scenario).
Ultimately, what’s considered a good or fair credit score will depend on how the lender views it, but you can get an idea of how lenders are likely to view your applications by checking your score and seeing how it compares to others.
I am 67 years old.Three months ago I tried to lease a car. I knew I had no crefit. Crefit Mgr told me I was virtually a ghost. Told me I needed to get a secured credit card from my bank, which I did. Each month I have paid my utility bills from the card and then paid the credit card charge from my checking account. In 2 months my credit score went from 0 to 670. How long will it take to get a good credit score so I can buy a car?
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For those interested in going beyond credit-score averages, the following breakdown of where different groups of people fall on the standard 300-to-850 credit-score scale will give you a better understanding of just how much consumers’ financial experiences can vary. These statistics also show a clear divide between people with bad credit and the rest of us, which underscores the importance of using credit responsibly.
These percentages are based on the importance of the five categories for the general population. For particular groups — for example, people who have not been using credit long — the relative importance of these categories may be different.
For others, the best way to establish credit may be to work with your bank or credit union to open an account with a small credit limit to get you started. Opening a secured credit card is another way to get started building your credit. Then, with time and good account management, a good credit history (and scores) will be within your reach.
Im a junior in college with loans and 2 credit cards, currently my credit score is 759. I am planning on working over the summer and I intend on buying a car, do you think I should wait for a bit longer and try to increase my score, or do you think I will be able to get decent rates with what I currently have?
Ronald – Paying off an installment loan shouldn’t typically cause your credit score to drop significantly. Paid installment loans don’t get removed from your credit reports, so the payment history and age of the account still help. What service are you using to monitor your credit scores? Do you have other open credit accounts?
Below, we’ll take a closer look at what it takes to build perfect credit and pick the brains of people who have come close to reaching the top of the credit totem pole. If you’d like to see how far you are from credit perfection at the moment, you can check your latest credit score for free on WalletHub. We update your score every day, so you’ll always know where you stand.
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Lenders and creditors use this information to determine how likely you are to repay borrowed funds. Then, they decide whether or not to approve your application, and what kind of interest they want to charge you. Since someone with a lower credit score is deemed less likely to repay the loan, they’ll receive a higher interest rate as extra insurance to the lender in case the loan defaults.
Revolving credit is credit that rolls over and can be used again (like a credit card). It is different from installment credit (like a car loan), which must be paid until the balance is zero and is not reusable. Hope that helps explain it
Another thing you’ll need to know when comparing your number to others is which credit score model is being used to calculate the score, and what credit score range is being used. To reiterate, there are many different credit score models, including versions of VantageScore, FICO scores and even educational credit scores.
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Considering these things, your credit score is one of the most important numbers in your life. It can affect every action you take, from the house you live in to the car you drive. Taking steps to improve your 798 credit score is the best way to save money and make your life easier down the road. There’s no excuse to not improve your credit score!
Oh, one more question… When I do get to that point, I should note that I filed for bankruptcy back in 2004 but it is no longer on my credit report. When I get asked that question, what is the appropriate response? Again, my credit is stellar now.
Common ways that consumers improve their credit ratings are by contacting the major credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion) and asking them to remove reporting errors, paying down credit card balances and paying off accounts that have been placed in collections. Another tactic is to ask for an increased credit limit on your credit cards. For people who carry credit card balances, an increased credit limit lowers the credit-to-debt ratio, a key factor in credit scoring.
Always pay credit card balances off in full each month. There is absolutely no reason, ever, to pay interest to the banks (neither credit card interest nor “secured loan” interest) in order to build or maintain credit.
It may seem like a no-brainer, but a 2015 study showed that 25% of Americans don’t consistently pay their bills on time. Why is that an issue? Your payment history accounts for 35% of your credit score, so every time you become delinquent on a payment, you’re lowering your credit score.
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I’m guessing you are lucky enough to have a high-paying job, Ray? I was at one time making six-figures and had a credit score of over 800. When my job was sent overseas, I had to short sell my house and sell everything. I am back on track now but with a much lower-paying job. I pay ALL of my bills on time, sometimes early, and always pay over the minimum payment on my credit card. Yet somehow, I am still only considered average in terms of credit risk because of the short sell due to my job being outsourced – completely out of my control. I still maintain the same financially responsible habits, have for nearly six years since my layoff, yet my score is still only “Fair.” I’m not whining, and I work extremely hard 40 hours a week to make ends meet, so please don’t make the assumption that everybody who has a “fair” credit score is some kind of lazy bum. That is an extremely arrogant assumption.
2. Minimize use of available credit. Usually the second most important factor in your credit score is how much debt you have compared with the amount of available credit you have, Detweiler says. Those with a credit score of 800 use only 7% of their available credit, on average, according to myFiCO.com. But most consumers with a score of 650 have maxed out their available credit.
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I love this question, because it allows us to discuss the underlying economic way of thinking about personal finance in general and credit scores in particular. In economics, we weigh costs and benefits and assume rational decision-makers will only choose to do those things for which the benefits exceed the cost. Further, we make decisions on the margin considering only the next choice, not all or past choices.
Very sorry to hear what you been through, especially as a result of predatory lenders while you were serving our country. Have you thought about trying to rebuild your credit using a secured credit card? If you have your free credit score, which areas of your credit are strong, and which are getting low grades?
We just love to be judged. Who decided the rules? The banks? The credit card companies? Screw all of them and pay with cash. Get in line sheep and baaah for your “credit scores”. After all, we are all just a number.
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Have you looked at your score since you got the secured card? (Here’s how to monitor your credit score for free.) You’re not far from having a score that is considered “fair” (650-699) rather than poor, and that will give you more options for credit cards. And yes, a higher limit could help, because part of your credit score is related to how much of your available credit you are actually using. (Try to keep is below 30%; below 10% is even better.) But paying on time, which you are already doing, is the very best thing you can do for your credit. You’ll find other tips here:
We shouldn’t use our credit cards as an instant loan for things we can’t afford? What happens when you need something right away like a car repair and don’t have the money? Save up for it instead? What if you don’t make enough money to save? It’s so easy to say you can pay off credit card(s) in full every month when you have the sufficient income to do so but what do you do when you lose a job at no fault of your own and can’t get another one right away to pay your bills on time or at all? BTW, my elders did a fantastic job at raising me, religiously or not; the true problem lies with those in the work place who can’t seem to accept and allow people to remain at a job which reasonably leads to people defaulting on their credit!
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I don’t think that I would add your son as an authorized user. That means that your bankruptcy and foreclosure will become his. He will inherit your negative credit. He can just get a $300 secured credit card and start from there…
How in (or why in) God’s name would you want to be retired at 56 with only 22k in annual income. Unless you’ve got some other stash of cash you’re drawing from you’re going to be clipping coupons and eating mac and cheese for dinner every day.
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