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113 views

Will canceling one of my CapOne credit cards hurt my credit score?

I have 2 CapOne credit cards, they show up as 1 account with both their credit limits combined on my credit report. My question is; Could I cancel one of those cards and apply for a better rewards ...
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1answer
88 views

What to do about infrequent false credit judement?

Over the last couple of years I have infrequently had a false credit judgement held against me. Over a year ago I attempted to get a Car loan through a bank and they wouldn not give me the loan due ...
6
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5answers
301 views

Why is a US credit score based on credit utilization?

As a European citizen I am somewhat puzzled by how American credit scores work. The US is one of the few, possibly the only country where such a strong focus is put on the utilization history of ...
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2answers
108 views

Does paying bills or shopping with a credit card build credit better?

Okay, so the only reason I got a credit card was to build credit; Right now I use my credit card 3 times per month to buy gas, then I pay it off as soon as the bill is due. Would it make any ...
3
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2answers
130 views

Does it make sense to check your credit score before applying for a first credit card?

Should someone that has never had a credit card before check his/her credit score before applying?
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2answers
237 views

Using a secured credit card to build a credit score for a new permanent resident

I am a new permanent resident in the US (originally from the Netherlands) and married to an American citizen. I am not used to the credit score system as they use it in the US, so this is all new to ...
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2answers
92 views

Paying for things on credit and immediately paying them off: any help for credit rating?

So I have a big purchase that I have saved up for; I have all the money I need for it. I also have just about zero credit history; I have never had need for it. I recently got my first credit card ...
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6answers
396 views

What is the best use of “spare” money?

Here are some cliff notes about me: 30 years old immigrant (came to the US late 2009), so no established credit (got a $900 credit card with my bank finally last year) No spouse, no children. Just ...
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0answers
23 views

What loan options are there for minors? [duplicate]

I'm not yet 18, but I have been studying business for quite a while, paper trading, investments, etc. at this point, I'd like to try my hand at building some credit and making some money, but I am ...
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2answers
407 views

I am under 18 years old, in the US, my parents have terrible credit, how can I take out a loan?

I am under 18, currently shopping for a car. Like many people, I don't have enough money sitting in my bank account to purchase a good car, around $6,000 to $10,000. However, credit checks have ...
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1answer
229 views

Credit score getting lower - but I'm doing everything right?

My credit score has dropped considerably in the past year from ~700 - ~600. This is my first credit card so far, and have only used mainly debit in the past. Thing is, I'm not sure why it's ...
2
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3answers
365 views

Do lenders usually do multiple credit inquiries only a month apart?

I am in the process of applying for a home mortgage for the first time and something happened that I found a bit odd. Here's the sequence of events: Before talking to any lenders, I get my credit ...
2
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2answers
205 views

Any problem if I continuously spend my credit card more than normal people?

I continuously use my credit card for my friends' expenses. Normally I could spend 20~30K USD each month to get more points/cash back. I don't have large credit limits so in most time I'll put cash ...
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1answer
73 views

Is my spouse at risk for a joint filing in a year where I have settled a major debt? [closed]

I settled and wrote-off a major debt. This was recorded as 1099-E income. I incurred all of this debt under my name only, and she was not my spouse at the time I got into the debt. She was my ...
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4answers
593 views

Figuring out an ideal balance to carry on credit cards [duplicate]

Until recently, I was under the impression that it's bad for your credit history to not pay all bills on time and in full. However, a banker recently told me that it's a good idea to carry a small ...
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2answers
223 views

Is it a good idea to get a mortgage when buying a house, for credit reasons?

I'm thinking about buying my first house, and I'm wondering whether I should get a mortgage from a bank or not. This is mostly because I've heard that getting a mortgage is critical part of building ...
3
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2answers
103 views

How do I find out the recent negative information on my credit score?

I am accessing my Experian credit report from their website. In the summary of my account there is a tab for "Negative Information", where it states that it has been 0.5 Years since the last time ...
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2answers
82 views

How to get 0% financing for a car, with no credit score?

Is it possible to get a 0% interest rate for car loan for a used car in the U.S.? I've been working for 7 months and I just got my first credit card, so I don't have a credit score yet. I'm planning ...
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1answer
154 views

Home insurance score drastically decreases after car insurance claim?

I noticed something very peculiar on my home insurance. My parents have horrible credit, so last year they purchased a van in my name, with a finance plan. A few months ago, my father was involved in ...
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1answer
419 views

How does Bill Me Later check a person's credit using DOB and Last four SSN digits?

Currently, I'm looking to open Bill Me Later account. I notice that it only asks Date of Birth and last 4 digits of SSN. According to this website, The first three digits are based on the state ...
4
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1answer
84 views

How can a UK citizen recently living in the U.S. establish a U.S. credit rating?

I am a UK citizen who has been living in US for the last year. About 6 months ago (although maybe less) I got a Social Security Number for the first time. I have been renting an apartment under my ...
5
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2answers
136 views

Is it advisable to take small planned loans before going for a huge home loan?

The area that I am focusing on is related to get lower interest rate when applying for a house loan 4-5 years down the line. After graduating from school and having a job, the credit score> ...
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3answers
226 views

Does a balance transfer from a credit card affect our credit score?

If we do balance transfers from our credit card, pay more than the minimum payment within the due date and payoff the entire amount slowly within the specified time-frame, does it improve our credit ...
5
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2answers
271 views

How to deal with a landlord charging more than what is specified in the lease when I break the lease?

I am not from the U.S. and this is my first experience breaking the lease. I had to break it to move for a new job, and no one would like to sublet the apartment since it is a damp basement. The ...
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1answer
446 views

How does an eviction affect a guarantor's credit score?

If I am the guarantor for someone (say a child, or a younger sibling), and that person got evicted, under what conditions (if any) does this show up on my credit score/report?
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2answers
244 views

Is the age of my parents' credit card helping my credit more than the balance is hurting it?

I am listed on one of my parents' credit cards with an account age of 37 years. I am 28. This makes my credit history very very old — 37 years old — and significantly older than my oldest credit card. ...
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3answers
1k views

Which is a better method for keeping my credit utilization low: spending less or getting a credit limit raise?

I'm currently a graduate student and since I want to build credit, I got my first credit card. However, the credit limit is really low (< $1000). I've been reading that I should always keep my ...
2
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1answer
396 views

Should I finance a car to build credit for a mortgage next year?

I'm hoping to purchase my first home next year, but I'm having trouble deciding on the best way to raise my credit score. Here is a summary of my current situation: Credit Score Estimates (via ...
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2answers
397 views

Do credit checks by mortgage companies affect my credit score?

My wife and I are applying for a mortgage and I have been using a median score that I had run in April of this year. We are getting ready to lock in our rate, but speaking with one of the mortgage ...
1
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1answer
84 views

How long will it take for my credit score to reflect my name having been taken off a mortgage?

As part of divorce settlement (January 2011) my ex was required to remove me from our Mortgage and Home Equity Loan ($600,000). For 23 years we made timely payments, so there was no BAD DEBT - just ...
4
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2answers
673 views

What is a reasonable credit limit?

Given my existing credit score and annual income, how do I calculate what a reasonable credit limit for me should be? I'm really looking for an order-of-magnitude estimate. e.g. should it be 40% of ...
5
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1answer
141 views

Why does my credit score bounce back and forth over a 30'ish point range?

My credit score seems to bounce back and forth over a 30'ish point gap. I have changed nothing (edit: that I know of). I have the same number of credit cards I've never had a late payment I ...
4
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1answer
160 views

Debt sold after 5 years in collections

So for a not so dumb reason 5 years ago I decided not to pay a utility bill (charged me $300 for 2.5 days of service when my normal bill was < $100). Fought with them back and forth and told them ...
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1answer
2k views

How quickly does decreasing credit utilization affect your credit score?

There is a lot of advice out there about keeping your credit card utilization above 0% but less than 20%. I'm currently carrying about 85% utilization on my card and have plans to lower it. How long ...
2
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4answers
2k views

Should rebuilding credit include getting multiple credit cards?

In short, I had bad items on my credit report that I found by getting a free copy of the trans-union report on myself. I contacted the numbers to the items on my unpaid/ bad list and after about a ...
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0answers
37 views

“Dispute” Credit Report by pointing out debt that they don't show? [duplicate]

I have looked all over and it seems as though whenever anyone suggests disputing inaccurate information on your credit report, they are always referring to removing or changing existing records. ...
2
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1answer
151 views

How long does it take to have no credit history?

In considering my 5-10-20 year goals recently, one of them is to not use debt - whether credit card, mortgage, car loan, etc - even on a monthly basis. I currently am young, single, and have no debt ...
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1answer
947 views

My student loans are on an income-based repayment plan. How does this affect my debt-to-income ratio?

If my student loans are on an income-based repayment plan, how does that affect my debt-to-income ratio? Is it reported at the current amount I'm paying, or what I would have been paying if it weren't ...
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1answer
250 views

What can I plan for to save money on my mortgage?

I am a first time home buyer and any advice is greatly appreciated. I am going to start shopping soon for getting a mortgage and I need to know what strategies I can use to avoid paying more than is ...
2
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2answers
56 views

Closing intermediary credit lines

So one consequence of closing a credit line is that it can adversely affect your credit history if it is your oldest credit line. But what about closing credit cards you acquired along the way that ...
0
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1answer
115 views

Does putting my name on my wife's condo mortgage raise my credit score?

Would it be wise for me to put my name on my wife's condo mortgage (which she owned before we met) to raise my own credit score?
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2answers
249 views

Do I have an option to transfer parent plus loans to myself?

My wife and I are currently about to start our payments for student loans. All of our loans are federal student loans through Direct Loans. We also have a parent plus loan, which is technically under ...
4
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3answers
579 views

Can I check multiple lenders for mortgage rates, via preapproval, and have it only count as one hard inquiry on my credit?

Note: This applies to the State of New York (the NYC metro area), in the United States. I'm shopping around for mortgage rates. I'm not sure if I have to get a preapproval mortgage to get their ...
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3answers
164 views

I have an “excellent” credit rating. Do I need to get a preapproval mortgage letter?

I'm in the infancy of buying a residential property. I have a credit rating of EXCELLENT. Do I need to get a preapproval mortgage letter? I thought that getting preapproved would expedite the ...
2
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2answers
133 views

How frequently should I request additional credit?

Assuming I simply want additional credit to improve my credit utilization ratio, how frequently (how long between requests) should I request the credit increases? What negative consequences should I ...
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1answer
105 views

To what extent should I seek additional credit? How much is enough?

I currently have 2 credit cards, each with a $2500 limit. I rarely exceed 20% utilization over the course of the month, and I don't expect any increase in expenses over the course of the next year ...
3
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3answers
219 views

Building Credit for a Young Person with No Credit

I don't have any credit established but I'm a computer programmer and I make pretty good money. I'm 21 and I would like to buy a new car. I can't get a loan because I don't have any credit and I've ...
3
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1answer
498 views

Credit History from ITIN to SSN

I am an international graduate student on an ITIN (I recieve fellowship and not assistantship so I am not eligible for SSN). I will be changing to a job that allows me to have an SSN next July. Right ...
4
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1answer
181 views

How does Credit Karma calculate the credit report score?

I signed up for Credit Karma awhile back and I noticed that they are able to run an inquiry just about any time that I hit "update". How do they do that, since my understanding is you are only ...
14
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3answers
403 views

When applying for some jobs, why do they check your credit?

Why is it that some jobs check your credit score? Is this normal? Is it even legal?