A credit score is a weighted number computed to determine your credit worthiness, and is relevant when arranging for credit or a loan. This tag is to be used for questions related to understanding how things would impact your credit score. Related tags are credit-history, credit-rating and ...

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How does paying off one of two mortgages affect my credit score?

As a follow up to Should I pay off investment property mortgage question, if a person has 2 mortgages and decides to use all the savings to pay off one of the mortgages (why give the bank 5%), how ...
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Does maintaining a low (versus zero) balance on a credit card improve your credit score? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How will going from 75% Credit Utilization to 0% Credit Utilization affect my credit score? I've read in a few places some statistics to indicate that people with zero ...
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What's the fastest way I can raise my credit score from nothing?

I'm very fortunate to have had no need for a credit card and I don't own one (debit card only), I have no debt and an excellent job. I attempted to open an account with a respected online-only bank ...
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Calculate 'Credit Score' from Experian statutory credit report?

I ordered a statutory credit report from Experian (UK) last week and it came today. I forgot that it doesn't include a one-off credit score with the report. Is it possible to calculate a credit ...
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Do margins on a brokerage account affect your credit score?

If you have the ability to trade on margin, will this improve your credit history/score? If you refuse to pay the margin and lack the funds to pay for the money borrowed, I understand that it can ...
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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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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 ...
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Is it good to get 2 credit cards for different bonus?

I currently have a pretty plain credit card, the First Tech Platinum, but I was thinking that I don't really get much out of it, so I started to looked into other cards with better rewards, and cancel ...
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How can I switch my credit card to another issued by the same bank, keep my credit history, and get the sign-up bonus for the new card?

I have one card, but would rather have another - they're issued by the same bank. I don't want both of them because they both have annual fees and I want to keep only one card with an annual fee. ...
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Will getting a second credit card help my credit rating?

I've heard that getting a second credit card can help your credit rating. I am wondering if this is indeed true. If so, why is the case? Much thanks in advance!
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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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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 ...
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Will it hurt my credit to accept a credit limit increase?

I got an email from Citi offering me a credit limit increase on my 4 year old card: Subject: Good News About Your Citi Card - Please Open Immediately It's our job to make sure your Citi card is the ...
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Should I close my BestBuy Credit Card? Will it affect my credit score and history?

I was young and stupid and opened up a Best Buy credit card 5 years ago. I bought a new laptop and also a lot more stuff during these 5 years. I have bought over 10,000 dollars worth of stuff and paid ...
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Is it beneficial to my credit score if I close my youngest credit lines while preserving my current credit utilization rate?

I have several newer credit lines that I opened to get cheap financing for buying some appliances. They are paid off now, but they are really hurting my average age of credit line portion of my credit ...
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My Co-Signer is the Primary Account Holder for my Car Loan - Does this affect my credit?

I recently financed a car purchase, and my father co-signed for me. I received the first bill, to find out that he is listed as the primary account holder with the finance company, although I am the ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Does it make sense to remove old entries from my credit report?

On my credit report, I have a ton of stuff that ended in 2002, 2003, 2004. Theoretically speaking, these items should not be on my credit report due to age. None of these items are negative. ...
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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 ...
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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?
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How would a collection against me affect my credit

I went to a new city two weeks ago and rented a 2011 Civic in the meantime. On the last week of the rental, someone hit my car in the front bumper in a parking lot. The damage was a 2 by 3 inch dent ...
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Optimal way to use a credit card to build better credit?

I have a credit card with a $700 limit and I am curious how to optimize credit gain with it. Right now, I use it once a month (usually on something small like a drink from a convenience store or ...
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Credit score impact of shopping around to get the best home loan? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Multiple mortgage pre-approvals and effects on credit score My wife and I are starting the process of buying our first house. We would like to shop around a bit to get ...
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What does high credit utilization really mean?

I've heard and read that high utilization of credit hurts, but what does that mean exactly? Does that mean high utilization month-to-month, or simply high utilization at all, even when paid off in ...
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What is considered a low credit limit?

I was using a tool that suggest how I can increase my credit score. One thing was that it said my credit limit is "low." But it didn't say what "low" is. What is considered a low credit limit?
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What if you get pre-approved for a mortgage but don't find a house in the pre-approval timeframe?

If I get pre-approved for a mortgage, that's generally good for 60-90 days, but what if I don't find the right home in that time frame? Another hard-pull on the credit to get pre-approved for ...
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Multiple mortgage pre-approvals and effects on credit score

Background Info: My wife and I are looking to purchase our first home/condo. Given our combined gross annual income of ~$100k and lack of any actual debt, we're looking at properties in the $200-250k ...
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Does paying off loans increase or decrease your credit score?

It's a pretty simple question, but I've read a lot of conflicting information on this. From my basic understanding of credit, I know that it's good to have lots of long-standing accounts. That's why ...
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What percentage of your credit card limit should you use [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the optimal ratio of used credit to credit limit for your credit score? Does length of credit history or percent of credit used count for more? I just read ...
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Does length of credit history or percent of credit used count for more?

When I was back in college my mom added me as an authorized user to her credit cards. I have now graduated and been paying my own student loans (on time) for the past year. In checking my credit ...
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Canceling credit cards - insurance rate increase?

So, in the U.S., everyone seems to want to have a great credit score. But, if you are doing well financially, you probably won't have much debt. In fact, I don't really want to have a bunch of ...
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Should I get a personal loan or a line of credit?

Looking to buy a new computer. While I can afford to buy it outright, I'm looking to get a loan to help make my credit a touch better. But I'm wondering if I should just go with a line of credit, ...
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My credit score went through the roof. Why?

3 months ago, my credit score took a massive dip. The consensus was that this happened because I no longer had any credit cards and thus no revolving debt. So I went out and got myself a new ...
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How does Paying credit card in full VS paying with interest will affect your credit score?

What is the effect of paying credit card in full or with interest on your credit score?
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Do I have to pay interest to increase my credit score?

I am going to ask this oft repeated question one more time because: I have heard many of my friends say that the best way to increase your credit score is to take a loan ( at an interest) and then ...
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How soon are credit reports available, after opening one's first credit account ?

They say that your credit reports are available after having an open credit account for 6 months. I've had a Citi Forward card for international students for 6 months and a week now, but I still can't ...
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TEC Credit Score - What is it and what are my rights?

Recently I moved to a new state and needed to get signed up with the local electric company. They ran a credit check on me and determined that I needed to pay a $200 deposit. They said this was ...
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Are credit monitoring services worth the monthly fee?

Several services offer to monitor your credit - supplying you with an updated credit report every month and your credit score, too. Are they worth the monthly cost ($10-20 is the range I've most ...
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Can I pay a collection agency in a way that will improve my credit score?

Finally, I've got cash in the bank. But this comes after a few years of building up a credit card debt of about $5,000 and not paying it off. A collection agency has come after me. I'm sure my ...
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Buying a car - advice needed

Some bad decisions and/or stupidity during grad school left me with a credit score of 593 and a collection+late payment on my credit report. A month ago my car died and now I need to get another one ...
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Improving credit score by taking on spouse debt, possible?

My wife and I recently purchased a car, during the process I was shocked to learn my credit score was below average (no debt, healthy credit limit and always paid balances in full, good income) while ...
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Will “rate shopping” affect my credit score?

I'm thinking of buying a car but I have a low credit score (649). I have a bank account that I've been using for the past five years so I thought I would apply at that bank first, get a quote and then ...
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What more can I do to improve my credit score?

The earliest history of any credit lines for me is roughly 5 years back. I have 1 credit card, and when I graduated from college I had 7 college loans. I rent my apartment, and pay for ...
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Can signing up at optoutprescreen.com improve my credit score?

I recently discovered optoutprescreen.com, the "official Credit Reporting Industry website" for consumers to opt-out of credit offers. A lot of people recommend signing up there, simply to reduce ...
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Closing unused credit cards: how much will it really hurt?

I have three credit cards, but I only use the newest. I pay it off in full every month, and the two older credit cards haven't seen a single transaction in over a year. None have an annual payment, so ...
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What kind of an impact does moving have on your credit (score)?

Being an international student, the room I rent near campus has been my domestic home address since I came here to study. Now that I am working at a place quite far from campus, I would like to ...
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My credit score took a massive dip. Why?

I checked my credit score today and it took a massive dip compared to one month ago: Ignore the gray line - it's immaterial. Transunion - Green Experian - Blue Equifax - Red I downloaded the ...
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What can I realistically do to raise my credit score?

I have a crappy credit score. My situation in a nutshell: In the divorce, the ex got the home, which was then foreclosed on. My name was still on the mortgage. That was in 2009 or so. I attempted ...
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In the US, will closing a bank account negatively affect your credit score?

In the US, will closing a bank account negatively affect your credit score? I've had it with my bank and I'm thinking of moving my money to a smaller Credit Union. Would this affect my credit score? ...