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When does credit card utilization matter?

I'm learning more about credit before I get a credit card, and I read that it's advised to never use more than 30% of your credit card's limit. Let's say someone has a $2000 credit line and he spends ...
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Credit Freeze for Minor Child

I was told that identity theft of a minor's credit is a very sought after goal for thieves. Is it true that credit agencies will offer lines of credit to individuals who are not yet 18? Is there any ...
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Can you build credit history without getting a credit cards or taking on debt?

As far as I know I have no credit history as I have never had a loan or credit card. I buy things using a debit card tied to my credit union bank account and prefer not to have a credit card at all. I ...
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Credit score and financing new car

Little bit about my situation- Bought a car with cash about 5 years ago, at the time it was a year old. That car is now a total loss and I’m receiving about 5k for it from my insurance. I’m now in ...
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How much impact does employment have on credit score?

I'm in college, so I'm not exactly employed, ignoring occasional jobs here and there. I'd like to apply for a few new credit cards, and I noticed I don't have employment on my credit report. My ...
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Medical bill sent straight to collection agency

I was very surprised to receive a letter from a collection agency regarding a medical bill incurred during my wife's pregnancy last year. We never received any correspondence via mail, e-mail, or ...
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How to increase CIBIL score

How to increase cibil score if your credit card and personal repayment history are not consistently good?
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Should I open a credit card when I turn 18 just to start a credit score?

I spend about $20-30 a week on my debit card, with periodic $200-300 purchases every few months. I've thought about getting a credit card the moment I turn 18 and using it to buy everything, then ...
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How to monitor for identity theft of minor child

It's important to monitor your own credit for signs of identity theft and for errors, because recovery can be time consuming and expensive. What steps should parents take to monitor their minor ...
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Will Adding myself as a co-holder of my parent's credit card build my credit history?

I have been in the U.S. since 2007 as a student, and only recently realized the importance of buliding my credit history. My belief is that a credit card is the way to start building a credit history....
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first credit card for H1B worker

I see a question Looking to get my first credit card but that seem to focus on students. I have a friend, who just came on H1B with zero credit history. The bank that has the regular account for him/...
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Getting an auto credit history without buying a car

I’ve graduated college and got myself a pretty solid engineering job. And think it’s time for a new car. I’m looking at some of the nicer cars in the $100k range. The problem is I’ve never had a ...
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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 ...
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How do I find out what is the minimum credit rating for a grad school loan (or undergrad) without a cosigner?

I'm in the US, and I'm trying to make a decision about my educational strategy. I have a basic idea of what I can do for unsecured undergrad bank loan, and what credit rating I would need. How can I ...
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Does it make sense to open a lot of no-fee credit cards to reduce credit utilization?

Within a week of starting to my new job, I am planning to open a lot of (5, maybe more) no-fee credit cards in order to lower my credit utilization. I am not planning to use any of these new cards at ...
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Can I dispute an accidental submission of a credit application?

Can I dispute an accidental submission of a credit application? I left some information out, and a family member submitted a credit card application with out my consent. I was going to apply for a ...
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Does opening a checking account cause a hard credit pull?

I was going to open a new bank account, particularly the Wells Fargo promotion that puts $400 in your account if you meet some direct deposit requirements. I called and asked if they will do a "hard" ...
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How can I understand historical changes in my credit score?

In October 2018, my wife's transunion credit score blipped down from a consistent 780 to a consistent 680. When I called to complain, Transunion noted that one of her credit cards seems to lag behind ...
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Will paying off an old $8 collection hurt my credit?

Let me explain a little more. I was the victim of a car accident and medical bills went through the roof. I had about $16k racked up, then my settlement finally kicked in 3 years later and paid it all ...
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Impact on credit score of opening and closing accounts

I'm planning on buying a house sometime in the Winter of 2020 to spring 2021. Currently, my credit score is about 770 and I have the following open credit lines: A 2.5 year old $25,000 Prosper loan ...
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Single late mortgage payment is hurting me a lot

I'm from the US and I've recently applied for HELOC refinancing at a much lower rate (-2.00%), but underwriter has decided to deny the application due to a single late mortgage payment made in Jan ...
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How to appeal or remove the credit check taken on a Lender?

I was working with a car dealer to purchase a car. I realized that , Dealer ran the credit check and applied for a lender which i wasn't aware. I was hoping to get loan from LenderA. But dealer was ...
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Is it actually necessary to notify the big three USA credit reporting agencies, on a death?

Typical advice is to notify Experian (888-397-3742), Equifax (800-685-1111) and TransUnion (800-888-4213) on the death of an individual. However, is this really needed? The banks seem pretty good ...
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Please help me increase my credit score. Take a look

Its been a journey paying off old debts and getting some creditors to wipe the slate clean. Below is my current situation. Any tips/recommendations on which way to go? 2 accounts are closed.
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If Sears is canceling my account that hasn't been used in years, will it hurt my credit score?

I have a Sears credit card that I haven't used in 14 years. They have recently contacted me and told me that if I don't make a purchase by Nov. 30, that they will cancel my credit card. If they (not ...
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How to get access to US credit report while living outside USA?

I lived in United States for over eight years late 2000/early 2010s. For some reasons I think my identity has been stolen in the US, so I would like to check my credit report. However, I have moved ...
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How do I deal with a clinic billing mistake that was sent to collections?

Recently I created a CreditKarma.com account so that I can keep and eye on my credit. Upon logging in, I noticed I have a pretty low score (not that surprising since I just opened my first credit ...
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Do I not have a credit score?

Today I tried to access my credit report for the first time from the three major agencies using annualcreditreport.com. When accessed through Experian, it gave me a generic error that my report wasn'...
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Credit Utilization and Score. Early re-payment

I feel like this may result in the same unanswered question but I'm gonna ask it anyway just in case we can get a definitive answer. Does paying off your credit card (before a statement is generated) ...
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Should I max out my first credit card in order to build credit if I can pay the balance immediately?

I was just approved for my first credit card. I will be making a large purchase soon which will exceed my credit limit. I could split the purchase between cash/debit card and my new credit card or ...
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What is the potential downside to freezing additional credit reporting agencies?

I have had a credit freeze on the big 3 credit reporting agencies for many years, and now I'm hearing about a 4th, Innovis (since the latest Equifax breach). Is there a down-side to freezing Innovis ...
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Does the maximum amount ever owed affect credit score?

I have heard some people say that one of the factors lenders consider is the maximum amount that you have ever owed at one time. This appears on your credit report as the "highest balance" (1,2) or "...
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How bad would maxing out my credit card once a year affect my score

I just got approved for a $1500 cash secured credit card from Wells Fargo. This means I have no credit history whatsoever, and am going to use this card to establish one. With fall semester at ...
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How to build a credit history, for a 78 year old with none? Turned down for secured card

I helped a 78 year old neighbor apply for a secured credit card but he was turned down for having "no credit history". He has had no credit cards for 30-40 years, no credit accounts, nothing. On ...
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Is there a way to authorize release of credit check for a landlord, without revealing actual social security number?

I'm staring at an Apartment Owners Association of California form, for a rental application. I'm perfectly willing to have my credit checked, regarding a rental property. But I'm nervous about giving ...
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Should I remove a closed account in my credit history?

In my country, after a credit account (e.g. credit card, loan, mortgage) is closed, I have the option to request for this account to be removed from my credit history provided that there were no late ...
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Not Paying Loan Should I opt for One time Settlement. How will this reflect in CIBIL score?

I have loan. I didn't pay EMI for the past 1 year. Now the bank has provided me the option of One Time Settlement. This is roughly half of the entire loan. If I pay the One time settlement , how ...
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Does paying off my credit balance before the due date for a lower utilization rate hurt my score?

Last month I opened a cash rewards credit card with Bank of America. I am worried about my credit score, as my first closing date was the end of September. I paid off the balance that I used a ...
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Is it a reasonable request for $1,000 credit limit increase?

I currently have the Barclay Apple Rewards credit card which I received on 06/2018 with a $1,000 credit limit. I used it to finance the purchase of a $950 iPad for school. I was given 12 months to ...
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Effect on credit score of paying everything in one shot

Will paying everything at one shot help your credit score more then paying it quickly but over a few months?  To me, the former suggests a lottery winning or inheritance while the latter suggests ...
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How to build up credit fast?

I live in the United States, am around 22 years of age, and recently graduated college with around $12,000 in student loans. I have had a full time job for around 4 months that pays around $55,000 a ...
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Regarding leasing removal

I am living in shared accommodation. I am a student and not working yet so I don't have a SSN. But due to some reason I want to move out from apartment and my name is also on the lease, so I need all ...
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Can you hurt a nonexistent credit score?

I am a student, I just started my sophomore year. I have always been very financially responsible. Now, I want to start building my credit, so I did my research and applied for a student credit card. ...
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Pay or not pay charged-off accounts for mortgage qualification

Several years ago, due to unforeseen circumstances, payments were not made to any credit account and therefore, the accounts are now charged-off, thus ruining the credit score. Its about time that ...
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Is it a good idea to make a lump-sum payment to pay off a personal loan, even if I want to build credit history?

I have recently received some money that I could use to repay my personal loan, however I am not sure if doing that, is a better idea than continuing paying the loan normally, with instalments taken ...
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Is it ok to have multiple life time free credit cards?

I am currently having two life time free credit cards. These cards do not charge any annual fees. And another bank is offering me such credit card. I was thinking if I should go for it as its rare ...
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Credit report in Italy

I am Italian, looking to move back to Italy. I'd like to know if Italy has some sort of credit-score or credit history and this is actually checked on mortgage application? Is credit score report ...
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How to transfer credit history to another bank?

I am planing to make first credit card (BOA secured credit card). Also, I want get UA explorer card later (I understand it is need high credit score). I am trying to build credit history by this BOA ...
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Can someone intentionally hurt your credit score?

I know that if someone does a "hard" view of your credit score, it will lower by a bit. So what is stopping a malicious person/organization from illegally viewing your score a thousand times just to ...
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Is it possible to tell if someone is a U.S citizen or not just by looking at their credit report? [duplicate]

I am not sure if this question fits this stack exchange, but I could not any other that seemed more appropriate. Here it goes. Say person A is a U.S citizen with 3 years of credit history. Person B ...