Questions tagged [credit-score]

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 credit-report.

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Do insurance rates depend on credit scores?

When reading up on credit scores, I came across this article. It contains this paragraph: A bad score can become a black mark that leads to missing out on the home you want (credit checks are a ...
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Do consumption loans affect my credit score positively or negatively?

I want to build some credit in case I ever need a loan for something. I have never had any debt except for my credit card that I now have for about a year. But I only used it for a single purchase in ...
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Applied for car loan and got denied: No credit history or no credit file

I am currently looking for a loan to purchase a new vehicle. I just called my bank, and after briefly discussing with them, they said that I can apply to a 2.74% loan. This is the best I have found so ...
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How can checking credit to open a new account have no impact on your credit score?

The advice I've typically seen is more like this advice “Hard inquiries,” also called “hard pulls,” are the kind that can cost you points. They happen when someone pulls your credit for the purpose ...
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18 year old building credit

I'm 18 and currently my credit score was 524, only because theres an overdue bill of $500 from when I was a minor in my derogatory marks. I have disputed it through credit karma for Tranunion and it ...
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Used car loan and number of credit cards

My credit history is almost 6 months old and I have a score of around 700 now. I got my first credit card 6 months ago and two weeks ago I got another credit card. Last day I got prequalified for a ...
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Card Locking and Credit Score

My wife and I are trying to build up her credit, so we decided to: Add her as an authorized user to my Card A, which is about 10 years old and currently my only form of credit. I'll call hers Card B ...
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could pursing a TILA claim against my credit card result in a cancellation of my credit card?

Quoting https://www.carlsonattorneys.com/truth-in-lending-act/ , URGENT NOTICE: The Carlson Law Firm is currently investigating a Truth in Lending Act violation on behalf of American Express credit ...
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What are the disadvantages of home mortage being under only one spouse's name?

What disadvantages come from getting a home mortage on one person? I am looking to buy a first home on a short mortage of 5-10 years. I have good credit. My wife has no credit, but has sufficient ...
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Applying for first Credit Card in USA (International Student/Teacher)

I have been in the U.S. for the past 1 year and since then I just have a Wells Fargo Debit card. Recently I tried to apply for an American Express credit card (applied online) but I got rejected. ...
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Change credit card, keep age of credit line?

I have two credit cards that charge fees and have significantly downgraded their value to me. In both cases I would like to switch to no-fee versions of the same card, but I don't want to reduce my ...
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is high credit score an asset? [duplicate]

A quick definition of asset is a useful or valuable thing, person, or quality. Can a high credit score be thought as an asset ? I am not asking what can I do with my credit score, I am simply asking,...
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How soon can I close Amazon rewards credit card after opening?

I got the card today for the $70 sign up 'Gift Card', only have 2 other credit cards with $5,000+ limits with $0 balance on both and want to know when I can close the Amazon account. I only spent ....
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What can I actually do with a high credit score?

I recently checked my credit score via two of my credit card providers. It seems to be hovering between 790 and 815. One service brands the score it provides as a FICO score and the other specifically ...
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Impact of Spending Cash/Debit vs Credit Card on Debt to Income Ratio

Since debt-to-income ratio (dti) is an important factor in determining one's creditworthiness especially for mortgage rates, it is clear that one should keep the monthly recurring debt and credit card ...
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Are prepaid credit cards a form of secured loan?

I was reading about different factors that determines credit score. One of them is having a "good credit mix" (IE having a healthy mix of secured (such as home loan, auto loan) and unsecured loans (...
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Are credit score calculations stateful or stateless?

Over labor day weekend my wife and I bought a furniture set. We'd been planning on it since we got married and had saved up enough that making the purchase was planned and as painless as dropping ...
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Will my credit score go down if I don’t borrow money for few years?

My credit score is relatively high. Due to personal circumstances I don’t intend to use my credit cards for the next 3 years. I won’t be getting any loans either. At the moment I have no debt at all, ...
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Does pre-qualification for a mortgage affect your credit score?

If submit a mortgage pre-qualification application, does my credit score go down? Does it trigger a hard credit check? Or do the hard credit checks only come when the mortgage process goes further ...
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Impact on credit score of paying off a debt very late

We went through a rough patch a few years ago after a disabling accident and got behind on some payments. When things turned around, we squared our accounts with our creditors and our credit report is ...
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When calculating credit score, does the “average age of credit history” field include closed lines of credit?

One of the important values in calculating credit score is the average age of credit line. What I am wondering is if this includes all credit lines ever opened or just currently open credit lines. ...
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Shouldn't the “credit score” prevent Americans from going deeper and deeper into personal debt?

I'm not from the U.S but I know about the dreaded "credit score" that haunts Americans. I've seen a lot of documentaries and videos on YouTube with people that can't get a loan to buy a house because ...
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What happens to small bills if they are unpaid?

I understand that bills are sold to collection agencies if they are unpaid. But what about very small bills then? For example, say if there is a bill of less than $10.00, will the company bother to ...
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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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What impact does a car lease have on credit, if any?

Does having any number of car leases impact one's credit score? Does it count towards amount of credit debt I have and impact credit usage ratio?
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Student loans w/ employer contribution payoff strategy

I have $17k in student loans (4 of them, all Stafford less than 4.5%). My monthly minimum payment is under $200, and my employer contributes exactly $200 on my loans each month (regardless of minimum ...
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Check if the management of the building I'm in sends late rental to credit agencies

I'm running low on money for the next 6 weeks until I get payment for contract work I've done. In the meantime I owe to various places. I'd like to prioritize paying back to places that will report to ...
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Are there negative consequences to having multiple credit monitoring services?

I already have one credit monitoring service that I am not paying for due to a security breach somewhere many years ago. I am not 100% sure but I think it expires/ends in a few years. My data was ...
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UK: Will signing up for a mobile phone contract affect my credit rating?

Especially I would like to understand one thing: There are operators who offer contracts without credit check for people who otherwise would be denied because of for example a completely missing ...
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Which debt(s) to minimize first to improve credit most quickly?

Current score is ~650. Looking to improve my credit as effectively as possible, as I'm looking into houses after getting married next summer. I'm coming off of a tougher employment patch so very much ...
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Virtual landline to achieve better credit score - is that a worthy investment? [closed]

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/mortgages/why-remortgage/ https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/732040/credit-score-free-card-history-file-martin-lewis-this-morning Put a landline number not ...
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will it increase or decrease my credit score, if i split a high balance on 2 credit cards

Is it better for your credit score to have one high balance of to split the balance between two credit cards
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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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I'm starting a new job in 20 days - can I include my future income when applying for a credit card now?

I'm starting a new job soon and moving to a new city. I've never held a credit card and want to apply for one. As with all moves there are likely to be expenses so I'd love to be able to stick them on ...
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if I/some credit card keep applying how low the score can get

This seems a hypothetical question. Suppose a person has a already low credit score( I suppose it can not be less than 300) . Question1: And if that person apply for 2 different credit cards at ...
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My mother co-signed for my car. Can she take it away from me if I am the one making car payments?

My credit is in the low 500s and I was unable to get a car loan. My mom cosigned for me and I've now had a beautiful car for three months. I've been making on-time payments, the registration is in my ...
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Will a higher security deposit build credit faster with a secured card?

I am helping a new immigrant to the US who has no credit history build credit, so they can get a mortgage for a home. Citibank recommended the Citibank Secured Mastercard, which allows a security ...
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Are cosigner finder websites like hireacosigner.com, cosignerfinder.com etc. legit?

I am a foreigner to USA and would like to pursue masters in CS in USA. But based on the current state of USD, I won't be able to pay the costs of tuition on my own. So, I will be taking a loan from ...
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Would Getting (and Paying) an Installment Loan Benefit My Mortgage Rate

I am planning to buy a house (in the US) in about 9-12 months. I've read from different resources that an installment loan may boost my credit score if I make my loan repayments on time, as this is ...
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As authorized user why is the credit utilization of the primary card showing in my report

My wife added me as an authorized user on her credit card account and I received a card with my name. The credit limit is still the same and is shared. I have recently started seeing it in my ...
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how does taking mortage loan affect my credit score after closing

I am taking a loan on my first home purchase. I have 780+ credit score now. How is my credit score affected after closing on the loan.
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Negotiating with a collections agency to remove a valid, small debt from credit report

I just found out that my wife had a debt from a doctor related to our recent pregnancy go to collections. I found out because credit monitoring picked it up - I haven't heard from a collections ...
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Credit score on credit card application is much lower than reported credit score on Experian

My girlfriend applied for a credit card and was approved. The approval letter included her Experian score, which stated a score of 645 (I don't remember the exact number, but that neighborhood). She ...
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Should I worry about having my credit pulled multiple times while car shopping?

I went to a dealership today and they pulled my credit after a test drive. I've heard that as long as you get your credit pulled for an auto loan within a few days, multiple pulls will only count as ...
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Why would a home insurer offer a discount based on credit score?

Recently I received a letter from my home insurance company: Thank you for being a Gore Mutual customer. We're working hard to ensure that our products are competitive. And we want to provide ...
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Why did my credit score plummet after a balance transfer?

I transferred about $5K from one credit card to another. I noticed that my credit score plummeted about 30 points! At first I thought that maybe the agencies only saw one side of the transaction and ...
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Importance of Building Credit Score?

For some background, I am in my early 20's about to graduate college. I have steady full-time employment that allows me to live within my means while building my savings. Right now, an emergency fund ...
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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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Asking bank to reduce APR instead of increasing credit limit

My credit card just notified me that they raised my credit limit (unsolicited). This would do well to my utilization and thus improve my credit scores overall. However, my overall utilization across ...
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How can I force a reconciliation between VantageScore 3 and FICO® Score 8?

My wife's credit score via VantageScore 3.0 (via CreditKarma, which is based on TransUnion data) is 790. In contrast, My wife's credit score via FICO® Score 8 is 670 (also based on TransUnion data)....