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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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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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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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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 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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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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Credit Union Merged Credit Card transferred to new bank Credit Score Drops 30 points

I live in the USA. I was a member of a small credit union which has merged with a much larger one. I kept a credit card with the small credit union because my interest rate was only 5.75% When the ...
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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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Paying credit card bill in segments — good, bad, or neutral?

I prefer to keep total utilization under 25%, and I am at around 20% now. I thought that, since I don't have a due date until next month, I could pay the bill in pieces, little by little, and decrease ...
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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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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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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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Is it ok to buy something on your credit card due date?

This is my first credit card so I'm a little confused. I'm with Capital One and my due date every month is the 6th and my minimum payment is $25, and anything less than $25 (example if I have $16 on ...
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Better to get loan from finance company or bank considering the drop of credit score?

I want to know if there's a difference between getting personal loan from a finance company or a bank, considering the drop of credit score/grade (assume all other aspects are exactly the same)? I've ...
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Taking a small loan to improve Credit Score

Younger me made some horrible financial mistakes. Now as the idea of a house loan is not a far distance fantasy anymore, I think about how to improve the score. I already read several sources to ...
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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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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)....
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How can sister protect herself from impulse purchases with a credit card?

My little sister is 18, and currently has a bank account with a debit card. She and mom believe it might be time to get her a credit card, mostly to build up her credit rating than out of necessity. ...
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Does installment loan amount affect credit score?

I am looking to finance a new car purchase. The total cost of the car comes out to $18k, and I am able to put up to $10k down. Assuming that my goal is to maximize my credit score in the long run, ...
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Are there any particular ways to use a secured credit card best? [duplicate]

I am using a secured credit card to build back my credit. Is there a particularly good way to do this? I know that a secured credit card will allow me to increase my credit score. But I'm not sure ...
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Does an unused overdraft help or hinder credit score?

Whilst at university, I was given an interest- and fee-free overdraft of £2000. I finished uni a few years ago by now, and the interest- and fee-free deal has now ended. I don't use the overdraft at ...
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Do I need multiple credit monitoring services?

I currently have credit monitoring through Experian and I pay extra for it to monitor all three credit bureaus. In light of the recent Equifax breach and Equifax offering credit monitoring for those ...
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Should I accept a credit card settlement?

I have pretty awful credit rating (570 last I checked) as a result of a foreclosure and a massive amount of credit card debt. One of the credit cards (BofA) to who I owe 17k has offered a settlement -...
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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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Why would a bank suddenly start using a very old address for me?

I stumbled upon an infographic that reminded me of something strange that happened to me several years ago, possibly related to banking, law, and credit reporting. Apologies if this is not the right ...
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Is there a way to simulate credit score for settlement vs bankruptcy?

I'm considering either settlement or filing a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy for about $110k in credit card debt. However, it seems like both options will stay on your record for 10 years and also decimate ...
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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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Should I keep a credit card open to maintain my credit score?

I have a credit card that was opened when I first got out of college, and was my first credit card. Since then, I have switched to cards with rewards, figuring that since I pay it in full each month, ...
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Negative balance effect credit score

I have an saving account in Oriental Bank. I am not using this account for last 1.5 year. Currently the balance is negative. I am staying in Bihar since last two year. It is not possible to go ...
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Would gambling with a credit card negatively impact my credit score assessment?

To preface I do know that gambling is generally a waste of both time and money, and as such I do not gamble. Sometimes though I do match betting. For those that don't, know it is betting for an ...
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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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What can someone do with the last four digits of my credit card number, last four digits of my social security number, and my zip code?

I recently got a call from my “bank” telling me that there have been several fraudulent transactions on my credit card. Naively I believed them and gave them he last four digits of my credit card ...
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Applying for Credit Card Under New EIN

I have established a new EIN for a sole proprietorship under my name. This business' purpose is to separate my ventures flipping and doing other projects that make money from my personal finances. I ...
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Does not paying a collections company affect credit score?

From a discussion in comments, a question came up. For the purpose of this question, all I care about is my credit score. I got a credit card, used it and did not pay it back. The credit card ...
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Should I pay off a credit card or a collection balance first?

I have a collection and a credit card with roughly the same balance. I received a bonus and I am able to pay off one of them completely. Which is more beneficial to pay off first?
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Credit line opened without my authorization

Some company signed me up for this credit card without my knowledge and now the account is showing in my Mint.com credit report and lowering the average age of my credit lines, and hence my score. I ...
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Improving credit: what should I do about very old debt; ignore, settle, or pay it in full?

I have about $6,000 of very old debt. It went into collections about 3 years ago when I was in college. Today I have a good job, and I am thinking about the future. I am now interested in improving ...
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What's the fuss about Credit Score / History?

I have seen a number of questions about improving or checking your credit score / history. I think a Wiki would be a good idea to deal with these questions. My feeling is there that you shouldn't ...
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Do I need to open a credit card to improve my average credit score?

I recently checked my credit reports and score and found out I had a score in the high 630's - this was a shock as I had checked this a couple of years ago and my score was in the high 730's I ...
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Does paying minimum on 12 month 0%APR bonus credit card hurt credit score?

I sign up a credit card that has 0%APR for 12 months (plus some cash sign up bonus for spending certain amount in the first few months), and will use it for the purpose of purchasing flight tickets (...
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Large credit score drop

I use Mogo to review my credit score every month. I just moved to Canada so it took a while to even kickstart my rating, however, Mogos history shows. Dec (2 months after I got my credit card) - ...
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Does a cash advance hurt your credit or (official) reputation in any way?

Does a cash advance hurt your credit or (official) reputation in any way? Does it appear in records at all, and would it be frowned upon if it did? What if the cash advance were taken at a casino? I ...
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Ways to alleviate credit card missed payment due to bank problem?

A couple of months ago one of my banks randomly blocked my online account (I just had to call them and tell that I am still alive). Long story short, I called them multiple times and they never ...
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Why are credit scores so important in the US compared to Europe?

Back when I lived in Central Europe, most loans/mortgages only depended on your current income and employment history. If you held on to a good job for several years, you could well expect to get a ...
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Interest-free loan: how is “utilisation” calculated re credit score?

I have, historically, always had an excellent credit score. I never spend beyond my means, and always pay off my credit card in full every month. I really only have the credit card in order to accrue ...