08-14-2012 05:49 AM
08-14-2012 05:51 AM
I was able to qualify for entry-level prime cards once my FICOs reached the 650 level. Then, I closed my sub-prime cards if they wouldn't waive the AF. The most important thing was to make sure that utilization wouldn't be affected. It's a good feeling to get rid of the bottom-of-the-barrel cards.
08-14-2012 05:52 AM
08-14-2012 06:13 AM
|Current: Discover Fico 709 3/15 Walmart Fico 743 4/15|
Inquiries (24 Months): EQ 6 TU 1 EX 6 | Most Recent: 4/09/2015
Earn Cash Back
|Amex Zync(Unicorn) |
Citi DC $10,000
08-14-2012 06:44 AM
08-14-2012 06:52 AM
I've seen some FICO scores not much higher than mine with prime cards, but have also seen 700s not able to get prime cards..so at what score level is it realistic to close rebuilders/builders?
If your score is really around 610 as indicated in your sig I don't know if that's primeville.
|Starting Score: EX: 736 FAKO | TU: 757 FICO | EQ 730 FICO|
Current Score: EX: 736 FAKO | TU: 750 FICO | EQ 730 FICO
Goal Score: EX: 750 FICO | TU: 750 FICO | EQ: 750 FICO
|In my wallet: $16,000 $8,000 |
08-14-2012 06:54 AM
08-14-2012 07:07 AM
You should have a FICO of 680 to 720 for prime cards
I agree... Fico = 680+ to get prime cards such as Discover, Chase Freedom,
Amex revolver... You need probably a 700 but that's hard to say because they go more by income and assets
08-14-2012 07:25 AM - edited 08-14-2012 07:39 AM
First Premier, Matrix, Credit One and Merrick are your bottom feeders. The limits are ridiculously low and the APR and monthly fees are atrocious. They are for someone who can't do any better, even with a secured card.
Just as being middle class has a gradient, so does subprime. Annual fee alone doesn't determine whether the card is prime or not. The Visa Signature Black by Barclay's has a $495 annual fee. And WE CRY about Continental Finance and the $75 annual fee and $12 monthly maintenance fee. $219 is still cheaper (although the APR is 30%)
Prime cards offer either generous credit limits, or a prestige (ex: Chase Sapphire or AMEX) for high FICO (bare minimum 680) scores.
Ultra prime cards are for the 760 and above club. Diner's Club, Black card, Amex Platinum.
At the bottom under prime is near prime: 660 - 700. This is where you start seeing decent rates, no annual fee.
Subprime is below 650. Capital One is in this range. Capital One is great because they have cards also for near prime and even the lower levels of prime.
Bad credit is below 620. Rebuilder cards are in this category
Below 580 are the bottom feeder cards. First Premier, Credit One and Matrix. You get these when you do not qualify for anything else, even secured.
My NFCU secured card for example has rewards and a 15% APR plus no annual fee. That is a rate most people get in near prime (why I LOVE NFCU). My Cap1 has an APR of 22.9%. So does the Capital One Venture. Some Cap1 cards have a 24 or 25% APR.
A rebuild card may have $500 credit limit with 25% APR and a $25 annual fee. No monthly fees (outside of interest) and other crap. A bottom feeder will offer you $200 credit limit with $75 annual fee, $10 monthly maintenance and maybe even a $.25 per transaction fee. First Premier offered me a card once with a 49.9% APR. Yeah RIGHT!!! Subprime: $1K, no annual fee, but 24-25% APR. As the score goes up, the APR should drop into the teens.
Forums posts are not provided or commissioned by FICO. Forums posts have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by FICO. It is not FICO's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.† Advertiser Disclosure: The listings that appear on myFICO are from companies from which myFICO receives compensation, which may impact how and where products appear on myFICO (including, for example, the order in which they appear). myFICO does not review or include all companies or all available products.
* For complete information, see the terms and conditions on the credit card issuer’s website. Once you click apply for this card, you will be directed to the issuer’s website where you may review the terms and conditions of the card before applying. While myFICO always strives to present the most accurate information, we show a summary to help you choose a product, not the full legal terms - and before applying you should understand the full terms of products as stated by the issuer itself.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: All FICO® Score products made available on myFICO.com include a FICO® Score 8, along with additional FICO® Score versions. Your lender or insurer may use a different FICO® Score than the versions you receive from myFICO, or another type of credit score altogether. Learn more
FICO, myFICO, Score Watch, The score lenders use, and The Score That Matters are trademarks or registered trademarks of Fair Isaac Corporation. Equifax Credit Report is a trademark of Equifax, Inc. and its affiliated companies. Many factors affect your FICO Score and the interest rates you may receive. Fair Isaac is not a credit repair organization as defined under federal or state law, including the Credit Repair Organizations Act. Fair Isaac does not provide "credit repair" services or advice or assistance regarding "rebuilding" or "improving" your credit record, credit history or credit rating. FTC's website on credit.