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Hubcapjw
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Credit union credit cards

In general are credit union credit cards easier to get? I have a zero score and a cap 1 secured card. I found a local credit union to join and was wondering how long I should wait to apply for a card thru the credit union? Cap 1 is the only card I have and I'm going into my 3 rd month. Thoughts would be appreciated!
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mauwow0682
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Re: Credit union credit cards

To answer your question credit unions are necessarily easier to go get but they are generally manually underwritten and not solely based on computer judgement. I'd say they tend to look at the whole picture.

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09Lexie
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Re: Credit union credit cards

+1 to manually underwritten and looks at the whole picture. There are some CUs that are conservative (PenFed) and some that are 'easier' (NFCU) but in general cu terms -APR-are better.

They might also offer cc secured with a CD or other options for approval.
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Re: Credit union credit cards

It's good to establish a relationship with them.  I was with mine for a year before I apped for a "credit builder" loan.  I borrowed 1k and they took it out of my account monthly.  They also attached a savings account to it that built up over $200 in the process.  After paying it off I apped for their cc and was approved for 5k.

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Re: Credit union credit cards


Hubcapjw wrote:
In general are credit union credit cards easier to get? I have a zero score and a cap 1 secured card. I found a local credit union to join and was wondering how long I should wait to apply for a card thru the credit union? Cap 1 is the only card I have and I'm going into my 3 rd month. Thoughts would be appreciated!

CU cards are typically more easier to get and if you do not have recent baddies can net you some decent starting CL's. IMO I would hold that secured card for at least 6 months and make a few deposits on it (get it to 2-3K) then try for it!!




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Radek7752
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Re: Credit union credit cards

I would say that most CU cards are easier to get, but there are obvious exceptions like PenFed. My first credit card in my own name was through a credit union and I finally closed it out this past week due to no rewards structure and no real way to service the account over the phone. I would wait another 6 months before applying just to show a longer period of responsible use with what you have. You definitely don't want to be offered another secured card.
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Hubcapjw
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Re: Credit union credit cards

Thank you for the advice! Much appreciated!

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