Okay, so I have been with Cap 1 for 7 months now, paid on time and in full each month. Using less than 10% of Credit. I only have two tradelines in good standing, the Cap 1 card, and a student loan I have been perfect on for 24 months. My credit before is BAD. I was young and dumb and didn't pay my bills on time. Lots of charge offs and one open collection for 2gs w Ford Credit (should I pay this?). My wife and I want to buy a home this year and would like to get pre-approved ASAP. My scores are Experian 592, Equifax 634, and TU 649,and she is around 620 w a foreclosure from 3 yrs ago. My question is should I remain the course with my two tradelines and very minimal credit ($300), or apply for a new another secured, or unsecured card? If so, any recommendations on cards? My gross income is around $70k a year and my wife's is 115k a year. I have been in current position about 18 months and she has been at her job 2 plus years. Any tips, recs, help would GREATLY appreciated! Thanks so much!
Ill also add we have very LITTLE debt between the two us so I am wondering if there is a company that would look at our income and low DTI for approval more than just our scores.
Since it's a secured card, you can also increase your CL by depositing more money.
They didn't automatically give you one at the 6 month mark? That's usually the only unsecured CLI you will get on Secured card if anything.
Maybe try for one Capital One's other cards? Usually of the Average Credit variety.
I pulled the EQ score from My Fico and the Experian and TU scores I paid for through myfreecreditreport.com. Not sure if they are FICO or not?
Just log into your account online and make an additional deposit to increase your credit line.
Thank you. I am a little hesitant to apply and get denied but I dont think my credit will improve much until I get some new lines w good history. I dont have any hard pulls since 6/12, when I applied for the CL card. I do have a couple unknown pulls from creditors on 8/12 and 12/12. Can I get those removed since I obviously did not give them consent? Any tips on easy to qualify for unsecured cards?
Hey Speeding Wheels,
I see you have a cap 1 card as well. Was that your first card on the road back? Was the Cap 1 cash rewards hard to qualify for?
Personally I wouldn't apply for anything right now.
Make an additional depost on your Cap1 card to increase the CL, let your INQ's age and your score will go up.
GIve it a few months and then you'll be in a much better position to try for something unsecured.