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Posts: 63
Registered: ‎09-05-2012

How Long Until I Recover?

My first year of credit was rather eventful. I started with a Cap1 secured card, and a $200 limit. Seven months later I signed up for an Amex green, and Discover More ($2,500). I now have about three months history on those, and ten months on the Cap1. Just this month I took out an auto loan as well for 10k. How long should I expect it to take with perfect payments for my score to be up in the 720 range again?
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Registered: ‎11-02-2010

Re: How Long Until I Recover?

It's hard to say, because so many factors go into a credit score and no two people's profiles are identical. For me, I went on an app spree last Aug and was approved for four new accounts. By the time all of the new accounts hit, my EQ went from 723 down to 695. But by the beginning of Nov, I was right back up to 723 again, which was a faster recovery than I expected. Why did this happen? I don't really know... ah, the mysteries of the FICO algorithm.


That being said, you should expect to see some recovery by six months, and all of the ding from the inqs should be gone by a year, even though they will remain on your reports for two years. The best thing that you can do is to use your new accounts responsibly -- always pay on time and keep your reported balances low -- and enjoy your new cards as you wait for your scores to bounce back.. Smiley Happy

Current Scores: EQ 775 (03/04/2014), EX 756 (03/01/2014), TU 760 (03/01/2014)
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Cards: Cap1 Venture 6.4k, Cap1 Quicksilver MC 1.75k, BankAmericard 1-2-3 Visa Signature - UCF Alumni Association 5k, Discover 7k, Citi Diamond Preferred MC 10.35k, Wells Fargo Rewards Visa 7k, Chase Freedom 5k, Chase Ink 7.5k, Amex Green NPSL, Dillard's Amex 7.5k, JC Penney 7.5k, Kay Jeweler's 5.1k
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Posts: 537
Registered: ‎02-27-2012

Re: How Long Until I Recover?

It's also going to depend on your utilization on the cards. I know a lot of people here on the forums have suggested keeping a 1-9% balance on one card, and paying the other cards in full.

AMEX PRG - NPSL I AMEX Everyday Preferred - $22.8k I Chase Ritz-Carlton - $21k I Capital One Venture - $20k I Chase Sapphire Preferred - $15k I Capital One Quicksilver - $10k I NFCU Flagship Rewards Visa Signature - $15k I NASA FCU - $10k I Texell FCU Visa - $5k I Chase Freedom - $4.8k I Citi Double Cash - $4.8k I NFCU CLOC - $15k I Total Unsecured Credit - $142,200

EQ FICO - 680 (7/12/15) I TU FICO - 771 (7/12/15) I EX FICO - 751 (7/12/15)

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