Yes, you're right BungalowMo, I meant limits not balances. I have been on some websites to see if I qualify for their cards and the ones I want ask if you have 1 credit card with at least a $10,000 limit. My scores are attached to my siggy. My util is still pretty high, 50-40 percent and I still have 2 old derogs due to fall off later this year. No primecards with high limits for me right now, though I am anticipating joining the 700 club by June by cutting my current util in half and the additional 6 mos aging from my previous score last month. I'm going to leave this alone, I don't want to hijack this thread.
txjohn, that is an excellent clarification.
Wait till the derogs fall off, if that happens this year. And work on paying your utilizations down during the wait time. You want to get under 35%, which is a significant threshhold, generally speaking. Lower is better....but at your levels, that would help alot.
If you can qualify for membership with NFCU....that is your ticket to instantly higher CL's than what you have ever had.