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Joint Account Card

I'm trying to help my partner build credit, he currently has none. I know all the risks and warnings of opening a joint account and I am willing to accept those risks. What I want to know is what cards would be good to ap for. I would like to get a card from a prime bank so that it looks better for his credit when he apples for cards or loans on his own, rewards would be nice since it will be PIF every month until its closed.

My stats are: AAOA 5.5 yrs, Oldest account 17 yrs, Overall Util 6.5%, INQs: TU 5 (3 over a year, 2 for GE), EQ 4 (all over a year), EX 4 ( all over a year); 1 30d late (6/08); Discover it $12K (4/12), Cap1 Platinum $500 (2/07), Chase $750 (3/07), GE Lumber Liquidators $2.5K (12/12), GE CareCredit $2K (1/13)
Current Scores: EQ 766, TU 752

His Stats: No credit accounts .......1 - collection for $2300 that's 6 yrs old (being disputed but having trouble having it removed), 1 - collection that we are working a PFD for $65 from 3 yrs ago

What are my best options?
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Re: Joint Account Card

Chase Freedom is my first thoiught

Granted, I'm no expert in this game

 

 

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Re: Joint Account Card


fittiger wrote:
I'm trying to help my partner build credit, he currently has none. I know all the risks and warnings of opening a joint account and I am willing to accept those risks. What I want to know is what cards would be good to ap for. I would like to get a card from a prime bank so that it looks better for his credit when he apples for cards or loans on his own, rewards would be nice since it will be PIF every month until its closed.

My stats are: AAOA 5.5 yrs, Oldest account 17 yrs, Overall Util 6.5%, INQs: TU 5 (3 over a year, 2 for GE), EQ 4 (all over a year), EX 4 ( all over a year); 1 30d late (6/08); Discover it $12K (4/12), Cap1 Platinum $500 (2/07), Chase $750 (3/07), GE Lumber Liquidators $2.5K (12/12), GE CareCredit $2K (1/13)
Current Scores: EQ 766, TU 752

His Stats: No credit accounts .......1 - collection for $2300 that's 6 yrs old (being disputed but having trouble having it removed), 1 - collection that we are working a PFD for $65 from 3 yrs ago

What are my best options?

Not everyone offers Joint accounts, Capital One for instance.   It may not be that easy to get prime CC.

 

If you don't find a joint account you like, consider a secured card for your partner (loan him the money if you need).   IMO, a better approach.  Then when his credit report is clean, he will have some good history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: Joint Account Card

I'm not positive this would work with the credit cards you have, but I recently added my girlfriend to my amex bce card and was told that it will report to the agency's so she will start to gain credit, she has none right now, so if you didn't want to do a secure credit card you could probably add them as a au to one of your accounts

Or maybe you could do that and a secure credit card if you wanted, a secure credit card from USAA doesn't report as a secure credit card, because you put the money in a cd, so if you can get a USAA account you may want to look into that







Amex BCE $14k (backdated to 1/11), Chase Freedom $500 (11/2012)
Discover It Student $3k (3/13), Citi Dividend Platinum Visa $3k (3/13)
Capital One Cash Rewards Visa $3.5k (3/13)
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Re: Joint Account Card

I have a personal fear of joint accounts- that collection will be hard to get around due to the amount. IMO, I would add him to your Discover or Chase as an AU or as Wolf3 suggested- find a secured card that graduates ( not sure BoA will approve with that collection) or just a secured card. Collection should fall off in a yr and after having either the secured account open a year and/or being an AU on yours- he should be fine.
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Re: Joint Account Card

I've added him as an AU to both the Cap1 and the Discover and none of his credit reports show either as a TL. He was added to both almost a year ago and we just checked his reports in February. I contacted both companies and they both indicated they were reporting to all 3 CRA's, but still nothing.

The odd thing is he has a CreditSesame score of 709 showing both accounts.....so why aren't they on his Experian credit report?
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Re: Joint Account Card

Do you have the same address? I added my DH to Discover and its on his CR's
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Re: Joint Account Card

Yes, we live together and have the same current address on each of our respective Reports
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Re: Joint Account Card

I'm sorry but I'm still gasping over your $12k limit with Discover with $3k being your highest after that? sigh

 

Okay... He is AUTH on your Discover but it's not reporting??

 

HMMM, strange... Discover "use" to offer joint, but it's like Chase... you can call and they sent out a form to add the joint holder and then they would add with no pull... but if you want off or want them off, it's a close and apply for a new card on your own (Discover) Chase allows you to "apply" basically to remove 1 joint person but it will cost both of you a HP and if they don't think you qualify to have the account on your own it will reain joint or they may close the account if they no longer like either of you!

 

USbank offers Joint from opening point (put yourself first!)

GE allows joint (again it's once it's open and you can call and request the form to add (no pull) no option to go back, joint or close!

Amex is probably best - Only AU but it WILL report!