03-16-2010 05:13 PM
I got engaged back in december and I have a lot of questions about how getting married affects your credit. I have pretty decent scores over 750 usually. I have four cards with CLs of, 7,8,9 and 10K. My fiance has limited credit history and can't get approved for a prime card. She has a cap 1 (credit steps) which indicates the eventual max cl will be 750. She also has a CU card with 1500. Is her lower score and shorter credit history going to bring down my scores?
How does it work? When we (someday) apply for a mortgage will they check both scores? Do your CRA reports get combined?
Should I add her as an AU on my cards (will it boost her scores)??
03-16-2010 05:27 PM
Marriage does not combine your credit at all. You each have seperate credit report and always will.
Any credit that you get jointly of any kind will show up on both reports and get included in scoring. If either of you add the other as Authorized User, then usually that account will show on both reports and affect scores.
It is generally recommended that you keep most of your credit as individual accounts and you can use the AU to allow for the other to use. You can also use it to improve the score of the other by adding AU on good accounts with long history.
When applying for mortgage together, they will look at both of your scores.
03-16-2010 05:32 PM
Congrats on your engagement. You still have individual credit reports and scores when you get married, the reports don't get merged. The only way you will have the same accounts reporting is if you get a joint account (which is typically discouraged except for mortgages). If you do apply for a joint mortgage, they will go by whoever has the lower scores, but her scores will have no bearing on your scores. She should get a score bump if you add her to your oldest CC account, but you want to make sure that account has no negative information and always maintains low utilization. However, a manual review of her report (such as what occurs during a mortgage app) will reveal that her score is being propped up in part by an AU account. Beyond that, she should continue to build her own credit history, maintain low balances on her credit cards and avoid late payments on her accounts.
03-16-2010 05:35 PM
No, her lack of a good credit history will not bring down your scores. Your credit is yours, your fiancee's is her own. Getting married does not mean your CRA reports are combined, however, many couples choose to apply for credit jointly after marriage and thus many accounts would look similar.
When you apply for credit, they check whomever's scores are going on the mortgage. So if you plan to have both of your incomes taken into consideration for a mortgage, both of your scores will be used.
If your cards have long histories (longer than hers, on average) feel free to add her as an AU. If your getting married soon, I'd probably wait until you get name changes and address changes taken care of (if she is changing her name and if you haven't already moved into together.)
03-17-2010 05:47 AM
zkder wrote: Hi everyone, I got engaged back in december and I have a lot of questions about how getting married affects your credit...
While all of the above replies are accurate, there's still a few things you must consider carefully regarding your personal credit situation after you marry...
...and lots, lots more! You're gonna love it!!
(Just kiddin'.....or am I? Congrats on your engagement, but remember, there's still time...)
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