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athan12
Posts: 104
Registered: ‎12-28-2012

Re: Secured BofA Credit card question

bump

Starting score as of 12/2012: EQ 570
Current score as of 02/2013: EQ 619


Current scores as of 06/2014:
EQ: 640
TU: 650
EX: 655

GOAL: 700
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BrokaToe
Posts: 726
Registered: ‎05-12-2012

Re: Secured BofA Credit card question


athan12 wrote:

I heard opening an account raises your score? Does it apply to having secured cc??


If you currently do not have any open revolving trade lines reporting, then adding a new trade line can give you a little boost in score. Even though the BOA 99/500 card reports as secured it can still significantly raise your score over time by making your payments on a monthly basis. If you would like to see the card unsecure after 12 months I would suggest paying your balance in full every month and take very good care of it.

 

BOA is not the easiest creditor to get in with, so if you have a chance of getting their secured product, then I would definitely go for it, it will grow with you over time. In fact it's one of the few secured products that will.


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PrettyGyrl
Posts: 115
Registered: ‎01-19-2013

Re: Secured BofA Credit card question

Just for applying and getting approved for the BofA secured cc my score jumped 23 points. I just got it yesterday in the mail and the score hike occured on Satuday. I can't wait for the uS Bank & CAP1 to report.

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snowkitty
Posts: 985
Registered: ‎09-10-2012

Re: Secured BofA Credit card question

The boa 99/500 was the first cc company that took a chance on me. I can't remember how much it bumped my score but it was between 20-25 points and then that opened me up to discover and ge.
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athan12
Posts: 104
Registered: ‎12-28-2012

Re: Secured BofA Credit card question

I only have one credit card right now. Do does opening another secured card still raises my score? Im at 619 and my goal is 650 before 03/2013 so im not that far from my goal

Starting score as of 12/2012: EQ 570
Current score as of 02/2013: EQ 619


Current scores as of 06/2014:
EQ: 640
TU: 650
EX: 655

GOAL: 700
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Wolf3
Posts: 3,198
Registered: ‎01-24-2010

Re: Secured BofA Credit card question


athan12 wrote:

I only have one credit card right now. Do does opening another secured card still raises my score? Im at 619 and my goal is 650 before 03/2013 so im not that far from my goal


From a score point of view secured and unsecured are exactly the same.   2 Inquiries will not have much effect.   After the 1st card, the 2nd and 3rd card will help some in the score, expecially after a year.    

One advantage of secured card is you can put down a big deposit for big CL.   Bigger CL has no effect on score, but sometimes helps get bigger limits in future applications.

 

 

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BrokaToe
Posts: 726
Registered: ‎05-12-2012

Re: Secured BofA Credit card question


Wolf3 wrote:

From a score point of view secured and unsecured are exactly the same.   2 Inquiries will not have much effect.   After the 1st card, the 2nd and 3rd card will help some in the score, expecially after a year.    

One advantage of secured card is you can put down a big deposit for big CL.   Bigger CL has no effect on score, but sometimes helps get bigger limits in future applications.

 

 


definitely agree with that one!


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