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will increasing credit limit help my fico scores

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will increasing credit limit help my fico scores

I need to raise my middle score by 15 pts for my mortgage loan approval. I have 3 low limit cc.s with a total of 1% utilization. My question is if i increase my secured card from 200 to 1000 credit limit will it improve my score. not much else i can do besides time to improve at this pt.


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Re: will increasing credit limit help my fico scores

No.  Although if you're carrying small balances on all three cards, you can get a boost by paying two of those to 0%. 


Starting Score: EQ 583 TU04 619 EX 592 (lender pull) 2010
Previous High Score: EQ 700 TU04 712 EX 726
Current Score: EQ 740 TU(Discover) 750 EX(AMEX) 747
Goal Score: 740+ all around


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Re: will increasing credit limit help my fico scores

Really mauve?? I thought having a higher limit (setting aside utilization %) does improve your score (though I imagine not significantly). Silly Experian tells me that one of the things hurting me is low credit limits on my cards. Not true?

Mid-2010 Starting Scores: FAKO EQ 476 FAKO EX 506 FICO TU98 575
July 2017 Current Scores: Approx 710 (waiting for official updates)
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Re: will increasing credit limit help my fico scores

It may be true for FAKOs, but not for FICOs.  If you're getting a score from EX, it's a FAKO. 


Starting Score: EQ 583 TU04 619 EX 592 (lender pull) 2010
Previous High Score: EQ 700 TU04 712 EX 726
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Re: will increasing credit limit help my fico scores


MBOhio2 wrote:

Really mauve?? I thought having a higher limit (setting aside utilization %) does improve your score (though I imagine not significantly). Silly Experian tells me that one of the things hurting me is low credit limits on my cards. Not true?


If you got your reports and score from the EX website the reports are accurate but the scores and advice are best ignored.

 

 

 

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Re: will increasing credit limit help my fico scores

If your CL inreases without  proportional increase in balance, then yes the increased CL will lower your % util, which should improve your scoring of % util.

The key is your overall % util of your CLs, and not the CLs themselves.

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Re: will increasing credit limit help my fico scores

Robert, I said "no" because OP said balances were at 1% or less already.  An increase in CL wouldn't make a difference in this case. 


Starting Score: EQ 583 TU04 619 EX 592 (lender pull) 2010
Previous High Score: EQ 700 TU04 712 EX 726
Current Score: EQ 740 TU(Discover) 750 EX(AMEX) 747
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Re: will increasing credit limit help my fico scores

Oh yes, I totally realized that the score I was looking at was a FAKO (from Experian directly) but I thought there would at least be some truth to the advice they were giving... so annoying that they would suggest things to consumers (e.g. increase credit limits) that literally have no bearing on scores!!

 

Thanks for the answers!

Mid-2010 Starting Scores: FAKO EQ 476 FAKO EX 506 FICO TU98 575
July 2017 Current Scores: Approx 710 (waiting for official updates)
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Re: will increasing credit limit help my fico scores

This is another problem with FAKOs - the advice will help you raise your FAKO, but some actions will raise your FAKO and lower your FICO. 


Starting Score: EQ 583 TU04 619 EX 592 (lender pull) 2010
Previous High Score: EQ 700 TU04 712 EX 726
Current Score: EQ 740 TU(Discover) 750 EX(AMEX) 747
Goal Score: 740+ all around


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Re: will increasing credit limit help my fico scores

That's so bizarre... you would think they'd all be on the "same team"... thanks for the info mauve!

Mid-2010 Starting Scores: FAKO EQ 476 FAKO EX 506 FICO TU98 575
July 2017 Current Scores: Approx 710 (waiting for official updates)
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