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Registered: ‎08-10-2007

25 point increase in score....YAY!!...but ???

My score is currently lower than DH (mine was 595, his 650), and my record a bit 'dirtier'.
We refinanced mortgage and today the original mortgage was reported as paid score went up 25 and his didn't budge. Last week the HELOC for 35k was also reported as paid/closed and my score went up 5, his didn't budge. Why?
Also, I paid off all of our revolving debt, but for $1500 of mine (which was at 95% util) at the end of June. The payoffs were to AmEx, Chase, and Cap1 - not one of these has generated a Score Watch or change of any kind. Shouldn't we be seeing something?????
I need to apply for a student loan for my student, and I'm waiting to see the fruits of my zero balances before that is done!
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Registered: ‎05-01-2007

Re: 25 point increase in score....YAY!!...but ???

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There are different factors which affect the fico score. Average account balances is one that gets overlooked a lot.  Here is what you can do. The two of you need to sit down togtehr and comapre both reports. For each person right down the account, month & year it was opened, & write down for how long. For example: Chase Visa opened 5/1998  Current date is 7/2008-therefore the acocunt is 10 years and 2 months old.
Chase Visa     opened 5/1998                 age of account     10 years 2 months old      122 MONTHS
Wells Fargo Loan      opened 5/2002      age of account       6 years 2 months old        74 MONTHS
Toyota car loan          opened 12/2006    age of account      1 year  7 months old          19 MONTHS
You add all three accounts and then you divide by three. There are 12 months in a year. So 10 years equlas 120 months. If have six accounts then you divide the number by six.
By adding new accounts you lower the average account age.
This is one example. Like I said there are other factors involved such as number of inquiries, types of accounts, how old an account is, etc.
Another possibility can be if the creditor does not report what the credit limit is on any revolving account.

Message Edited by CreditBob on 07-20-2008 05:49 AM
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Re: 25 point increase in score....YAY!!...but ???

This is why I contradict conventional wisdom and recommend that young people get several lines of credit early in life. This way, the build account history and age as early as possible. By the time they graduate from college and get ready to buy a home, they've got four or five years of history, and a new account or two won't ding their average age very much.
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