My wife and I are attempting to buy a home and she ran he MYFICO score and it came out to be a 572. Now she only has 5 marks on her credit report, 2 being badies. She has an old cell phone in collections for 2 years, and 2 30 day lates on her car from 2 years ago. The other thing she has is a capitalone credit card with a $750 CL at $706.
My question is if we pay off her Cap one and settle her old cell phone bill with a PFD how high could her score potentially change?
Thanks in advance!!!
Is the cap one an open active card? If so, that balance is MURDERING her score. Utilization is 30% (or is it 35?) of your score. I went from a 565 mid in may with around 90% util and sit at a 637 mid at around 4%...my transuion alone went up about 85pts from dropping the balances. If you can get a PFD for that collection and try to goodwill those lates away, that'll help too.
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At this point the collection is keeping you in the derogatory scoring buckets. If it is your only major derogatory, it will gradually hurt less but will still have substantial effect until it drops off at 7-7.5 years.
The two 30 day lates have almost no effect at this point.
The maxed out CapOne is hurting you quite a bit. Pay it down so it reports almost nothing and see what you can get. It could be worth 30-70 points as a guess.