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UTIL went from 101% to 7% and only a 3 pt increase!

Frequent Contributor

UTIL went from 101% to 7% and only a 3 pt increase!

I just refreshed my score and my Authorized User status on a 13K Discover with 0 balance just reported bringing my UTIL down to 7% but I only got a 2 point increase.

 

What gives?

5/16/13 Starting FICOEQ: 521 FICOTU: 536 FICOEX: 571
5/13/14 Current FICOEQ: 668 FICOTU: 690 FICOEX: 673
11 REPLIES
Valued Contributor

Re: UTIL went from 101% to 7% and only a 3 pt increase!

So your card was maxed out?  and you paid it down to below 10%?  Do you have other cards that are maxed out?  Which report did you pull to verify balances.  Also, is this the EQ score from this site?  Not everyone is in the same scoring bucket (ie:  the FICO factors are weighed differently depending on what is on your report).

EX:694 TU:744 EQ:777
Amex ED $19.5k - BoA Travel Rewards $15k - CSP $5k - SDFCU EMV $15k - NFCU goRewards $20k - Barclays Arrival $6.5k
Frequent Contributor

Re: UTIL went from 101% to 7% and only a 3 pt increase!

No, I was added as an AU adding 13K to my UTIL.  I was at 101% UTIL but after adding the high CL, it dropped to 7%.

 

I got it directly from EQ (which I refresh everyday)

5/16/13 Starting FICOEQ: 521 FICOTU: 536 FICOEX: 571
5/13/14 Current FICOEQ: 668 FICOTU: 690 FICOEX: 673
Moderator

Re: UTIL went from 101% to 7% and only a 3 pt increase!

What else is on the report?

Senior Contributor

Re: UTIL went from 101% to 7% and only a 3 pt increase!

How old was that account you got added to and what was your AAoA before being added?

Valued Contributor

Re: UTIL went from 101% to 7% and only a 3 pt increase!

It also sounds as if you still have a badly maxed-out card, which is going to continue counting against you until you get its balance way down. Remember that scores consider both overall util and util of individual cards.

 

Valued Contributor

Re: UTIL went from 101% to 7% and only a 3 pt increase!


Gunnar419 wrote:

It also sounds as if you still have a badly maxed-out card, which is going to continue counting against you until you get its balance way down. Remember that scores consider both overall util and util of individual cards.

 


+1

EX:694 TU:744 EQ:777
Amex ED $19.5k - BoA Travel Rewards $15k - CSP $5k - SDFCU EMV $15k - NFCU goRewards $20k - Barclays Arrival $6.5k
Frequent Contributor

Re: UTIL went from 101% to 7% and only a 3 pt increase!


sharriel wrote:

No, I was added as an AU adding 13K to my UTIL.  I was at 101% UTIL but after adding the high CL, it dropped to 7%.

 

I got it directly from EQ (which I refresh everyday)


Sounds like this a FAKO score. While your real FICO might have gotten a bump (assuming you have no supressing baddies), your individual util is still 101%. Are you over the limit? 

 

 


Starting Score: 501
Current Score: 754 EQ,TU 745,EX 750
Goal Score: 800

Super Contributor

Re: UTIL went from 101% to 7% and only a 3 pt increase!


shols44 wrote:

sharriel wrote:

No, I was added as an AU adding 13K to my UTIL.  I was at 101% UTIL but after adding the high CL, it dropped to 7%.

 

I got it directly from EQ (which I refresh everyday)


Sounds like this a FAKO score. While your real FICO might have gotten a bump (assuming you have no supressing baddies), your individual util is still 101%. Are you over the limit? 

 

 


+1.   If this is the Equifax Credit Score then ignore it.    FAKOs often behave in an opposite way from FICO scores.

March2010 FICO® ~ 695 TU, 653 EQ, 697 EX
Super Contributor

Re: UTIL went from 101% to 7% and only a 3 pt increase!

 

Moving to Understanding FICO scoring.

March2010 FICO® ~ 695 TU, 653 EQ, 697 EX