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What should I do to gain maximum UTL points?

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What should I do to gain maximum UTL points?

Hi All,
 
I am getting closer to my mortgage pre-approval date (w/c 1st April).   I've been playing the UTL game for a few months and my scores are creeping upwards at a "snails pace".  I feel like I'm stuck in a rut.
 
Below listed are all of my cc's. I plan to close FPB's and Credit One but not until my mortgage papers are fully signed and keys are in my hands.
 
I want to ensure that I am gaining the max points for UTL this month for purposes of boosting my score a bit.  I will pay BOA and Hooter's next week and need to know if I should allow balances to post on one of the cc's or both.  Could you please offer advise on how much I should allow to post?
 
I've only allowed 1 cc to post a balance of 2-5% over the course of the past 4 months but this month is even more critical.
 
I welcome your feedback.
 
FPB              $0 bal/$500 cl  (reported to cra's 3/5/08)
FPB              $0 bal/$400 cl  (reported to cra's 3/5/08)
Credit One   $0 bal/$500 cl  (to report to cra's 3/14/08)
BOA              ___ /$1400 cl (to report to cra's 3/20/08)
Hooter's        ___ /$1850 cl (to report to cra's 3/21/08)
 
Total                        $4650 cl
 

 
(04/21/08): TU683, EQ670(5/10), EX701(5/4)
(11/24/07): TU681, EQ671, EX684
(07/07/07): TU578, EQ572, EX583
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Re: What should I do to gain maximum UTL points?

Hi busywoman!
 
Good job preparing or your mortgage app.  Sounds like you are preparing for it well.
 
IMO, allowing $14 to report on BOA and $18.50 on Hooters would be ideal.  That puts each of those cards at exactly 1%.  You will be at less than 1% overall, and only two cards out of five reporting balances.
 
Perfect.
 
Good luck!  I'm sure you'll keep us posted.
 
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App free since 7/11/08.
TU 744 / EX 710 / EQ 694 (Starting to slip. Smiley Surprised )
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Re: What should I do to gain maximum UTL points?

Thank you Cheddar, as always.
 
I'm doing everything possible but it really seems like I am lucky to get a point or two each month.  I use BOA and Hooter's every day but no more than I am able to PIF.
 
I will follow your guidance and leave these balances on both cc's then will report my results. 
 
 
(04/21/08): TU683, EQ670(5/10), EX701(5/4)
(11/24/07): TU681, EQ671, EX684
(07/07/07): TU578, EQ572, EX583
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Re: What should I do to gain maximum UTL points?

Busywoman, are there any baddies on your CRs? With the utils the way they are, you should have some really nice scores.
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Re: What should I do to gain maximum UTL points?

For those looking for immediate FICO bumps within the next month or two, I offer the following as an additional strategy to consider.  Most posts on here dismiss installment loan %util as being an insignificant factor, but in some cases, it may be the one that can be used in the very short term to get additional pts.

The broad category of credit util counts 30% of total FICO, or 256 pts.  A portion of this is revolv util, and a portion of this is install util.  While the relative weighting of revolv vs install util used by FICO in their scoring algorithm is not known, assume that revolving is weighted 5 times more than installment.  Thus, assume that install accounts for 25% of the 30%, and installment accounts for 5% of that 30%.  With this assumption, revolv util accounts for appox 213 points total, and installment util accounts for 42 points total.

Assume that one has minimized %revolv util, and is still looking for a further point gain within a month or two.  The only remaining area where any substantial short term points can be immediately gained thus becomes under install util. 

Consider an installment loan that is currently at 50% util.  If one were to immediately reduce this util to 25% of init loan amount, then up to 10 FICO points would be possible.  Not something to just be dismissed.

I do not advocate paying off an existing install loan, for that will hurt in the other "credit mix" category, which is 10% of total FICO.  But a short term additional payment on that install loan will reduce install util, and thus may give a short term gain higher than could be obtained by any other immediate action.

Something to be considered…….



Message Edited by RobertEG on 03-09-2008 09:19 PM
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