Re: Do I need to get a car loan to raise my FICO score to excellent?
01-14-2013 06:43 AM
A credit balance will report as a zero balance.
General drift on the forums is that the highest score results from two or three national / bank credit cards. "Less than half" but at least one reporting a balance, and rotate which ones report a balance each month. Keep utilization below 10%.
I remember one post where the OP did what you're doing, took all to zero balance, then let one card report a small balance and the score went up slightly.
Starting Score:11/16/2009 EQ 566 11/16/2009 TU 538
Interim Score: 4/2/2011 EQ 682 1/14/2011 TU 665
Current Score: 12/27/2012 EQ 683 09/17/2012 EX (lender) 670 1/01/2013 TU 701
Goal Score: EQ 700 TU 700
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