So - I filed a chapter 7 last March and I'm coming up on my 1 year.
My question/advice seeking is:
What would you recommend I do in the next 6 months to increase my score to 700? (If possible)
Any way tips/tricks to removing bad info?
I have pulled all three of my reports (via mail) and am going to work on getting stuff removed if possible. I have 8 accounts closed. 7 with dergatory remarks. I've actually had some success with getting a couple things removed. I figure it can't hurt to try.
I've even cleaned up my lexis nexis report (public info)
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR RESPONSES!
I would just garden the cards you have and try to clean your reports up
Noted. I'll take that adivce!
If anyone else wants to chime in ... the more the merrier!
I did... it wasn't for a lot, but I doubt that matters.
On the idea of closing my Credit One card, I haven't had it for a year yet - would that look bad to have a closed account?
If it would look bad, or negatively effect my credit score, should I keep the Credit One and just look to get a major issuer card?
My suggestion is to leave a small balance on one of your cards so that it reports, then pay it. One account showing a balance makes for higher scores than all accounts showing zero. Just my take.
Edited to add. I would keep my Credit One card for now, but leave a zero balance each month.
I was prequal'd for a quicksilver (1.5% cashback - $39 annual fee) & Platinum (No annual fee)
What are your thoughts on getting a credit card through my bank? Does that increase my mortage options with them?
Agreed - and I've read this before. I'll definitely do that.
Is there a card that's better than another to do that with? (outside of benefits that come with the card) ... not sure if certain cards (issuers) hold more 'clout' in the credit game?
No, cards don't hold more "clout" over other cards. You don't get more points for having an Amex vs having CapOne. The biggest difference will be that "sub-prime" lenders like credit one will usually have very high fees associated with the credit card, so it will cost you more money to use those lenders, and you will probably not get any rewards or cash back options. The limits of the cards you have can help your score, and usually you will not get huge limits with those sub prime lenders. The only other thing to consider is that if a card reports as "secured" it might be looked at slightly less favorably by some lenders than an unsecured credit card, but at the end of the day a secured card is going to be much better than no card if you are having trouble getting approvals, and you can use them to build history to get unsecured later. Try to go for cards that will graduate over time.
Did you burn capital one? They are pretty forgiving with BK even if you did burn them and can be a good way to get away from store cards and credit one. You could also look at discover secured, navy federal secured, or possibly another credit union in your area if they are BK friendly.