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Secured Card & Mortgage

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Secured Card & Mortgage

Hello--I'm trying to raise my mortgage score (586/596/603) I only have 2 inquiries,  and my collections should all be deleted in the next couple of months. I want to try for a mortgage as soon as it's feasible,  maybe by the end of the year. 


My newer model credit scores are high enough for a credit card (617/611/607 FICO 8) and I'd like to boost my ratio by getting and not using one. Also,  most of my lines have been closed,  so I'd think a new line would help.  I've heard though that I shouldn't get a card within 12 months of applying for a mortgage. 


Would a secured card avoid the credit inquiry? Is taking the inquiry hit worth driving down my ratio and getting a new line? I only have installment loans and my mortgage now. All revolving was closed and (eventually) paid off. 


Thank you!


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New Visitor

Re: Secured Card & Mortgage

No. You'll have an inquiry for applying for a secured card like you would an unsecured card.

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Frequent Contributor

Re: Secured Card & Mortgage

Normal advise is to not apply for anything within 12 months of a prospective mortgage application. That said, your scores are so low right now it isn't going to make a whole lot of differance.


What's caysing these low scores? Just the collections? Do you have anything outstanding that is still active but is seriously deliquant?

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Established Member

Re: Secured Card & Mortgage

Poor payment history (self employed and going through divorce). No active delenquencies. I think something that is hurting is that I have no open revolving credit. I have only installment loans and one closed credit account that is current, but I have no unused capcaity there, so my utilization is really high. That's why I was hoping a new line of credit that I keep very low usage on would give me a boost.  Many of the collections I had are being removed, but the dismal history prior to collections is of course still there.

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Re: Secured Card & Mortgage

Get an Open Sky card and that way you can kill two birds with one stone; open revolver and no hp on your reports! 

Best of luck with your mortgage!

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Established Member

Re: Secured Card & Mortgage

Thanks! I'll look into that.

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