cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

Which accounts should I pay off first?

tag
Anonymous
Not applicable

Which accounts should I pay off first?

I am currently in escrow for a home (closing in 60 days) and I have some extra $$$.  Not enough to pay everything off, though.  Should I pay off smaller store account balances to $0 or apply it towards some of my accounts with higher balances (bank credit cards)?

 

My credit score is decent - about 708, but I would like to use this extra money in a way that would benefit me the most in a relatively short amount of time.  

 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  

Message 1 of 14
13 REPLIES 13
Anonymous
Not applicable

Re: Which accounts should I pay off first?

I would prioritize the money in the follwing way:

 

First, pay all cards to < 49%

 

Then, after that, create as many $0 balances on your cards as possible.  In practice this would mean paying off cards with the smallest balances.

 

If all that can be accomplished, try last of all paying down one or more of the remaining big balances to < 29%.

 

With regard to the first step, make sure that you take into account being charged interest.  I.e. even after the issuer charges you interest and any other fees, your balance needs to still be < 48.9%

Message 2 of 14
Anonymous
Not applicable

Re: Which accounts should I pay off first?

Thanks for the quick reply.  The info is very helpful.  I only have one card that is right over the 49%.  All others are below.  I will pay that one down to below and then knock out the smaller balances to zero.  Then, of course, work on knocking them all down to 0 balance.  

 

 

Message 3 of 14
Anonymous
Not applicable

Re: Which accounts should I pay off first?

Yup, final goal should be to have all CC debt paid off.  Then continue to use one card after that so that you always have one card reporting a balance.

Message 4 of 14
CreditInspired
Community Leader
Super Contributor

Re: Which accounts should I pay off first?

I agree that paying down/off CCs is a great idea. However, IMHO, I think you should ask your lender about this before moving forward. This way, there will be no questions about where these extra funds came from unless these funds were already noted when you first applied for the mortgage. Just my 2 cents.

|| AmX Cash Magnet $40.5K || NFCU CashRewards $30K || Discover IT $24.7K || Macys $24.2K || NFCU CLOC $15K || NFCU Platinum $15K || CitiCostco $12.7K || Chase FU $12.7K || Apple Card $7K || BOA CashRewards $6K
Message 5 of 14
Anonymous
Not applicable

Re: Which accounts should I pay off first?

That's a good point.  I will do that.  It's not a whole lot of money.  Actually, it's just proceeds from stuff I am selling as I am packing.  I'm trying not to take more stuff with me than I actually need.

Message 6 of 14
SouthJamaica
Mega Contributor

Re: Which accounts should I pay off first?


@Anonymous wrote:

I am currently in escrow for a home (closing in 60 days) and I have some extra $$$.  Not enough to pay everything off, though.  Should I pay off smaller store account balances to $0 or apply it towards some of my accounts with higher balances (bank credit cards)?

 

My credit score is decent - about 708, but I would like to use this extra money in a way that would benefit me the most in a relatively short amount of time.  

 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  


My sense of the mortgage scores is that they are extremely sensitive to 'number of accounts carrying balances'... so in your shoes my priority would be getting as many cards as possible down to zero.

 

 


Total revolving limits 657200 (536700 reporting) FICO 8: EQ 712 TU 710 EX 710

Message 7 of 14
Anonymous
Not applicable

Re: Which accounts should I pay off first?

 

Thanks!  Luckily, many of the accounts have small balances on them that I can easily pay off within the month.  I'll get the one account down to below 29% and pay the rest of the small ones off.  Thanks for the advice.  It's tricky when you're trying to do the right thing for you credit and for getting to the finish line of closing on a mortgage.  Stressful times!

Message 8 of 14
Anonymous
Not applicable

Re: Which accounts should I pay off first?


@Anonymous wrote:

 

Thanks!  Luckily, many of the accounts have small balances on them that I can easily pay off within the month.  I'll get the one account down to below 29% and pay the rest of the small ones off.  Thanks for the advice.  It's tricky when you're trying to do the right thing for you credit and for getting to the finish line of closing on a mortgage.  Stressful times!


It sounds like you've already received sound advice and formulated a sound plan.  I'm rooting for you!  Pay off as many small accounts as you can, as has been said, and then logically work to pay down the rest.  The ultimate goal is to have just one with a balance, as low as possible.  Sometimes when folks focus on that like a laser, it may come sooner than they had expected.

 

On an entertaining note, whenever I hear the word "close", I often think of that great movie, Glengarry Glen Ross.  It's a very sad drama based on a broadway play but it has an EPIC cast, tjhe likes of which is rarely matched....and has a number of laugh out lout moments.  Even if you dont wish to watch it, you can watch the amazing Alec Baldwin monologue that is often quoted, where he rips the sales team a new one.  

 

Anyhow, I want to hear that youre a "closer", and get the job done.  Otherwise, I will tell you to "put the coffee down!"

 

Best wishes my friend, it sounds like youre about to firmly move in the right direction!  

 

"always be closing"  (I hope this inspires you to close!)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4PE2hSqVnk

Message 9 of 14
me12345
Frequent Contributor

Re: Which accounts should I pay off first?

ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS ask your MLO first, nobody on these boards knows the details of your situation more then your loan officer....what you do may help, or hinder your chances of closing on your loan.

 

I see this way too often, ask your loan officer first, if you don't have one, get one first.

 

Thanks,

VA & FHA down to 550...
Licensed Senior Mortgage Loan Officer in the states of Arizona & California
Specializing in VA, FHA, USDA & Conventional loans. My company is also licensed in 12 states, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Utah,
Alaska, New Mexico, Texas, Illinois and Florida
Message 10 of 14
Advertiser Disclosure: The offers that appear on this site are from third party advertisers from whom FICO receives compensation.