I’ve been reading on this site for a few months, and I have to say I am so grateful for the wealth of knowledge shared here! You all have made a safe haven for those looking to improve their financial well-being.
I’m a newborn newbie to credit learning, much to my chagrin. I’m hoping I can get some feedback or improvement on my action plan for rebuilding credit and get a good rate on a mortgage in about 2-3 years. Pulled my 3 reports in Dec 2018. Currently, my TU Fico 8 is 663 and EX is 662, no idea on EQ (didn’t want to pay for scores quite yet).
I was an authorized user on my ex’s card in good standing $13K+ limit. It is closed and due to fall off my report in 2022, so I’d like to bulk up my file with good info in anticipation of that event. It’s a 27-year-old-card (started when he was a teenager!). Currently, I have no lates on my one active card and utilization of 8-11%. 0 inquiries (all soft pull).
I have an anemically thin file, just one active credit card opened 4/2018, a Discover secured. It graduated last year and now stands at $2,200. No car loan, student loans are long gone, and I’ve just pretty much paid cash or debit, and never thought about credit. My ex never put me on the mortgage.
I have one old collection. It was $224, from my former cell phone. I had switched from AT&T to Verizon, and then moved right after. Thought it was paid completely when I switched, but apparently not. Grrr, stupid me! I didn’t know about it until I pulled my reports in December 2018. Paid in full in late January, and is now reporting as paid.
The collection does not appear on EQ, and my reports from December state it is due to fall off from EX in June 2019 (3 months), and from TU in Aug 2019 (6 months). No idea why they’re different.
1. Early Exemption for the now paid baddie, just requested today (thanks to myFico threads!) No idea how long that might take, since I disputed online. Shoulda called.
2. App for new cards if the baddie falls off in the next 30 days. In April, I will be 12 months on my Discover. I want to get cards that will throw a bone back, and ones with no annual fee in case they get mothballed years from now. I’m hoping to get Chase Freedom Unlimited, Citi Double Cash, and AMEX Blue Cash Everyday. With these, I’ll get all three FICO scores. I pre-qualled online for all of these already, but think I should wait for the EE and 12 months on Discover. I will wait for travel cards, or those with annual fees. Given my thin file, should I do the one-every-3-months, or a spree?
3. Apply for a DCU credit builder loan. Since apparently there’s no more Alliant pay-in-advance-style loans, I had planned on doing a savings-secured loan for say $1000 for 10 years, then immediately pay it off to 50% or so. Then, it is still 5 years long but the utilization is already halfway down and the payment amounts won’t affect my DTI.
I have a good income, but business-related legal fees to pay off, $30K. I should pay that off by the end of the year. This isn’t reported anywhere, to my detriment - I’ve been super diligent about it. Would be nice to get some credit for it.
I'm impatiently patient, trying to advance quickly but safely. Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
You will probably see a Fico score gain when the collection comes off of your cr's.You should apply for cc's after the collection is deleted from your cr's.If you are not approved for those cc's it probably means they want a longer cc history and higher credit score.A goal should be is to have thee cc's (no rush) and keep cc utilization way below 10%.Learn the azeo method and don't open any credit accts that you don't need.If you open a credit builder loan you should pay the utilization way below 10% before the mortgage app.Keep the Discover cc open to use it as your oldest cc acct.GOOD LUCK...
I see you didn't post an installment loan. If you dont have one theres Self lender to start the credit mix bonus. You can start checking pre-quals now and see whats up. If nothing shows up. Wait until after the CA falls off. When you do get pre=quals. That will give you an idea doors are starting to open. Good Luck
Thanks, everyone, for the good suggestions.
I'll see you over at the Fitness gym, LOL!