I feel that most people's scores are suffering because of the reported utilization on their credit cards. The "quickest" way to improve scores is to bring your % down where you aren't getting killed on the scores.
FICO takes into account both individual card utilization AND total utilization. Your best bracket to be in for scoring purposes is 8.9% of your credit line or below. This includes both individual card balances and total card balances. Generally you can have single card balances up to 28.9% without scoring loss as long as your total utilization stays below 8.9%.
I don't know what percentages and how many cards you have so it is hard for me to help in that regard. Figure it out for yourself and you should see scoring gains/losses when you cross thresholds @8.9%, 28.9%, 48.9%, 68.9%, 88.9%. Once you get over 48.9%, you start getting pretty heavy penalties.
He has 3 collections, one for 112 medical bill he sent a letter to pay in full if they remove it. Another medical for 150, sent a letter again to pay in full for deletion. Those are no problem.
The big one is an old credit one card from 2016 the outstanding balance on it is 2008, and lvnv funding has it. They’ve sent him a letter offering to take 900 for it, but if we’re going to pay it I’d like them to remove just don’t know how likely it is and if it’s worth waiting for their response if we could just pay it and it improve our score.
He negotiated for it in his salary to a lot for a car payment, and his signing bonus ( 20k) was given with the idea he’d use it toward the purchase. But unfortunately his employer doesn’t realize not everyone has executive level credit scores lol.
Our concern is we could get another car financed at his interest rate now but wondering if applying the 20k to get credit score up and tackle debt is better long term for our goals of eventually buying a home and getting out of debt. If that makes sense
I agree with tackling the debt you have to get a better score and also sets you up for long term as you want.
Welcome to the community. Congratulations on your promotion. Best wishes for your son.
I agree with Overmedicated. Follow that advise. Your scores are taking a beating!
BoA $2500/$3000=83.3% utilization. Pay $2055 or more.
CO#1 $750/$1000=75% utilization. Pay to zero.
CO#2 $750/$1000=75% utilization. Pay to zero.
80% Aggregate utilization.
For FICO scoring algorithm, you want one card to report. Look into AZEO (All Zero Except One). You'll cross those thresholds and get a really quick boost in score once your new statements report.
Where are you getting your FICO scores?
Well I wasn’t even looking at FICO to be completely honest as I was only using credit wise on my capital one and also credit karma and credit sesame.
All of those scores ( which I believe are vantage? I have no idea 😂) have been consistently around 580-600.
But when we applied for a look into what we would get approved for a mortgage we got a big fat denial and our FICO 2 was like 499! Why such a big difference? And is FICO 2 what most mortgage people use?
Those are great tools to monitor your credit report. It won't be useful for the majority of the lending decisions from finacial institutions. Look into www.creditchecktotal.com (part of Experian). $1 to run your 3 bureau credit report plus your Experian Fico 2. Cancel before the 7 days so you won't get charged the reocurring fee.
If your furniture store is not reporting, you won't have to pay that off early.
For mortage, they will use your middle score from: Experian Fico 2, Transunion Fico 4, Equifax Fico 5
Get your FICO scores in order. Pay off your credit card debt. Look into PFD (pay for delete).