I have been a member for a while now and just decided to take the fico fitness challenge. So far I have developed a plan to pay off my CC debt and I am gardening as of today. I have scores in the mid 600's and hope to achieve scores >700 soon with paying off my CC debt. I have attempted in the past to get a satisfied judement off my report with no luck. I still have a couple of baddies on my report that will soon fall off. The key for me is to be accountable and deliigant in my journey. I would like to purchase a home by Dec 2017.
Checking in for October. My EQ went down but my TU went up some. I'm looking into refinancing my home and will actually close today. Scores went down because of the multiple credit inquiries but that's ok. I'm saving about $400 a month so I'm happy about that - even though I'm starting back at the 30 year mark. Stay true to your goals and you will find it worthwhile at the end.
So far, it's been a wonderful year. I started re-building in January 2015 with CS in a low of 500s and 1 secured cc. Now that I've reached the 700s club, and 4 wonderful cc, I decided to start my garden/myfico challenge.
My goal is to get into the 800 club and get approved by Discover and BoA by fall of 2016 with hope of getting a good SL.
I began my credit repair journey 4 years ago in 2011. I had 2 court judgments from credit cards that were charged off while I was a student in college. I also had a couple of other accounts in bad standing due to lack of income while going to school. I had no clue about credit and how important it is in today's society. I started my recovery with a couple small secured credit cards from Credit One and HSBC. I also applied for and received a new car loan in December 2011 albeit with a high APR.
The first court judgement was paid off in 2012 through wage garnishment and I was very happy when it was finally paid off. I then paid a lump sum amount at a slight discount for the other court judgement in 2012. I was able to get one of the court judgements off my credit report on 2 out of 3 bureaus. The other accounts in bad standing were set to drop off in early 2013.
After dropping off my scored jumped and I was able to secure financing through a local furniture store for $2,000 to purchase a new bedroom set. I was also able to open 2 unsecured credit cards through Cap1 and Barclaycard for low limits ($1,000 and $500)! Success! I was on my way. I continued to make on-time payments and gradually increased my limits on the 2 unsecured cards.
2014 was mostly continuing to make on-time payments until October. In October, I was able to secure financing for my new house! We decided to also open a Lowes Card at that time since we wanted to do some painting, etc. before moving in. We were approved for a $2,000 limit which now sits at $6,000 today.
While I was able to continually raise my scores throughout this time, I had a high utilization which was keeping my scores down. I decided in 2015 that I was going to pay off all my CC debt. As of August 2015 I had paid off all my debt and am now at only 5% utilization (Just went on vacation). I decided that I wanted to try and get a couple better prime cards since my scored jumped tremendously after getting my utilization down. I was approved for an Amex Blue Cash Everyday at a starting limit of $10,000! I also applied and was approved for a Citi Simplicity card with a limit of $6,300 just yesterday. The Citi Simplicity card is going to be used as a balance transfer card for my wife to try and get her CC debt paid off as well. As it stands now, I have 1 Court Judgement on all 3 bureaus (set to fall off July 2016) and 1 additional court judgement on Experian only (set to fall off May 2018).
It has been a long 4 years, however, it has been very fulfulling to see my scores gradually increase. Do not give up on your goals no matter how long it takes. This journey is definately a marathon and not a sprint. It takes time and effort but you can get there!
Note: The starting score of 707 is my score at the beginning of 2015 not my score in 2011.
Just rejoined myfico and the fitness challange. Working to build my credit, down from mutiple collections to just one. Just started my first line of credit in years, and hoping to go up from here!