I have high util on my credit cards, so my scores are lower right now. When I pay them down, could I still be hurt by having had high util in the past? Or will the zero balances simply reflect in my score?
Chase Freedom: $1500, Citi Diamond Preferred: $3000, Barclays: $3900, Chase Disney Visa: $1500, Chase Southwest Signature: $5000, Citi TY Preferred: $3000, Cap One Platinum: $1750, Cap One Platinum Rewards: $2500, Orchard Bank: $900, Kay Store Card: $6600, PayPal $2200
When the util is paid down your score will go up. It doesn't count the past balances.
Starting Score: 504 July 2013 score: EQ FICO 819, TU08 778, EX "806 lender pull 07/26/2013 Goal Score: All Scores 760+, Newest goal 800+ Take the myFICO Fitness Challenge Current scores after adding $81K in CLs and 2 new cars since July 2013 EQ:809 TU 777 EX 790 Now it's just garden time!
June 2017 update: All scores over 820, just pure gardening now.