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High balances and low scores

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High balances and low scores

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?
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Re: High balances and low scores

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+
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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.
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