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I got the house!!!! How do I continue to raise my credit score?

Tankee
Valued Member

I got the house!!!! How do I continue to raise my credit score?

I worked on my credit for about 8 months. I was able to secure a FHA loan and bought a house. Now what? How do I continue to raise my credit score? Here are my details below. My scores decreased about 20 points each. Also, I want to buy a new car soon but can wait. 

 

Current credit scores TODAY 3/3/2021- 

Equifax- 685

TransUnion-682

Experian- 684

 

Credit Cards: limits/ balance owed

Capital one- $600/$ 110

Capital one- $500/$40

Capital one walmart- $3000/$10

Credit one- $650/$232

Credit one-$500/$44

 

I've been paying each card down to $10 every month

 

I've had my car since June 2020

Never missed a payment

 

Any suggestions that will help increase scores is welcomed.

Past- EQ- 600; TU-624; EX-608 (10/1/2020)
Current-EQ-629, TU-651, EX-640 (11/1/2020)

Goal: EQ- 700; TU- 700: EX-700
Capital One- $500; Capital One- $500; Credit One- $500 Credit One- $500 Wayfair- $500 Ulta- $500
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coldfusion
Community Leader
Super Contributor

Re: I got the house!!!!


@Tankee wrote:

 

Credit Cards: limits/ balance owed

Capital one- $600/$ 110

Capital one- $500/$40

Capital one walmart- $3000/$10

Credit one- $650/$232

Credit one-$500/$44

 

I've been paying each card down to $10 every month

 

 


If I understand this correctly you're letting each individual card report a $10 balance each month. 

 

If that is correct you want to change your strategy such that you only have 1 card reporting a balance at any time - search the site for the AZE1 (All Zero Except One) technique - as that's a quick and easy way to help boost your scores a bit. 

 

Congrats on getting the FHA loan. 



(4/2021)
FICO 8 (EX) 815 (TU) 822 (EQ) 808
FICO 9 (EX) 827 (TU) 826 (EQ) 832

$1M+ club

Artist formerly known as the_old_curmudgeon who was formerly known as coldfusion
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coldfusion
Community Leader
Super Contributor

Re: I got the house!!!!

Well, that was funny.  I was about to flag this thread right after my above post and in about that 5 second span it got relocated lol



(4/2021)
FICO 8 (EX) 815 (TU) 822 (EQ) 808
FICO 9 (EX) 827 (TU) 826 (EQ) 832

$1M+ club

Artist formerly known as the_old_curmudgeon who was formerly known as coldfusion
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SouthJamaica
Super Contributor

Re: I got the house!!!! How do I continue to raise my credit score?


@Tankee wrote:

I worked on my credit for about 8 months. I was able to secure a FHA loan and bought a house. Now what? How do I continue to raise my credit score? Here are my details below. My scores decreased about 20 points each. Also, I want to buy a new car soon but can wait. 

 

Current credit scores TODAY 3/3/2021- 

Equifax- 685

TransUnion-682

Experian- 684

 

Credit Cards: limits/ balance owed

Capital one- $600/$ 110

Capital one- $500/$40

Capital one walmart- $3000/$10

Credit one- $650/$232

Credit one-$500/$44

 

I've been paying each card down to $10 every month

 

I've had my car since June 2020

Never missed a payment

 

Any suggestions that will help increase scores is welcomed.


1.  Let most but not all of your cards report a zero balance; i.e. pay them down to zero before the statement cuts.

2.  Go as long as you can without applying for new credit or for CLI's that would cause a hard pull.

 

Congratulations btw!!!

 


Total revolving limits 663000 (585000 reporting) FICO 8: EQ 716 TU 747 EX 713

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BrutalBodyShots
Super Contributor

Re: I got the house!!!! How do I continue to raise my credit score?

Did all of those cards you listed with reported balances have reported balances at the time you applied for the home loan?  If so, you definitely left quite a few points on the table.  Congrats on securing the loan though, as that was clearly priority number one.

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Tankee
Valued Member

Re: I got the house!!!! How do I continue to raise my credit score?

Nope. They were all at $10. That was the most optimal improvement I was able to make.

Past- EQ- 600; TU-624; EX-608 (10/1/2020)
Current-EQ-629, TU-651, EX-640 (11/1/2020)

Goal: EQ- 700; TU- 700: EX-700
Capital One- $500; Capital One- $500; Credit One- $500 Credit One- $500 Wayfair- $500 Ulta- $500
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Iusedtolurk
Established Contributor

Re: I got the house!!!! How do I continue to raise my credit score?


@Tankee wrote:

Nope. They were all at $10. That was the most optimal improvement I was able to make.


Many times getting a mortgage is the main goal of improving your credit and you have accomplished that so Congrats! Following all advice given so far as utilization and # balances reporting will take you further up the credit score hill.

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BrutalBodyShots
Super Contributor

Re: I got the house!!!! How do I continue to raise my credit score?


@Tankee wrote:

Nope. They were all at $10. That was the most optimal improvement I was able to make.


All at $10 means they all had [non-zero] balances reported.  Just so you are aware, this does not optimize your mortgage scores and you certainly left points on the table.  What you'd want to do going forward is leave $10 (or other small balance) to report on just 1 major bank card, while reporting $0 on the remainder of your cards.

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