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I need help with understanding my credit score

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I need help with understanding my credit score

I have a total of 4 credit cards with a total credit limit of only $1420 Ultilization on average is 90%. One new bank loan of $1000. My credit scores are Ex-605 TU-624 Waz-635. Pulled today by lender. How much can I expect my scores to increase if I pay my CC balances down to 20% ult?
Note, I also have one paid lien 2008 and 120days late from a closed auto loan 2011 (I'm in the process of a civil law suit against the finance comp). My TU Fico score was 582 on Dec. 22, 2012. I was at 100% ult.
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Re: I need help with understanding my credit score

UTIL is based on total UTIL of all CC's and individual CC's.


To gain the most scoring exposure, you would want to pay 3 of your CC's in full and have a 0 balance.


On the 4th CC you would want to pay it down to less then 9% of the total credit limit.


But in your situation if you can not acheive this right away for financial reasons, I would opt to start eliminating my balances on 3 of the cards first to show 0 balances. Once I acheived that I would work on bringing down my UTIL on the 4th CC. During this process, make sure you pay at least the minimum amount due on all CC's, so not to obtain any more late payments which would be detrimental to your scores.


Paying down the debt would give you a decent increase in your scores. There is no way to actually determine the outcome, but on the safe side I would believe you would see an increase ranging from 10-50 points in my opinion. It could be more and possibly less, YMMV

Good Luck
May all your dreams and wishes become a reality!
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Re: I need help with understanding my credit score

Thank you so much for the information and suggests.
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