So I'm expecting a pretty decent bonus in November, in which most will be used to pay off/down debt. Currently my debt-to-income ratio is about 71%. I'm looking to get it around 35% after paying off some loans and CCs. Haven't been late on ANY payments in over 5 years. What kind of score increase do you think I can expect? Not looking to buy anything...yet, but I am trying to qualify for a better int. rate on my car, currently 7%. Thanks.
So considering most of my cards are currently at 90-94% utilization, if I get them down to about 35% or so, roughly how many points increase can I expect to see?
I could easily imagine 50-100 points. It all depends on the rest of your specifics, and even then of course we can't be sure. I don't know about FICO, but in the world of Experian, credit cards are considered maxed-out when you have spent 90% or more of the credit limit, so that would work nicely in your favor.
I'd say you woIll see a decent bump in your score. 9% or less is optimal but you will still see an increase.