What’s going on with your FICO Scores?
What are the four primary credit codes you can only obtain from your mortgage banker or mortgage broker? What do these codes mean to your FICO scores? What can you do to improve your FICO scores? Where can you get help? Can one ‘inherit’ credit from a relative? Over the next several weeks we will answer these as well as the more common questions we get about FICO scores. Please feel free to ask your questions.
1) Older credit is better – do not close old accounts – Reactivate the same consumer inactivated account numbers wherever possible.
2) New credit lease or credit purchase – not good – compensate with use of older accounts, wherever possible.
3) Do not open new accounts to get the 1x seasonal or 1x purchase discount. The cost to your FICO’s is not worth the discount.
4) When reestablishing credit, keep a small balance (no more than 30% and best with 10% or less) and make minimum payments. Keep in mind you are earning or reestablishing your credit reputation. Pay the card off in full monthly as you are building or rebuilding your credit.
5) In setting up a secured credit card, join a credit union, save at least a thousand dollars. Secure this savings with the credit union to be able to set up Visa or Master credit card. This is a vastly more sound way to establish or reestablish credit. The least preferable way is by accepting or obtaining high fee, high interest rate small credit limit unsecured cards. The smaller balance cards have the effect of trapping one into always having lower limits and lower scores. Smaller cards do not allow you to rent a car, buy a plane ticket, etc. Think big, take your time. Set up a savings account with systematic deposits (payroll deduction) into your credit union.
6) Keep TANSTAAFL in mind at all times – There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.
In future articles we will discuss: How you can improve your FICO Scores. We wish to increase your understanding of how your FICO Scores are generated. As well, we will discuss consumer credit topics suggested to me by readers.
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Financially Speaking – James Spray CCMB, CNE, FICO Pro | CO LMO 100008715 / NMLS 257365 | June 1, 2010
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