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I will be able to pay off all my cards Do I keep balance on any and do I close any
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I will be able to pay off all my cards Do I keep balance on any and do I close any
I have paid all my bills on time never late. The last time I had a late payment was in 2015 on my truck payment. How long till these late payments come off? I have 13 all together from when loan started 2013.
A late payment will only damage your credit score for less than 2 years, although it may stay on your credit report for 7 years (https://wallethub.com/edu/negative-information-on-credit-report/25499/) from the original missed due date, and it will only be reported if more than 30 days pass from the set payment date. The impact of that negative information as well as the length of time it can remain on your credit reports depends on how far past due you are/were on that payment. You can find some tips for never missing a due date in our article here: https://wallethub.com/edu/tips-for-paying-bills-on-time/17188/.
Why does my credit score drop 43 points every time I add a new large purchase? It always bounces back, but it is annoying. I keep a low overall debt % (8%) and the $2k increase was only 27% on a card that had 100% available and only increased my overall debt% by 2%.
An expensive purchase might push your credit utilization over the threshold of credit score damage. Potential lenders are interested in knowing how much of your available credit you actually use and thus how much risk you pose given the context of your overall ability to pay. Most experts recommend keeping utilization below the 30% mark, but that’s a generality. What really matters is how your utilization compares to that of people in your age group and people with a similar financial profile. If your utilization rises too much (or perhaps even falls too far) relative to those benchmarks or your previous performance, your credit score could certainly pay a price. Please note that there is no guarantee that the actions you take, like paying off debt, will immediately improve your credit score because there are many factors affecting your score, like your average length of credit: https://wallethub.com/edu/what-affects-your-credit-score/19605/. You can monitor how your credit score changes by signing up for a free account with WalletHub: https://wallethub.com/free-credit-score/.
Should I consolidate a credit cards to increase my credit line but close a 3 year old account when my average account age is 2 years and 6 months. I read somewhere that my current available credit limit is too low for my 740 credit score
If you want to increase your credit limit, you could always request it from your card issuers, especially if you’ve kept your payments on time. You can also sometimes reduce the credit line on one account in order to increase another, without having to close anything. With regards to the 3 year old account, the average account age will definitely take a hit, but if the interest rate is too high, it might not be worth keeping it around. On the other hand, if you have no balance on the card, and no annual fee, you would benefit from keeping it open.
I have high credit score, need to consolidate bills. I have few inquiries on my account. How can this be avoided?
The solution depends on what kind of bills you have, and the amount. If you’re talking about credit card bills, you could always go towards a balance transfer card, whereas a larger amount, for example caused by medical bills, might only be resolved through a home equity loan. In any case, a good idea would be for you to read our in-depth consolidation guide: https://wallethub.com/edu/debt-consolidation-overview/25541/.
How can I pay off credit card debt sooner having good credit?
Besides increasing the amount that you pay every month, another solution would be to look towards getting a personal loan. If you get a personal loan with a much lower interest rate, you can simply pay off the credit cards, and work towards paying the loan off, at a faster rate. Another good idea would be to consider getting a balance transfer card. Balance transfers, relatively easier to get than a loan, allow you to simply transfer your existing balance onto your new card, and enjoy a good interest-free period during which to pay your debt. Here’s our selection of balance transfer cards: https://wallethub.com/credit-cards/balance-transfer/.
Did your analysis exclude cc debt that is fully paid within the first billing term? If not, this could simply be an indicator of more cc spending but not truly higher debt. I use cc's to buy everything and have a very high outstanding balance each month that ALWAYS gets fully paid. As such, I have never paid ANY cc finance charges.
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How can I get a credit card to pay off my credit cards when my credit score is very bad?
Denise Marino, Depending on your interest rates on your current credit "cards" you speak of, it maybe best to go to a secondary lender and apply for a personal loan to consolidate those cards into one payment instead of multiple payments on different interest rates. And even though the interest rate is higher then normal loan approvals, it will be cheaper. In doing so you will add a new installment account which will help with a mix of credit. (Mix of credit affects 15% of your credit score.) You will pay down your credit cards to $0 hopefully, and that will also pull up your credit score. (Your credit available utilization ratio controls 30% of your credit score development.) You just effected 45% of your score and be sure to NEVER EVER close those cards down. History on revolving credit accounts is why you have leverage in applying for credit, especially when controlled and not maxed out Only if these credit cards stay at 30% charged, after you even pay them off, you should be okay. Hope this helped.
Unfortunately, it might prove very difficult or even impossible to qualify for an unsecured credit card with a high enough credit limit to pay off your existing credit card debt if you have a “very bad” credit score. Furthermore, the terms you’re likely to be offered on a loan might make that approach to debt consolidation too expensive. You may want to consider a debt management program instead. You can learn more about your options on our Debt Solutions page: https://wallethub.com/edu/debt-solutions-overview/25540/
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