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584 to 620 in 6 months ??
I don't have any debt. I guess my main problem is anytime I want to buy something I just go buy it. So cashflow isn't a problem but now I want to buy a new house. I was told that I needed to get my score up to at least 620 and that I should get 1 or 2 secured credit cards for a couple hundred bucks each .. use them and pay them off every month. Could doing that raise me the 40 points in 6 months or do I need to do more? Also how do those cards get reported? I'm assuming getting a $300 secured card then charging $300 on it and paying it completely off each month is the way to go? Would it make any difference as far as the monthly reporting goes if I spent $300 a week and paid it back off each week.
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 I did it in one month.  In January of this year I applied for a new car loan after my old car died.  I paid for my last car with cash and haven't had any credit cards (or need for them, I thought) I have had a car loan that was paid in full and never late 6 years ago.  When they pulled my credit they said I had zero credit, no new loans or anything else in the past 2 years. 

I began to educate myself and found my Credit Karma score was 565. I got a $1500 secured card from Public Savings Bank and the next month it went up to 654.  I also got a $200 card from Orchard Bank the following month and it went up a few more points and has been slowly rising since.  In April I financed a new car much nicer than the one I originally looked at.  The finance manager said I had good credit then just not much substance behind it.  I have found with a little experimenting that going over 30% of your available credit will drop it significantly, about 30 points in my case, but paying it off brings it right back up.  The best scores I've had were when I kept it as low as possible 1 or 2% but not zero.  I do this by buying a tank of gas with both cards and then paying them off every month. Use the tools and info here on Credit Karma ro help you meet your goals.   Good luck.

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personally i would recommend staying under 6 percent, AMEX said i had a high debt ratio at 21 percent. I went from 515 to 747 in 13 months.

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I don't agree with needing to leave a partial balance in order to show payment history.  From experience, I believe that my Discover card reports my balance to the credit bureau when they issue my statement.  I've pulled my Experian report nearly a year ago, and they show the HIGH balance every month (not the payment due and not the current balance).

I've got a credit score tracker on one of my credit cards.  I got a new credit card with a CL of 2100.  I put a high balance of around 830 dollars(roughtly 40% utilization on that card) and saw an immediate dip of my credit score from 712 to 697.  I immediatelly started keeping the balance under 30% utilization (around 600 dollars) and saw my score go up to 726.

I also one of the 0% interest for 12 months offers while buying furnature.  They put a ballance of roughly 2100 dollars on a card with 2500 CL (nearly 85 % utilization).  My score took a hit from 726 to 688.  I just made a payment to bring the utilation to 35 %.  I'll know next month how that will affect my score.  Hopefully it's just a temporary hit.

The lesson here is to keep the ballance below the 30% treshhold (and never miss a payment).

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I am doing the same thing your are doing trying to raise my credit score to a 620 so I can get approved for a mortgage loan. I recently done this and it work get two secured cards for $300 but don't charge 300 on the card because your credit utilization will be at 100% which is not good. You should always keep your credit utilization below 35% so when you get the cards charge between 40 or 50 dollars and when you pay the bill pay most of the balance while leaving only 10 dollars on the card this will help show credit utilization and payment history. If you pay it off completely your not showing any payment history and it would be like you never used the card. Also make sure whatever secured card you get reports to all three bureaus Orchard Bank is a very good card for this. I hope this helps I'm almost to my goal of 620 and I've seen my credit score go up more than 40 points in the past 3 months. Good luck.

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Hello, I am also in the process of purchasing my first home and was trying to raise my credit to qualify for a home loan. I have a secured credit card, and was not aware of the 30%, of my credit limit, and maxed out my cards. Which affected my score unfortunatly. I am now in the process of trying to rebuild my credit score back up. i was reading your information, which was very helpful, but confused about the 10 dollars. Please explain. Once i recieve my bill do I pay the amount due and leave 10? Or pay the amount and leave 10 dollars until the rest is due? Wont I be charged interest by not paying my full amount and leaving 10? Please help me understand this method. I will truly appreciate it. Thank you.

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Lenders are able to go down to a 580 credit score for FHA loans. They are not always easy to find but we have a few that we work with I can refer you to. Please email or go to our website if you need any help. www.thelendersnetwork.com

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I can't find the website - can you please give a phone number

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Yes, it will go up alot of pints in the first few months.

Regarding utilization, even if you have high utilization in the first few months and then pay it down it will not hurt your credit, they only look at the utilization at the moment you pull and not from months before. Just make sure it's under 20% before applying for any credit. (give it at least one week from the statement closing following the payoff)

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The key to keeping just over 1% of your total available credit line from all credit cards reporting and not paying interest is:

Learn when your statements come out.  Charge that 1% a week or two before the statement.  You normally have a grace period that interest is not charged.  So if you charge 1% a week before the statement comes out and the statement then shows your balance and reports that to the bureaus, you can then pay it off.  All within the grace period not getting charged interest AND having your reports show that you have a balance.  Best of both worlds.

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HOW???

Credit utilization is easy to get a "A" on. But then they tag you with "Aveage credit line age" and that drops if you get a new secured card. The "average" credit karma wants before issuing a "C" is 5 years average...average!

Then, I was late on some mortgage payments well over a year ago. I've been on time/early all year. I still have a "F" on my on-time payments and according to the numbers, I will have to be on time at least an additional year before I get to a "D" grade.

It's depressing. I pay everything on time and I can not get this credit to move at all. We got one secured card and I pay everything on time. Nothing changes ever. How do you do it??

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Keep utilization ratio at below 30% look fro secured cards as people have mentioned below. However, don;t forget to check your local credit union -- they will work with you to get you a secured or unsecured card fi they can from them. Credit unions are more of a friend than a bank since they are non-profit.

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  • Getting a secured card will help. 
  • Charging $300 and then paying down will probably hurt. Just spend $30 and pay it off when it is due. 
  • Also make sure all your other debts are paid and make sure everything is current. 620 is possible. 

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