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Tips For Raising Your Credit Scores

Todays Date: December 15, 2018

Let me start off by saying that understanding how the three major credit bureaus arrive at your credit score is one of the most powerful pieces of knowledge you can have. Most likely this is not something that you have ever been taught. In fact, when it comes to your credit scores, the three major credit bureaus, Equifax, Experian, and Transunion, run sort of a “black box” operation.

To explain what makes up your credit score in as simple terms possible, this is how it works

Payment History 35%: This is the largest contributing factor for your credit scores and represents your history of making payments with your creditors.

Utilization of Credit 30%: This represents the percentage of available credit against the amount used. Here is where we will focus our activity for this article.

Credit History 15%: A more seasoned account carry more weight than one that was just opened.

Inquiries 10%: When you apply for credit, an inquiry is made to your credit. If you have too many inquiries, your score can be negatively effected.

Types Of Credit In Use 10%: How many accounts and which types. Having too many loans from finance companies (Beneficial Finance, American General, etc.) can bring down your scores.

Ok, now we have some powerfull knowledge. It’s time to put it to use with 2 things we can do in about 30 minutes to increase our credit scores…

Raise your limits! Raising your credit limits is much easier than you might think. Most people don’t realize that just by simply asking for a credit limit increase, you will most likely get one. We have proven this over and over again with clients. Just call the phone number on the back of your credit cards, and tell them you are considering transferring the balance to another card with a higher limit and lower interest rate, but that you would like to keep the account if they could just raise the credit limit. In my personal experience, it has worked 100% of the time. Often they will also lower the interest rate as a bonus. Lowering the interest rate will not help your credit score, but it will sure help your finances.

Let’s say for example you have a credit card with a $5,000 credit limit, and you currently have a $4,000 balance on it (80% utilized). After your quick phone call, they agree to raise your credit limit to $6,500 (now 62% utilized). This alone will immediately increase your credit scores. Remember in the “Credit Utilization” section above, we want to ideally keep our balances below 50% of the credit limit. This brings us to the next powerful tip.

Bring your balances down! Let’s continue from the above example where you are now 62% utilized on your credit card. If you were to pay down $750 on this card, you could bring the balance down to $3,250 on a card with a limit of $6,500, and that would put your at 50% utilized. Now not everyone has the ability to pay more than the minimum payment on their cards, and that’s ok, you have already raised your scores. However, at 50% utilization, you will be able to maximize your scores. Now imagine if you did this on all your credit card accounts. Now, consider this… If you could raise your scores and get a better interest rate and lower monthly payments on a mortgage loan, or auto loan, you could save thousands over the life of that loan.

If you use these powerful techniques, you are sure to increase your scores quickly and easily. I have seen it work over and over. One recent client was able to increase their credit scores by 105 points after getting the credit limits raised on all three of their credit cards in less than 30 minutes. You have nothing to lose by making a couple calls.

These simple tactics are more appropriate for someone with a good payment history on established credit card accounts. It is recommended that you have at least 3 open credit card accounts to maximize your scores. One of these could be a department store account. If you don’t have enough credit, or have a negative credit history, perhaps more aggressive credit repair or credit building strategies would be more appropriate for you.

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