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Ever wonder why there are so many different types of credit scores?

Billy Alt - Wednesday, November 08, 2017
BECAUSE IT’S BIG BUSINESS… Credit score formulas are highly complex and are closely guarded industry secrets, but they all do the same: predict the likelihood of you paying back a debtor on or ahead of time. FICO Score - There are 49 different FICO scores, each with different calculations. FICO scores range between 350 and 850, with 850 being a perfect credit score. All of the versions of the FICO score use your credit files from each of the major credit r ..

What are Credit Report Inquiries?

Billy Alt - Tuesday, October 25, 2016
So what is an inquiry on your credit report? Credit inquiries are requests by a legitimate business to check your credit. With that being said, there are two different types of inquiries. We have soft inquiries then we have hard inquiries. There are a couple of simple differences in the two. Soft inquiries come from things such as credit monitoring or identity theft protection. These are normally from credit monitoring sites such as creditkarma.com, Experian.com, myfico.com, e ..

AMOUNTS OWED

Billy Alt - Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Amounts owed WHAT IS A HIGH AMOUNT OWED? FICO overachievers, 720 plus scores, keep an average balance between 1% and 3%, anything over 50% is too high according to FICO. If you are currently at 100%, get below 100%. Then 70, 50, 30, 10... Know when your lender reports. If you pay your balance in full when you get the statement, you are always reporting a maxed or high card. The creditors usually send in the balance and payment history 10 days before the statement closes or at the  ..

Open Business Credit Cards.

Billy Alt - Thursday, September 24, 2015
Most business credit cards do not report to the personal credit report unless the person pays the card late. Given that fact, any debt carried on these cards does not hurt the credit score if it is not reported. You can carry credit card debt on these cards without hurting your credit score. Just apply for business credit cards now to start building this segment of your credit. ..

Do Not Close Your Credit Cards.

Billy Alt - Thursday, September 24, 2015
Closing a credit card can hurt your credit score, since doing so effects your debt to available credit ratio. For example, if you owe a total credit card debt of $10,000 and your total credit available is $20,000, you are using 50% of your total credit. If you close a credit card with a $5,000 credit limit, you will reduce your credit available to $15,000 and change your ratio to using 66% of your credit. There are caveats to this rule: if the account was opened within the past two years or if y ..

Get Rid of Your Charge-offs and Liens.

Billy Alt - Thursday, September 24, 2015
Charge-­offs and liens barely affect your credit score when older than 24 months. Therefore, paying an older charge­off or a lien will neither help nor damage your credit score. Charge­offs and liens within the past 24 months severely damage your credit score. Paying the past due balance, in this case, is very important. In fact, if you have both charged­off accounts and collection accounts, but limited funds available, pay the past due balances first, then pay collection agencies that agree to  ..

Get Rid of Your Past Due Accounts

Billy Alt - Thursday, September 24, 2015
Within the delinquent accounts on your credit report, there is a column called "Past Due". Credit score software penalizes you for keeping accounts past due, so Past Dues destroy a credit score. If you see an amount in this column, pay the creditor the past due amount reported. ..

Get Rid of Your Collection Accounts.

Billy Alt - Thursday, September 24, 2015
Did you know that paying a collection account can actually reduce your score? Here’s why: credit scoring software reviews credit reports for each account's date of last activity to determine the impact it will have on the overall credit score. When payment is made on a collection account, collection agencies update credit bureaus to reflect the account status as "Paid Collection". When this happens, the date of last activity becomes more recent. Since the guideline for credit scoring softw ..

Keep Your Old Credit Cards Active.

Billy Alt - Thursday, September 24, 2015
15% of your credit score is determined by the age of the credit file. Fair Isaac's credit scoring software assumes people who have had credit for a longer time are at less risk of defaulting on payments. Therefore, even if your old credit cards have horrible interest rates, closing those cards will decrease the average length of time you’ve had credit. Use the old card at least once every six months to avoid the account rating to change to "Inactive". Keeping the card active is as simple a ..

Check Your Credit Limit(s) and Evenly Distribute the Balances You Are Carrying

Billy Alt - Thursday, September 24, 2015
Make sure creditors report your credit limits to bureaus. When no limit is reported, credit scoring software scores the account as though your current balance is "maxed out". For example, if you know that you have a $10,000 limit on your credit card, make sure that the limit appears on the credit report. Otherwise, your score will be damaged as severely as if you were carrying a balance of the entire available credit. Credit scoring software likes to see you carry credit card balances as cl ..

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