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Raise Your Credit Score 30-120 Points In 30 Minutes!

Feb 6, 2008
The first important step is to gain a basic understanding of how your credit scores are determined. I am sure this will be new information for you, since this is not taught to any of us in school. In fact, when it comes to the three credit bureaus, equifax, experian, and transunion, they prefer to keep everyone in the dark on how credit scoring works.

I will do my best to keep simplicity in mind as I explain what makes up your credit scores:

35% - Payment History Your history of paying your bills (on-time, late, etc.). The largest factor of your score.

Credit Utilization 30%: This is the percentage of available credit used. We want to keep our balances below 50% of the limit ideally. This is where we will find the most room for improvement in most cases.

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

Recent Inquiries 10%: Whenever you apply for any kind of credit, a credit inquiry is reported. Too many of these, and they can negatively effect your scores.

Credit Types In Use 10%: The number of accounts in use, and the type of credit accounts. Finance company accounts are of the lowest value, and too many of them can cause a negative effect on 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.

Here is an example of what can be achieved. You have a credit card with a balance of $4,000 and a limit of $5,000. This means you are 80% utilized. After using the above technique, your limit is raised to $6,500. Now you are only 62% utilized. Immediately your credit scores have increased. Keep in mind that we want to ideally keep our balances at 50% or lower compared to our credit limits. This segways to the next tip.

Lowering your balances to add more points. Continued from the above example, you are now utilized at 62% on your credit card. What this means is that you still have room to further increase your scores. If you coule put just $750 on this credit card, you could bring the current balance to 50% of your new credit limit ($6,500 credit limit, with a balance of $3,250). You might be saying that you don't have $750 to put down on your credit card. Ok, you could stop right here, since you already increased your scores, and you can most likely get the limit raised for all your credit card accounts. However, if you are trying to buy a home, or a new car, you can potentially save thousands, or even tens of thousands in interest on that new loan and even get a lower monthly payment, just by paying a little down on your current accounts. When that results in higher credit scores, you may qualify for much better loan terms. In one case, a client paid down $450 on one credit card and was able to increase their scores so they could purchase their new home with zero down, instead of the $5,200 required down payment they were previously facing.

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.

Keep in mind that these techniques work best for those who have a good credit history, and at least 3 open, established credit accounts. For those with more challenged credit or a negative credit history, a more aggressive approach and credit repair strategies may be more appropriate.
About the Author
Jon Ochs has over 12 years of experience in the credit and debt field and is the founder/CEO of NCA Credit Repair, one of the most trusted and respected Credit Report Repair companies in the nation.
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