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Credit score - one year in

Old Jun 30th 2017, 2:39 pm
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Hi,
To all those who ask about building a credit score, here are mine from Credit Karma after a year.

Equifax 733
Transunion 737

I have 2 Credit Cards, an auto lease with IAS and a Mortgage. Although the length of credit history and number of accounts is low, it is building nicely.

I started off with one CC with a $500 limit, increased that to $2000 after 6 months of use (always paid in full, just bought gas) and applied for a second with Amex a few months ago and got a $2000 limit right away.

Small steps everyone but you will get there!
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Old Jun 30th 2017, 2:45 pm
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Well done!

Just as a note to any spouses out there who may not have their own income....

When you apply you can use the income of anyone who pays all or part of your bills. So, you can put in your spouse's income as your income when applying for cards.

My mortgage broker told me that 4 lines of credit - as Boltonreddave has - is the optimum number.
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Old Jun 30th 2017, 2:52 pm
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Same here, building up slowly.

FWIW - Credit Karma's scoring model is BS - virtually no lenders use their 'Vantage Score 3.0'. You'll probably find if you check your FICO score, it may be a bit higher - mine is.

That said, it's a good free way of getting your accounts and balances etc.
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Old Jun 30th 2017, 2:56 pm
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Originally Posted by Jack8602 View Post
Same here, building up slowly.

FWIW - Credit Karma's scoring model is BS - virtually no lenders use their 'Vantage Score 3.0'. You'll probably find if you check your FICO score, it may be a bit higher - mine is.

That said, it's a good free way of getting your accounts and balances etc.
I get my experian and equifax credit score through credit karma.
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Originally Posted by petitefrancaise View Post
I get my experian and equifax credit score through credit karma.
As do i, to monitor my accounts - but they way they calculate your score using the Vantage Score 3.0 model isn't necessarily reflective of the major lenders, most of which use FICO algorithms
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FICO is actually a little lower at 719 but I'm still please with that after 12 months
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There is so much difference between these FAKO/FICO credit scores, I think mine vary between 790 and 840 . That's a huge difference. My wife has not worked for years and has a higher credit score than me.
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When I view my credit karma report it doesn't show my employer.

Does anyone know what can trigger the employer section to be populated? Or if it even matters?
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When I view my credit karma report it doesn't show my employer.

Does anyone know what can trigger the employer section to be populated? Or if it even matters?
Sign up to quizzle and get a full report. However my report still shows my old employer, so maybe it depends on the employer reporting back.
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Originally Posted by tom169 View Post
When I view my credit karma report it doesn't show my employer.

Does anyone know what can trigger the employer section to be populated? Or if it even matters?
Credit Karma doesn't list my employer, either.

Additional note, too, is that Credit Karma had both scores listed around 770 (ish), however, when I applied for mortgage pre-approval, two scores were in the 780's, another was 800+ (cant remember the name of the last).

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Originally Posted by PetrifiedExPat View Post
Credit Karma doesn't list my employer, either.
This appears to be the answer, it appears to make sense.

Employment is usually only updated when you apply for credit and list an employer and even then it does not update all of the time. Employment has no bearing on your credit scores or profile. It is very common for employment to be missing or inaccurate on many people's reports, so it is typical and won't throw any red flags with most lenders. If you want to update your employment you can contact the three credit bureaus and ask them to make the update, but do not expect them to predate the employment, the date you add it will be the date shown on your reports that it was added. The three credit bureaus are Transunion, Equifax and Experian.
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Originally Posted by petitefrancaise View Post
I get my experian and equifax credit score through credit karma.
So do I, but my actual credit scored as used in loan applications comes in at 20-40 points more than Credit Karma is telling me. .... So I agree with Jack, the KC numbers are BS.
Originally Posted by PetrifiedExPat View Post
.... Additional note, too, is that Credit Karma had both scores listed around 770 (ish), however, when I applied for mortgage pre-approval, two scores were in the 780's, another was 800+ (cant remember the name of the last).
I am not at all surprised.

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It seems that some people get higher credit scores than KC when applying for credit. That is not always the case mine tend to be 10-20 points lower. I think KC might just be good for an indicator and credit alerts.
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Thanks for the replies regarding employment.

As is the trend with other posters, Discover FICO currently puts my credit score about 40 more than credit karma.
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Originally Posted by Pulaski View Post
So I agree with Jack, the KC numbers are BS
Not BS, just a different scoring system, just as there are many FICO scores, not just one.

I don't say Centigrade is BS just because I think and work in Fahrenheit.
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