I am a new homeowner still attempting to clean my reports and get my FICO scores up, uP, UP. I have never previously had a credit card other than a jewelry store card many years ago. I have grown up anti-credit card but with purchasing a house that line of thinking was completely spun around. I was terrified to be a homeowner without a backup system in case something went wrong. My TU is clean, EQ has two baddies (medical and sprint) and my EX three baddies (medical x2 and sprint).
As my TU score is my greatest asset in my CRA portfolio right now I felt strongly that I needed a card that pulled exclusively TU. After reading this thread and another Barclay's/Ameriprise thread I had a strong urge to apply, which I acted on. I was declined for insufficient revolving credit. Who knew that my years of being anti-credit card would hurt me when I readjusted my thinking? I mean i know that now but not back then.
I was prepared and waited over the weekend to put a call in for a recon. I have to admit that it was this thread in particular that gave me hope. I spoke to a rep who said he would put it in to the investigators who handle this and would let me know in a few days. As I thought most of you guys had received instant news I was pretty defeated at that moment. Yesterday in my email box I received a statement notification for my Ameriprise Bank MasterCard. Getting a little excited I immediately called Ameriprise and asked for confirmation. I told the rep I was speaking with that I was confused as this was the first piece of material received regarding the account at all. She laughed and said that she wasnt sure why I was receiving a statement already but that yes I was approved. Holding my breath I asked about my CL....
It was 5k!!!
I did it, I did it. I never could have done it (or the house) without CB'ers help. Thank you guys. I am going to use my CC responsibly and PIF each month, but first I am going to update the credit pulls db.
Edited by JenniferF, 19 August 2009 - 11:23 AM.