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GerriDetweiler

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  1. Most business credit cards make the decision based on the owner's personal credit and income from all sources.
  2. It may not be hopeless but a little more information would help. You mention you have 80% utilization - is that on personal credit cards? What kind of credit limits and balances do you have? Your credit scores are pretty good but there are some issuers that will look at that utilization and your balances. What is your goal? Are you trying to get a business credit card to build business credit, or finance some upcoming inventory purchases for example?
  3. You can build credit as a sole proprietor but to really be effective you need to form a legal entity. If you operate as a sole proprietor then you won't be able to move away from personal guarantees as your business is you for all intents and purposes. Having said that, some people do establish business credit reports as sole proprietorships. The key is to get an EIN and register their business name with the state as a DBA. (This will help your business get on the radar with agencies like Experian that don't let you register your business with them.) Again, not recommended but not impossible.
  4. FICO has a good calculator that shows you the potential impact of a higher score on mortgage rates. If you can get yours up, it may benefit you significantly in the long run. Generally consolidating high balance credit card debt with an installment loan can help with high utilization. There are a few caveats though. In this case you will have a new loan payment that will figure into your debt to income ratio. The payment on a 5 year installment loan (for example) will no doubt be larger than the minimum payment reporting on your credit cards, so that could affect the amount of the home loan payment you will be approved for. That may not be an issue but if you're just squeaking by on the amount you need to qualify for, it could be an issue. Also a new account with a balance could be a risk factor and it could catch the attention of an underwriter. I'd talk to a trusted mortgage professional first to get their take. Are you both applying together? Do you both share that debt? Who has the lowest middle score? I ask because it's rare that couples have all the same accounts on their credit reports and remember the lowest of the two middle scores is likely to be used to qualify for the loan. Do you both have to be on the mortgage to qualify? If not, that could affect your options or strategy. I think the main issue here is timing. if you have several months before you apply it may work out Ok but if you are crunched for time it may be riskier.
  5. 59% utilization is still quite high. I am not convinced you will get the increase you are hoping for. Barry Paperno, who worked at FICO for 25+ years says combined utilization will have more of an impact than individual utilization though the latter does have an impact as well.
  6. Typically you shouldn't see a substantial drop in your score due to a mortgage refi. Yes, there is a new account with a balance (and an effect on age of credit factor), and there was an inquiry (though that may have happened the previous reporting cycle) but overall the effect is usually small. Have you confirmed your old mortgage is showing a zero balance? If there was a lag in reporting that, your debt level could look higher than it is. I wouldn't panic. Unless there is something else going on, my guess is you will see it even out next reporting cycle or the following. Also double check other factors like utilization which is often responsible for swings like that.
  7. The article says: "Interestingly, the CFPB’s regulatory nudge to credit unions was followed up with an unexpected signal boost from the Office of the Comptroller of Currency an hour later, when it formally rescinded Obama-era guidance that made it more difficult for banks to offer a payday loan-like product called deposit advance." Yesterday when I logged into my credit union online account there was a splash screen offering me access to my paycheck deposit funds a day early for a fee of $3. Seems like they moved quickly. Thanks for flagging this piece.
  8. I agree with the above; if you are going to focus on something to build your credit, inquiries would not be the main focus. It's frustrating but the damage won't last nearly as long as other items. When I've seen people get a lot of inquiries removed it's usually due to fraud (in which case they are usually suppressed to bypass their use in a score but to still appear on the consumer report as required by law) or once in a while you have credit repair firms that get involved with insiders to get them removed. Sometimes, of course, disputes may work too. But it sounds like you were legitimately shopping for financing which led to all these inquiries. Also remember depending the scoring model used by a lender they may be grouped and counted as a single inquiry.
  9. I'm a fan too for people who will use debit cards and not credit cards, either because worried they will get in over their heads or because they've heard a certain popular financial guru tell them not to use credit cards.
  10. I don't see my business card through Chase on my D&B report I monitor through Nav. It's an active account so there would be no reason for it not to report. (CapOne business account doesn't report either but that doesn't surprise me as they report to personal.)
  11. That article seems a bit vague in terms of what's actually happening. It's true many issuers still allow for interest rate changes, for example, though a significant percentage give 45 days advance notice, and most have done away with universal default. Agree it's important to be careful and watch like a hawk but there are still advantages in terms of building business credit, and protecting personal credit IMO.
  12. Agree with BRBiz; it's not going to be worth if for a couple of accounts. The bureaus will want to verify your business and make sure you can report information on a regular basis. I will check on the cost (if any) and report back.
  13. I work at Nav and want to clarify a couple of misconceptions in this thread. Nav shows both business and personal credit information but does not "combine" it. We are simply showing you the information credit reporting agencies such as Experian and D&B report already about your personal or business credit in a single dashboard. If it's not in your credit report with one of the agencies with which we work (Experian, D&B or TransUnion), it won't appear on your Nav account. We offer a completely free standard account as well as paid accounts. We also do not turn around and sell that information. We use it to help you understand what credit cards and business financing you may qualify for, but we are not in the business of selling your data for marketing purposes. I hope that helps!
  14. I verified with Chase (corporate PR) that they do not report to personal on a regular basis when I wrote an article about the major issuer's reporting policies. They can report in the case of default.
  15. Have to agree with BRBiz - some vendors will pull D&B, and a D-U-N-S number may be required for government contracts, terms with vendors or suppliers or even certain contracts with large retailers. I don't know enough about your business to say how it will impact you, but building credit with D&B is generally not something to avoid if possible.

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