How to Fix Credit Usage Quickly
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High usage lowers your score. Here are 3 ways to fix credit usage quickly.
From our 20+ years of working with real estate investors, the number one reason we see them pay too much for funding is their credit scores are artificially lowered by their normal business needs.
How does this happen? And how do you fix it?
How Usage Impacts Your Credit Score
Many investors put their business expenses on a personal credit card. As long as it gets paid off eventually, no problem, right?
Unfortunately, when the ratio between your balance and your credit limit is high (aka, credit usage), your credit score takes a hit.
But you need credit cards to keep projects (and your business) growing. The problem is: you either have to wait until you pay off the cards after selling the current project to start your next project, or… Pay over-inflated prices for money.
Let’s look at 3 ways to fix that.
3 Ways to Fix Credit Usage Quickly
- Move the cards off your personal name and onto business cards that don’t report on your credit. Some business cards do reflect on your personal credit, so make sure to ask about that before committing to a card. Here is one option you could look into.
- Call your current cards and ask them to raise your available limits. The problem isn’t that your balance is high. The real issue is that you’re using too high a percentage of your credit.
- Obtain a private loan that does not report on credit to pay off the cards. This raises your score so you can get better funding before paying off the card.
Getting Help to Fix Credit Usage
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For more info on getting credit ready for leverage, you can watch these videos.