If you’ve ever wondered how to raise your credit score overnight, you’ve come to the right place.
Let’s take a look at three easy strategies to help you prepare for this financial gain:
1. Increase Available Credit to Lower Usage
Banks look for an ideal credit usage of around 30%. This means that you’re only spending about 30% of the available balance.
For example, if you have a maximum credit line of $1,000 and you’re frequently spending $800, that is 80% usage. When lenders see such high usage, it tells them you’re really pushing the limit of that credit. Often, high usage signals a struggle to meet financial obligations.
You can fix this in two ways:
The first is to apply for a higher spending limit as noted above. The second is to lower your usage. If you’re working in real estate investing, chances are lowering usage is difficult, so we recommend asking your credit card company for a higher limit.
2. Pay Extra to Raise Your Score
Another significant factor in calculating your credit score is the monthly reported balances to the credit bureaus.
A good way to quickly raise your credit score is to pay extra whenever possible. If you have a little extra cash at the end of the month before your statement is due, this is an easy way to keep a negative report from being filed.
The score will go up, and the credit bureau (and you!) will be happy.
3. Get a 60-90 Day Note or Usage Loan
If those first two strategies don’t really work for you, then you can always take a third approach: find a loan.
You can apply for a short-term 60 or 90 day note. These are available from most banks, or you could look to family and friends for the small loan. You can also go through private lenders like us for a usage loan.
A usage loan allows you to move the credit card balance off of that card (and away from your credit score). It can fix usage issues instantly as might be obvious by the loan’s name.
Also, by moving that balance to a different place, you’ll often find better deals which can allow you to pay off the usage loan more easily than you could have paid off the credit card.
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