Proportion of balances to credit limits is too high on bank revolving or other revolving accounts
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What it means: The score likely looks at your total available credit limits and compares them to your outstanding balances, individually and in the aggregate. The greater the percentage of your available credit that you are using, the greater the impact to your scores. There’s no magic number here, though. In other words, getting your balances below 30% or 50% of your available credit doesn’t automatically eliminate this factor.
What you can do about it: Focus on paying down balances that are close to the credit limits as quickly as possible. What about transferring a balance from a maxed-out card to one with a smaller balance? While that might help, it’s not likely, since you still have just as much debt as before (another factor). If you can’t make headway on paying down your credit cards, you may want to talk with a credit counseling agency.
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