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#AngelaZ - Says,

I have a credit card which has a credit line of $15,000, and recently it automatically changed to 25,000, after i had a balance of around $5000. I had paid off the $5000 on time. As I do not need big credit line of $25,000, i am wondering if i should call to decrease the credit line to $15,000, but will that hurt my credit score? Thank you for your kindly reply i advance! Smile
#carol - Says,

Hi Angela

Yes, a drop in your limit will hurt your score. Since you are wise enough to understand that you don't need a huge limit as this, I would suggest that you let it be and use your card up to the limit that you want. Credit card companies want you to make more purchases on their card which is why they increase your limit. But it is you who will ultimately pay off the debt. So, use it wisely. Stay away from purchases that you cannot afford to pay back. You can still have a big credit line and also not hurt your score. In fact, you may be doing your credit report some more good by being on time with your payments Smile

#jassica - Says,

Closing a credit card does not ALWAYS hurt your credit score. It can actually help you qualify for a mortgage or other loan that has an in-depth underwriting process.

Closing a card will reduce your available credit. If you have 40% utilization, that may go up to 80%. But if you have 0-10% utilization, that won't go above 20%. Zero to 20% utilization is the zone to be in because it tells potential creditors you use credit responsibly

#jassica - Says,

Closing a card means that you no longer have that credit available. Mortgage processors and underwriters look at not just the total utilization but exactly how high your limits are. Read another way: they look to see how much trouble you can get yourself in. Someone with $100k of revolving headroom has the potential to get in a lot more trouble than someone with only $15k.

Not every bank operates this way, but there are loads who do, especially in this credit market.

#marie - Says,

Well. I really wont care if my credit score got hurt a little. Because think of it this way if a theft got a hold of that card with that kind of a limit. You would be in a lot of hurt. I would either get them to go down on my card limit or close the account and open a new one with a small balance. Also to try to get one with a low APR because if your paying off over time you dont want to pay a whole lot of interset.
#debranewell2008 - Says,

Hi Angela,

I believe I would call and just get them to reduce the credit limit I would not close it because your score is also calculated on credit history. And it being an account in good standing I would not close it. I not saying it won't affect your score because it probably will. But I wouldn't close it. Just my two cents.

#andyth - Says,

I think it will hurt your creidt score
#FreedomDM - Says,

Requesting a balance reduction could very well hurt your rating, agreed. But also to consider, you should never exceed 50% of what your available limit is as that too will drop your score per account. It sounds like you're already handling your credit debts very well so kudos on that too.

Be well.

#marcusandila - Says,

Hi, I wondered about this too at one point because I got into a pretty bad disagreement with BestBuy and my credit card billing statements with them. They never sent me my bills EVER. They constantly told me they would. I would send random payments because I never knew when they were due or how much my payments were. It got to the point where I canceled the card all together because I didnt want to deal with service like that.

Because of that ordeal, I have a credit line loan thingy that dropped my available balance because of the whole thing & it did decrease my credit score. I would say that it would hurt your credit. At the same time, if you don't need it...you shouldnt use it. Therefore, I personally would let it be. It leaves your "available balances vs used credit" good..

#goodnatured - Says,

Well if you think about it, your credit score is based on your available credit and your credit/debt ratio, so if you request it be lowered then naturally your credit score will fall.
#marcusandila - Says,

Yeah, thats what I was saying too. But like everyone else said, it also makes you look bad because you "could get yourself into trouble". I think thats kinda strange because you are managing your debt fine by NOT using it all up & somehow that looks bad on you.

Either way, decreasing or leaving be, could be bad. I suppose it is just a matter of personal preference. I would leave it though

#CreditDiva1 - Says,

People die for high available limits. Nothing says you have to use it up to the limit, but you have it. I learned years ago that you should have credit limits that equals out to the dollar amount of your debt. For instance, if the balance of your car loan reporting in your credit report is $7000, the balance of your mortgage is $50,000, the balance on a credit card is $600, balance on your student loan is $5000, then your total debt is
$62,600. So you should have enough available credit reporting in your credit files that total to more than the $62,600. So, your available credit is a big factor in your credit score. Even if you never use the total available credit line to the max, the factor is you have that dollar point in available credit. Available credit should be the dollar amount or more of your debt.

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#DominicBellewego - Says,

Yes of course it will hurt your credit score.
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