Be Wary of Closing Credit Cards When Applying for a Mortgage
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Dear Credit Care,

I am holding a store credit card for a store that no longer has physical stores and purchases may be made only online. I want to close that credit card. Would that affect my credit score, as I start looking for a mortgage loan? Also, I hold another store credit card and am not using it much. Will that hurt my credit score if I am going to close that one, too?

– Rajesh

Dear Rajesh,

You are wise to consider how any changes to your credit profile might affect your credit score, particularly when shopping for a mortgage loan. Without knowing the particulars of your credit profile, it is difficult to know precisely how closing the accounts would affect your credit. I can paint the broad outlines, though, and let you know that closing the accounts probably means a slight, temporary drop in your credit score.

Let’s look at the big picture first. Closing accounts could significantly lower your available credit. That would hurt your credit utilization rate — how much debt you have compared to available credit — and that’s the second-most important factor that the credit scoring firm FICO uses in calculating your score. (Your

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We’ve all been there: While checking out at your favorite retailer, the salesperson asks if you would like to sign up for their in-store credit card and save 10% to 20% on today’s purchase. As you glance down on your heaping merchandise pile, you do a rough estimate of how much you can save and the card is tempting, especially for college students and post-grads trying struggling to make ends meet.

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