Credit Utilization

Credit utilization is one of the biggest factors which credit models look at while calculating your credit score.  You could have had a FICO score of 800 or more, but if you max out a credit card your FICO score may drop to 680 or below!! (For more information on credit utilization read The 5 Most Important Factors In A FICO Score)

Different then a late payment, collection, or bankruptcy, etc., which can take your score years to recover from, credit utilization will only affect your score for as long as you have an open balance. As soon as the balance is paid off and reported as paid to the credit bureau your credit score will go right back up.

I underlined, “and it is reported as paid to the credit bureau,” because here is where it gets tricky. How long will it take your bank to report the paid balance to the credit bureau?

Most banks will report once a month, on the day, or the day before your statement prints.

There are some banks that are lazy to report, and they may even skip a month or two before reporting your paid balance. Ouch!

Here is a list of when the credit card issuers report your updated balances to the credit bureaus.

Please note: With some banks, the balance needs to clear by the date they report in order for them to report the updated balance. So make submit the payment at least one -day earlier.


Amex

  • Amex will report your statement balance.
  • It usually takes 48 hours until it reflects on your credit report.
  • You can call Amex at 1-800-874-2717 to get your balance updated off-cycle. The update will take up to 5 business days to be completed.


Bank Of America

  • Bank Of America will report your statement balance.
  • It usually takes 48 hours until it reflects on your credit report.


Barclays

  • Barclays will report your statement balance.
  • It usually takes 24 – 48 hours until it reflects on your credit report.


Chase

  • Chase will report your statement balance
  • It usually takes 48 hours until it reflects on your credit report ( i have seen some times Chase skip a month or two of reporting).
  • Chase will update your report within 48 hours (even off-cycle) if you pay your balance to zero.
  • You can call Chase at 1-888-682-8361 to get your balance updated off-cycle. The update will take up to 48 hours to be completed.


Citi

  • Citi will report your statement balance.
  • It usually takes 48-72 hours until it reflects on your credit report.
  • You can try to fax Citi at 866-713-5028 to request your balance be updated off-cycle. The update will happen when Citi decides to do it.


Capital One

  • Capital One will report your statement balance.
  • It usually takes 2-5 days until it reflects on your credit report.


Discover

  • Discover will report your statement balance.
  • It usually takes 24-48 hours until it reflects on your credit report.
  • You can call Discover at 1800-347-3085 to get your balance updated off-cycle. The update will take up to 48 hours to be completed.


US Bank

  • Us Bank will report the balance as it was on the first of the month.
  • It usually takes 48 hours until it reflects on your credit report.


Wells Fargo

  • Wells Fargo will report your statement balance.
  • It usually takes 48 hours until it reflects on your credit report.


Rapid Rescore

If you’re applying for a mortgage or loan, your mortgage broker or lender can do for you what is called a rapid re-score. All you will need to do is obtain a zero balance letter from your credit card bank. This is a letter that you receive from the bank, stating that your balance is at zero. Ask them to fax it to you (no mail-that takes longer.) Once you receive it, send it over to your mortgage broker. He/she will send it to the credit bureaus and pay for a rapid re-score. Once all this is done, your credit report will update within 24 -48 hours. (Tell your mortgage broker to use the same company he uses to pull your credit for the rapid re-score.)

For more information on a rapid re-score read Rapid Rescore- Everything You Need To Know

For now, have a great day!