Name: Morris Armstong
Hometown: Danbury, Conn.
Credit Score: 800-plus
“I have had credit cards for over 40 years, and while a credit history usually focuses on events within the past seven to 10 years, the age of an individual credit account is important, and I am fortunate that some of my credit accounts have 20- to 30-year histories. It is important to understand that the age of an account is a major component of a credit score and that you should try and keep your old accounts open and occasionally use them.”
Name: Angela Colley
Hometown: New Orleans, La.
Credit Score: 811
“I bumped my credit score up by over 100 points just by ordering my credit reports and writing a few letters. All three of my credit reports contained at least one error each. For example, one company was reporting a debt outstanding that had been paid off several months before. Another credit report showed an account I didn’t even own. I wrote letters to the credit bureaus disputing these errors, the credit bureaus investigated and removed the errors about 30 days later.”
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