I would like to close 2 credit card for a total of combine credit of 16,000 that has been in zero for almost 1 year. Reason for this is that I have a new credit card with a credit limit of 19,000 at a lower rate. Is this a smart move? Thinking in buying a second home in about 2 years.
Thank you for your question. Closing credit accounts can be tricky. In some cases, closing an account may not have any negative impact on your credit score. In other situations, it could. Since you are planning on buying a home in the next two years, we will want to be careful. Here are a few things to consider:
Assuming you are not paying any annual or monthly fees to keep the accounts open, then you may want to consider leaving them open and just setting them aside. This will prevent any potentially negative impact to your credit score. You might also consider using the cards periodically to keep them active and reporting positive payment history. I still have the first credit card I ever opened while in college. I have my alarm company bill to it every month, and then I pay it off in full. I don't carry the card in my wallet or use it for anything else, but I keep it active so that it continues to report positive payment history and the creditor doesn't close the account on me for being inactive for too long.
Navigating through the windy road of credit scores can be challenging, but USAA is always here to help with advice and services like CreditCheck.
Please let us know if you have any additional questions.