A few years back things were tight, and I had to use my credit card quite a bit. I think the balance got up to about $15K. Once things got better, I stopped using it and put myself on an aggressive payment plan. I just made the final payment, bringing my balance to zero.
Until recently, I had planned to close the account once I had it paid off. I know this will cause a hit to my credit score, but I don’t really care. If I want something, I need to save up for it. If there’s an emergency, that’s what savings are for.
Except that now my girlfriend and I are looking into buying a condo, we’re prequalified for a mortgage, etc., etc. So I don’t want to do anything to badly hurt my credit score (which is about 750).
This is my only credit card, with Wells Fargo. I used to bank with them, until I was able to join a credit union. I’d really like to get away from WF altogether.
So here’s what I’m wondering about: being my only credit card, just how big of a hit to my credit score are we talking here if I close the account?
If I leave the account open, but the balance remains at zero, will this cause a hit to my score as well?
Something I’ve read is that the average age of credit card accounts also affects one’s credit score. I think I’ve had this WF card for about 12 years. If I were to get a card through my credit union, and close the WF card, the average age would go from 12 years to 0 years. What kind of credit score hit would I be looking at with this scenario?
I’ll probably wind up leaving the stupid WF account open for now, at least until we buy a condo. I’m just curious what others’ experiences are with this type of stuff.