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Chapter 4. Credit Scoring Myths > Myth 1: Closing Credit Accounts Will Help You...

Myth 1: Closing Credit Accounts Will Help Your Score

This one sounds logical, especially when a mortgage broker tells you that lenders are suspicious of people who have lots of unused credit available to them. What's to keep you, after all, from rushing out and charging up a storm?

Of course, if you think about it, what's kept you from racking up big balances before now? If you've been pretty responsible with credit in the past, you're likely to continue to be pretty responsible in the future. That's the basic principle behind credit scoring: It rewards behaviors that show moderate, responsible use of credit over time, because those habits are likely to continue.


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