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November 11, 2021

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’Fake’ grass can yield real long-term savings A growing number of homeowners are replacing their yards with artificial grass to slash their maintenance costs, save time and add to their property’s value. DEAR DAVE: Our front yard looks pretty crummy, with bald spots in some areas and lots of weeds in others. My wife and I are getting too old to constantly maintain it, and the cost of watering the lawn keeps going up. We don’t have the money in our limited budget to hire a professional landscaper to restore the grass and then hire a gardener to regularly mow it. What would it cost to replace the yard with artificial grass? ANSWER: It might not be as expensive as you think. And over the long run, you might actually offset the upfront cost of installing the artificial grass by slashing your water bill and ongoing maintenance expenses. Many states and water companies, especially those

in drought-prone areas, are even offering tax credits or cash rebates to homeowners who replace their thirsty natural-grass lawns with synthetic ones. Today’s artificial grass has been vastly improved since it first gained nationwide attention when it was introduced as “AstroTurf” in 1966 at baseball’s then-new Houston Astrodome. It’s much softer, more resilient to constant wear-and-tear, and looks great no matter the season. Realty website reports that artificial grass costs between $5 and $20 per square foot, installed, depending on its style, quality and other factors. The average price is $12.50, which works out to $6,250 to cover a 500-square-foot yard. That might seem like a big upfront expense. But by eliminating the annual cost of watering and other typical maintenance expenses, real estate data provider

ABOUT REAL ESTATE DAVID MYERS CoreLogic says, you’ll recoup the $6,250 in about seven years and then save hundreds of dollars each year thereafter. You can find lots of useful information, including a list of rebate programs offered in most areas, by visiting the website that’s operated by the Association of Synthetic Grass Installers at consumers.htm. ••• REAL ESTATE TRIVIA: A survey of 1,250 agents conducted by the National Association of Realtors (realtor. org.) found that grass is the most important landscaping element that adds value to a home, followed by trees and flowers. About 24% said that poor landscaping cuts 10% off a property’s market

value, but a staggering 40% believe it can whack 20% or even more than 30% off its eventual sales price. ••• DEAR DAVE: A home in our area is advertised as having a “granny flat.” What is it? ANSWER: It’s a space dedicated for the use of relatives, visitors, nannies or others to live either part-time or fulltime in (or on) the property. In many parts of the country, they’re called “in-law space” or an “in-law apartment.” Granny flats can take any number of forms. Some are simply finished basements or attics, often with their own small bathroom and cooking facilities. Others are converted garages or a freestanding (often prefabricated) tiny

house behind the primary residence. ••• DEAR DAVE: My wife and I created the type of basic living trust that you often recommend so that our home and other assets can pass quickly to our heirs after we die instead of going through the expensive probate court process. Do we have to give copies of the trust document to each heir now, or can we just put the original in our bank safe deposit box and let the heirs read it later? ANSWER: A trust, unlike a will, is considered a “private letter” that is not open to public scrutiny. You can certainly give copies of the trust to your kids, but you’re under no moral or legal obligation to do so. As I wrote earlier this year to another reader, you can put a copy into your safe deposit box but do NOT put the original document in there. That’s because, after both you and your spouse pass away, the bank will

automatically seal the box until your successor-trustee or executor can prove that he or she has the right to access it. That can lead to long and costly delays, and your heirs will have to wait several months or even years to get their share of the inheritance. Instead, keep the

original trust document or will at your attorney’s office or someplace else where your trust’s successor trustee or will’s executor can easily get to it without having to jump through a bunch of legal hoops. (c)2021 Cowles Syndicate Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Tryon Duck St. - Beautiful Office Building in the heart of Stillwater - $900,000 - Lori K.- Kyle 5706 W. Garden Pointe Dr.Lots - Gated 3BD/3BA, 2754 sq ft-$550,000 – -Ann 120 W Tyler - CALLING ALL INVESTORS, Units, 12 Apts., 2area/starting bed, 1 bath $950,000 Dolores/Tiffany 1218 W 12th - 4 Commercial in 2aCommunity very High Traffic at $255,000 - Ann scape producing 3337 W3000 Charleston Ct.Rd. - New Construction in 4 bed, 2.5-addn bath - $397,900 - Donna 3618 W. Fountain View Ct. --5BD/2.5BA, in ground pool Creek, - Woodland Trails $362,900 – Tiffany S. Range 4 bed, 4.5 bath, onBerry 3.2-acres - $845,000 Tiffany/Dolores $820,000 thorny, fast grow5919 W N. 44th St. - UPDATED, 6-acres, 4 bath, w/Shop, sq.$205,000 ft. - $840,000 - Lori a C. 208 Donaldson - 4BR/2BA 1851 sq4 ftbed, - close to shopping & 3596 schools – Donna 3215 S. Boomer Rd. Nice Commercial Building for sale $2,245,000 Tiffany 719 2109 Kar N Briarwood St. - UPDATED, 4/2, 1555 sq. ft. Great Location - NEW PRICE $215,000 - Donna 0 - Tiffany ing, weak wooded, 910 Kansas St. / Pawnee 1936 farmhouse / 1 acre lot with outbuildings $129,999– Tiffany 211 E. Main St., Coyle 64 Unit Storage Building, GREAT INVESTMENT $165,000 Donna 5215 Spring Creek Cir. E - 2 bed, 1 bath, 1253 sq. ft. on 3 lots with a barn - NEW PRICE $275,000 - Lori K. riffan ri- Lori- K. 415- 2.5 W. 80th - 52.65 acresCute rural property, no19-acres restrictions $300,000 – Lori multi-trunked 505 S. 11 Morton Ave. - Ripley, from thePRIME School - $75,000 000 E 760 Rd. miles W of OK, Hwy. 18 &home E 760across Rd., Land - $75,000 Montie 617 W S. 44th Main -10.86 Downtown Stillwater commercial plus apartment unit $395,000 – Tiffany am/l, Will consider splitting, Just West Western - $250,000 - Lori- Tiffany K. 2923 Monroe - 3 -bdrm./2 bath/Study/Game Room.unit One block toofBoomer Lake - $219,000 29 N.2707 Tiffany plants. They also Hidden Lake -lots 14 Beautiful on1468 theclose North - $52,500-$79,000 - Lori K. 830456 S. Ct. 3354 / Carney sq ft to - Side out building $199,900 – Lori 000 Roka N Glenwood - 9Rd platted-3BR/2BA forLots duplexes Boomer Lake - $420,000 - Tiffany 719 Karen , 0 - Tiffany tend to be prolific 608 Hwy. 177, Carney - 3/2/2 on 9.41 1118 am/l -sqNEW PRICE $299,900 - Lori 111 E. Tower / Perry 3BD/1BA ft $79,800 – Tiffany Pickles - Nice largesq. lotft.inGREAT PerkinsLOCATION School District - $22,500 - Lori 1408 2113 N. N. 7917 ,900 - Lori Crescent Dr. Gap - 4/2.5/2, 2439 - NEW PRICE $345,000 - Ann self-seeders, reN. NE Burdick 3BR/2BA 1623 sq ft on Close to shopping & schools $209,000 – Donna 6021502 Hallies Meadow -- NEW CONSTRUCTION 4BR/2BA, 2,347 sq. ft. - $379,900 - Lori 9366 Hwy.-33 3 bed, 3 bath, .75-acre m/l - NEW PRICE $259,000 - Ann 2923 iffany 920, 920 1/2 S. Duck properties,Lot/North homes, total $160,000 – Amy 5005 N Perkins Rd. sq. ft. bath/Large warehouse -2Oh, the 5possibilities - $399,900 - Donna 1919 Brooke Hollow Ct..- -4,000 - 24Investment bdrm./3 ofbedrooms OSU Campus! - $343,000 - Tiffany leasing hundreds 101Pointe W. 80th and shopCondo, on2,754 11.5Oklahoma acres – Lori$495,000 6000 #43Community - 2 building bdrm./2.5 Bath CityPRICE - $129,000 - Tiffany 57061408 W. Garden Dr.-Ave. -Commercial Gated 3BR/3BA, sq. ft.$4,000,000 - NEW $510,000 - Ann N.NMPennsylvania 35,900 - Lori of seedlings into 4713 W Country - NICE Lotoffor sale - $25,000 354 S. Cou ,500 - Tiffany 5011 W. LakeviewClub - 10 acres NW Stillwater $300,000-–Donna Lori


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3215 Boomer Rd. - Nice Commercial Building for saleon --$2,245,000 --Tiffany 1408 N. Main / S. Perkins4BD/3BA 2098 sq ft NEW CONSTRUCTION golf course $325,000 101 W. 80th - Commercial building and shop on 11.5-acres $4,000,000 Lori – Lori 505 S.4517 Morton Ave. - -Ripley, OK,1756 Cutesqhome across from the School - $69,900 Jenna Ln. 3BD/2BA ftNW NEW CONSTRUCTION $266,900 – Lori - Lori K. 5011 W. Lakeview 10-acres of Stillwater $300,000 Lori 000 Ct. - 9 lots platted for duplexes close to Boomer Lake - $420,000 -Tiffany Tiffany 354N Glenwood 115E.E. 80th- Commercial - Gap 14.5 acres Justlot North of 68th School & Mehan - $121,075 - Tiffany 354 S.3 522 Tiffany 12th building in Stillwater - $250,000 - Lori 7917 Pickles - Nicem/l large in downtown Perkins District - $22,500 - Lori -Kyle 203 E 80th - NiceCONSTRUCTION large office on 3 acres m/l $950,000 –sq. Lori 354 S306 Cou , 00 Tiffany . Kyle 26206021 S. Black Oak Dr. 4BR/3BA, 4,813 sq. ft. Georgian elegance & style $950,000 Donna Hallies Meadow NEW 4BR/2BA, 2,347 ft. $379,900 Lori 270 2707. -7 - Lori 7 - Lori E 2nd - 4BD/2BA sq ft Split floorthe plan $175,000 –- Ann 5000 N Perkins Rd. - 4,000 sq. ft. warehouse - Oh, possibilities $399,900 -- Donna PENDING & 1306 S4 3202 24 ft. - $135,000 - Lori 14081304 N. Main /Perkins - 4BR/3BA, 2,098 sq.1717 ft. NEW CONSTRUCTION on golf course -sq. $325,000 $315,000 - Lori K. 2707 W. 317 Lori Lori 5706 W.Jenna Garden Pointe - Gated Community 3BR/3BA, sq.- ft. - NEW $450,000 6038Dr. Haydans Brook 4BR/2.5BA 2183 2,754 sq ft $349,000 – Lori PRICE 4517 Ln. - 3BR/2BA, 1,756 sq. ft.- NEW CONSTRUCTION $266,900 - Lori PENDING- Ann 202 5 - -Donna 415 W.N.80th - 52.65-acres rural property, no 3restrictions - $250,000 - Lori 2112 Monroe - 2 Commercial buildings on $600,000 – Dolores E. -80th - 14.5-acres m/l just north of 68th & acres Mehan - $121,075 Tiffany Lori K.$152,500 - Amy 920, 920½ S.6115 Duck 2 Investment properties, 2 homes, 5 bedrooms total - NEW -PRICE 354 S. Council Rd. - Land forlarge sale office in Crescent, OK -shop No 33.5 acres m/l $167,000 203 80th - -Nice on 3-acres m/lrestrictions -on NEW PRICE - -Lori 101E. W. 80th Commercial building and 11.5-acres -$1,200,000 $4,000,000 Lori– Tiffany . 5011 as- 801 -Ann or Burdick -- 3BR/2.5BA 1371 ft $87,000 – Tiffany 3202 0000 E. 2nd 4BR/2BA, 1,717 sq. ft. Split floor plan - $170,000 - Ann- Lori ---PENDING W. S. Lakeview 10-acres NW of sq Stillwater - $300,000 S. 2707 W 6038 44th - 15.86 acres - will -divide, look for2,183 signs west Western $317,000 – Lori ffany E. 12th - Commercial building in downtown Stillwater --$250,000 --Lori Haydans Brook 4BR/2.5BA, sq. ft.of $349,000 Lori, - PENDING 474522 2620 S. .Black Oak Dr.Oaks - 4BR/3BA, sq. ft.m/l Georgian elegance & style $950,000 - any Donna Cedar 19th -4,813 7.48 acres inon city3-acres limits $350,000 – Lori 2112 N. Monroe - 2&Commercial buildings - $600,000 --Dolores N. Possibilities! $2,352,900 - K. Lori 601 fany 115 E. 80th 14.5-acres m/l just north of 68th & Mehan $121,075 Lori N. - 15.86-acres Lori 0000 S. Country Club Rd. - 20forAcres Paved Road - $200,000 - Ann- Lori 2707 W 44th - will divide, look signsonm/l west of Western - $317,000 - PENDING 203 E. 80th - Nice large office on 3-acres - NEW PRICE $1,200,000 Lori Lori Crosby Donna Rhinehart 4717 S. Turtle Pond Ct.&- Great m/l Lotm/l for in your - $45,000 Montie Stewart Monty Stewart Cedar Oaks 19th -.-acre 7.48-acres citybuilding limits - -Lori 6038 Haydans Brook - 4BR/2.5BA, 2,183 sq. ft.-pleasure -$350,000 $349,000 Lori - Tiffany Realtor Associate 3000 Range Rd $845,000 1-3 Dolores Lemon Realtor Realtor Associate N. Washington Rd. 151.8 acres m/l, OH the Possibilities! $2,352,900 Lori 4717 S. Turtle Ct. --Great .-acre m/lbuildings lot for your - $45,000 Tiffany 2112 NPond Monroe 2 Commercial on building 3-acres pleasure - q. $600,000 - Dolores PEN ft. - $349,000 - -Lori 405-612-4184 405-747-7306 405-372-5151 ngton Rd. -&- 151.8-acres 151.8 m/I, OH OH - -$2,352,900 - -Lori Cedar Oaks 19th -acres 7.48-acres m/lthe inPossibilities! city limits - $350,000 - Lori N. Washington Rd. m/l, the Possibilities! $2,352,900 Lori


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910 Kansas St. / Pawnee - 1936 farmhouse / 1-acre lot with outbuildings - $129,999 4517 0 - Lori- Tiffany Shumard Oaks - 5 Nice Lots for you to build your new home - $27,000 - Donna

522 12th- 52.65-acres - Commercialrural building in downtown Stillwater -$250,000 – Lori 415 W.E.80th no restrictions $250,000 - Lori - Donna 354 - ffany Tiffany Addition - Nice Large lots inproperty, Perkins School District/starting at $45,500 PENDING - Scotthaven ,900 - Tiffany 354 2620 S. Oak -Stillwater 4BD/3BA,commercial 4813 sq ftWill Georgian & style – Donna 6175607 S. Main - Downtown unit pluselegance apartment unit$950,000 $395,000 Tiffany S Black Mehan Rd.Dr. - 52.5-acres for Sale, Divide, Ripley School --$349,000 --Tiffany 1304354 & 11111218 45,000 - Lori iffany 1012 N. Manning St. 3BR/2BA storm shelter, outbuilding $195,000 – Tiffany PENDING! E. Tower / Perry - 3BR/1BA,Lots 1,118 sq. ft. - High NEWTraffic PRICE $70,800 - Tiffany - PENDING W 12th - 4 Commercial in a very area/starting at $255,000 - Ann PENDING $239,000 Tiffany W. 3rdRd. - Close to campus 3BR/2BA 2208 sq- ft$820,000 S. -properties, 4 bed, 4.5 bath, on 3.2-acres -–Tiffany/Dolores 920, Duck2218 - 2Range Investment 2 homes, 5 bedrooms total - NEW PRICE- $152,500 - Amy - - ,000 -Tiffany 1304 & 920½- S. 3000 - Lori

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Can you grow fruit trees from seed? The short answer is yes, yes you can. Should you? I hate to be the bearer of bad news but probably not. Here is a longer version of why: Fruit trees are genetically diverse. The chances of growing a tree that will produce fruit equal to or better than the seed source is virtually nil. Plant breeders study thousands and thousands of trees in search of ideal fruiting characteristics. Once a superior plant is finally discovered, fruit (and nut) trees then must be grown and sold as grafted plants so desirable characteristics can be reliably transferred from one generation to the next. The need for duplicating desirable fruit characteristics is obvious. However, a quality root stock, while perhaps not as attention grabbing as delicious fruit, is just


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How to take advantage of the equity in your home The equity in your house is one of the most valuable tools you have as a homeowner. It can increase over time, and it can be used to access money in the form of a loan or a line of credit that can pay for big expenses like renovating your home or the consolidation of high-interest debt. So just what is home equity? It is your home’s market value, minus the amount you owe on it. This is why it usually increases over time – as you pay off your mortgage, you’re subtracting less against the home’s market value. Also, if your home increases in value, your equity rises as well. However, the opposite is true as well – if your home decreases in value, your equity may drop if it decreases more than what you’re paying on the mortgage.

Differences Between a Loan and a HELOC A home equity loan gives you a lump sum of money

up front, and you make payments over the life of the loan at a fixed interest rate to pay it off. A home equity line of credit (HELOC) is similar to a credit card – you establish a line of credit, with your home as collateral – and you use the credit when you need it. You pay interest only on the money you use, and you can also continue to use the funds as you repay them. These rates are typically adjustable.

MORTGAGE MATTERS KENNETH WOHL value, which in turn would increase your equity. Not all home improvements are the same, however, so be sure to research to find out which one would add the most value to your home.

Drawbacks of Using Home Equity

Remember that your home secures the amount that you borrow through a home equity loan or line of credit. If you don’t pay Benefits of Using your debt, the Home Equity lender may be able How to Build to force you to sell The Tax Cuts and Home Equity your home to satJobs Act of 2017 isfy the debt. Also, You can make ad- lets homeowners some lenders may ditional payments deduct the interest charge fees, so be to the principal of on home equity sure to look to see your mortgage to loans or lines of if the fees are what build equity faster. credit if the money you would consider Appreciation of is used to “buy, excessive. your home also will build, or substanAlso, if you sell increase the equity tially improve the your home using a over time. taxpayer’s home real estate agent, The increase in that secures the there are fees asvalue of your home loan.” sociated with the over time is not Also, because sale transaction guaranteed, but has you’re borrowing from the real estate been typical over against your home, agency, title compathe most recent his- it would be a seny, and more. tory of the real escure loan or line of These costs can tate market in the credit. be as much as 10% United States. Typically loans of the value of the Also, if you make secured by homes home. home improvehave lower interest If you max out ments, that may in- rates than other your equity and crease your home’s loan options.

owe more than 90% or so on your home, you may not have enough equity to sell your property after accounting for the fees.

Ask more questions to seek out answers Ask all the lenders you interview to explain the loan plans available to you. If you don’t understand any loan terms and conditions, ask questions. They could mean

higher costs. Knowing just the amount of the monthly payment or the interest rate is not enough. Pay close attention to fees, including the application or loan processing fee, origination or underwriting fee, lender or funding fee, appraisal fee, document preparation and recording fees, and broker fees; these may be quoted as points, origination fees, or interest rate add-on. If points and other fees are added to

your loan amount, you’ll pay more to finance them. Opinions expressed above are the personal opinions of Kenneth Wohl and meant for generic illustration purposes only. With approved credit. For specific questions regarding your personal lending needs, please call RCB Bank at 855-BANK-RCB. Some restrictions apply. RCB Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and member FDIC. RCB Bank NMLS #798151. Kenneth Wohl NMLS #453934.

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From cryptocurrency to cash: Ways to bank your digital coin By Chanelle Bessette

tocurrency doubled after you bought a $5 sandwich, that means it effectively cost you $10. But the value could also go down, making previous purchases a good deal. Another barrier to consider is that regulators are still evaluating cryptocurrency fintechs. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced that it was going to potentially sue Coinbase, one of the most wellknown exchange firms, for offering a new lending product, and Coinbase has since canceled the product launch. Consumers should also know that using a cryptocurrency debit card is considered a taxable event by the Internal Revenue Service, since the cardholder is technically selling cryptocurrency as they make transactions with their debit card. Some card issuers may automatically generate 1099 forms for their customers to use when filing taxes, but the consumer is still responsible for keeping track of their tax liability. HOW TO TRY

CRYPTOCURRENCY BANKING To start using these kinds of banking services, you must first purchase cryptocurrency, such as bitcoin, litecoin, ether or any other currency that you would like to invest in. Cash App, Coinbase and PayPal are just a few companies with apps that have made it easier to purchase and sell cryptocurrency, even in small amounts, and store it in a digital wallet. If you want to

spend your balance easily, you’ll need to open an account with a firm that offers cryptocurrency debit cards and uses the kind of digital currency you own. Coinbase, for one, has a special debit card that lets customers spend any Coinbase assets they own and earn cryptocurrency rewards, but there’s currently a waitlist for new customers. BitPay, another firm, offers a prepaid Mastercard debit card that customers can use to spend their digital currency. There are

others, but it’s not a widespread bank offering. In the future, cryptocurrency could have the potential to be a source of peer-topeer loans, where individuals can quickly and securely process loans to each other , according to research from CB Insights. It’s a huge area of untapped potential but for right now, the world of cryptocurrency banking is limited to a small pool of players with some very new products and services.

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ever many regular debit cards are. BARRIERS OF CRYPTOCURRENCY BANKING Perhaps the biggest barrier to lending and spending cryptocurrency is how volatile it is. It’s the same barrier to investing in it: To hold cryptocurrency, you have to accept that “if your coin falls, you could lose a lot of money,” says Francisco Alvarez-Evangelista, a research associate at the Aite-Novarica Group, a financial services analysis firm. Many banks rely on the stable value of currency in order to lend, borrow or earn interest on money, but it’s not possible, at this time, to do those things with cryptocurrency in a way that’s as stable or safe as with traditional currency. And to spend your digital coin, you have to accept the risk that its value could go up after you spend it, since your transactions are based on the real-world value of your coin as it exists at that moment. For example, if the value of your cryp-

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just allows people to hold their funds in a digital wallet or spend it like they Cryptocurrenwould spend tradicy, the blocktional money. chain-based digital BENEFITS OF currency that has CRYPTOCURcaptured the interest of investors and RENCY BANKING financial service At this time, the firms alike, has a main benefit of this challenging probkind of banking lem. It can be hard is cryptocurrency to actually spend debit cards. They this currency like allow you to use you would regular your digital coin money. But there balance like any are new services other currency to on the horizon that make everyday purcould help people chases or withdraw use bitcoin and it as cash instead other digital coins in more mainstream of keeping it as an investment. ways for their dayBefore these to-day finances. debit cards were Here’s a look at available, you could how to use these spend your cryptobanking-style sercurrency only at revices for cryptocurtailers that chose to rency, as well as accept it directly or their benefits and sell it in exchange barriers. WHAT IS CRYP- for dollars. Now, financial technology TOCURRENCY firms are partnerBANKING? ing with chartered The term cryptobanks and/or debit currency banking could be considered card issuers to offer these cards, using a misnomer, since their partner’s lothe exchange comgistical and regulapanies and firms tory framework to that offer these services aren’t tech- automatically sell nically banks, but it your cryptocurrency behind the scenes, generally refers to converting it into the ways in which consumers can man- dollars and allowing age their cryptocur- retailers to accept it. This means that rency balances. At this stage, this kind your digital funds are accepted wherof banking mostly NerdWallet

Care about your credit score? Get strategic with card limits ratios. According to credit expert John UlzIf you have credit heimer, utilization is one of the more cards in your wallet, you might track actionable ways to improve your credit: your balances to keep your budget in “To the extent you check, but knowing have the ability to pay down your each card’s credit credit card debt, limit off the top of your head is anoth- then your ratios are going to go down. er story. That’s just a fact.” However, activeEven if you can’t ly managing how reduce your balmuch of your credances, a few other it limits you are using – also known strategies can help reduce credit utilias your credit utization. lization ratio – can WHAT IS A make a big impact on your credit score. CREDIT LIMIT AND WHO DEYour credit score TERMINES IT? is a mix of many Your credit limit factors, including is the maximum your credit usage. If you want to build amount you’ve been approved to spend your credit score, by a creditor, based focusing on using on factors like your less of your credit limits is a powerful payment history, way to do it. People income and credit with excellent cred- score. A credit limit is not set in stone it tend to have low and is likely to credit utilization By Amanda Barroso


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change over the life of the account: Your card issuer can increase or decrease your limit without warning, and you can also ask for a credit limit increase (more on that later). THE WAY YOU USE YOUR CREDIT LIMITS CAN HELP YOUR SCORE Make sure you know your credit limits. Try checking your latest bill or banking app to find the limit for each card. With your limits in mind, you can focus on keeping your balances low. Ideally, you want to use no more than 30% of the credit limit on any card. The lower that credit utilization ratio, the less risky you seem as a potential borrower. People with the

highest scores tend to use less than 10% of their limits. You can calculate your credit utilization ratio by dividing your balance by your credit limit. Multiply that number by 100 to get a percentage. Keeping tabs on your credit usage is as simple as setting an alert once you’ve reached a certain spending threshold. Most cards will let you do that. Many personal finance websites and apps also have a dashboard that shows your utilization. Other strategies can help you keep credit utilization low. “Pay an amount before you get your statement,” says Chi Chi Wu , an attorney at the National Consumer Law Center.

“Because utilization is calculated from what the balance is at the end of the billing cycle, if you pay it beforehand you now actually reduce that utilization.” Ulzheimer suggests two additional ways to keep your usage low: Start by trying to reduce your credit card balances if you’re carrying debt from month to month. Or you can ask to increase your credit limit, which not only offers you more flexibility to make bigger purchases but also helps lower your credit utilization ratio. “If you can do both at the same time – lower balances and more credit limits – then again, you have lowered your ratio,” Ulzheimer says.

This works only if you can keep your balance low and resist any temptation to increase your spending. Also note that applying for a higher limit can temporarily ding your credit score. THE COVID CONNECTION For a real-life example of how credit utilization and credit score are connected, look no further than the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent data from credit scoring company FICO shows that in 2020, many Americans took advantage of

reduced spending and government stimulus checks to pay down their consumer debt. According to FICO, average credit card balances decreased by 10.9%, and the average FICO score rose 8 points between April 2020 and April 2021. Doing something simple – like using extra cash to pay down existing credit card balances or making several payments throughout the billing cycle – can improve your credit, even during trying financial times.

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