What, if anything, should I do to raise my credit score?
The computer says:
“Why Is My Score 828?
1. The time since your most recent account opening is very recent
Research shows that consumers who have recently opened new credit accounts are slightly more likely to miss payments than those who have not. This is not an especially strong risk factor, and therefore usually means a difference of no more than a few points in a consumer’s FICO score.
2. There is a lack of recent (non-mortgage) installment loan information being reported on your credit file
Demonstrating that you can manage a variety of different types of credit responsibly is a behavior the score evaluates. In particular, the score may examine your repayment behavior on some types of personal loans (but usually, not including mortgage or other big ticket loans, which are examined in other ways). Having no personal loan accounts appearing on the credit bureau report, or if they are present but are closed or are no longer being reported by the lender, is a slightly higher risk compared to currently having an installment loan and making payments on it. The score evaluates the types of credit in your credit history, and considers your mix of credit cards, retail accounts, installment loans, finance company accounts and mortgage loans. It isn’t necessary to have one of each, and it’s not a good idea to open credit accounts you don’t really need, or don’t intend to use. ”
If item 1 “means a difference of no more than a few points” and “it’s not a good idea” to do anything about item 2, what can or should I be doing?