Is it a bad idea to apply for a new credit card three weeks before we have to remortgage?

Our current mortgage deal runs out at the end of this month (29th) and my current 0% deal on my credit card runs out in two days (7th). My credit score (as accurate as they are) is 999 on Experian so that shouldn't be a problem, and because I have some options available to do a balance transfer to another 0% deal credit card I would like to do this. However I am unsure if a recent application for credit will have a negative affect when they come to process our mortgage at the end of the month? The new card will not be use for any purchases or withdrawals and there are no issues with making payments etc. it is purely to extend my 0% on my existing balance. Does anyone have any experience with this? Do people know if the new card will even be on my credit file in that time? Any thoughts/experiences appreciated.

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  • MattMattMattUK
    MattMattMattUK Posts: 8,194
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    cbo123 said:
    Our current mortgage deal runs out at the end of this month (29th) and my current 0% deal on my credit card runs out in two days (7th). My credit score (as accurate as they are) is 999 on Experian so that shouldn't be a problem, and because I have some options available to do a balance transfer to another 0% deal credit card I would like to do this. However I am unsure if a recent application for credit will have a negative affect when they come to process our mortgage at the end of the month? The new card will not be use for any purchases or withdrawals and there are no issues with making payments etc. it is purely to extend my 0% on my existing balance. Does anyone have any experience with this? Do people know if the new card will even be on my credit file in that time? Any thoughts/experiences appreciated.
    Your credit score is a meaningless, made up number, it has no relevance to anything.

    Are you rolling over an existing product to a new deal, changing provider, borrowing more? Are you going direct to the bank or through a broker? 
  • penners324
    penners324 Posts: 2,576
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    The credit card debt is likely to be a bigger issue than opening a new account 
  • dunstonh
    dunstonh Posts: 115,632
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    edited 5 February at 7:52PM
    My credit score (as accurate as they are) is 999 on Experian so that shouldn't be a problem
    Congratulations on your marketing score.     However, not a single lender takes any notice of that. 

    However I am unsure if a recent application for credit will have a negative affect when they come to process our mortgage at the end of the month?
    1 credit application per 6 months is fine.   2 will hurt your chances but not be terminal unless you are pushing limits.

    Utilisation of credit limits and sustained credit card debt are also damaging.

    If you intend to use product transfer instead of remortgage (which for most, that is the case at the moment) then credit checks are not made.


    I am an Independent Financial Adviser (IFA). The comments I make are just my opinion and are for discussion purposes only. They are not financial advice and you should not treat them as such. If you feel an area discussed may be relevant to you, then please seek advice from an Independent Financial Adviser local to you.
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