800 club: Couples with perfect credit

Meet three couples who have nearly flawless FICO scores -- and learn which of their habits helped them get there.

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Dick and Brenda Husemann
Dick and Brenda Husemann
Dick, 66, is a retired Air Force Officer; Brenda, 69, is a retired teacher. They live in Wilmington, N.C.
THEIR SCORE: 818

HOW THEIR QUEST BEGAN: Earlier this year, Dick signed up for a credit-monitoring service after the couple were victims of credit card fraud. "We knew our scores were high," he says. "But this helped us track them."

WHAT THEY'VE LEARNED: To never exceed 10% of their available credit and to zero out their card balances each month. "We pay things off religiously," says Brenda.

THE PAYOFF: A 4.75% rate on their home refi last year, plus bragging rights. "I may not be handsome or smart, but my credit score is higher than most of the population's!" says Dick.


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Last updated August 26 2010: 9:54 AM ET
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