itsmeandrew wrote:I guess to put it simply, now that I've paid them off, once they report will it show my highest balance and will that affect my score or how lenders view me?
Your reports will still show your highest balance over a period of time, but past balances aren't factored into your credit score at all. Unlike some aspects of your score, your utilization ratio doesn't have a "memory"; past values don't affect your current score.
It is possible that some lenders might look at that, but there's no way of knowing that, unless they decline you for that reason. In that case, they'd need to inform you of the details of your credit report that caused them to decline you. I don't think that's generally practiced, though; if banks actually looked at past utilization ratios, it'd be difficult to ever get anything other than a $300 starter card.
Good job on paying your balances off. I don't doubt that the next time you go to apply for a card, you won't be disappointed with the terms you get.