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Does your credit score go to zero when you file bankruptcy?


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2015-07-15 18:24:05
2015-07-15 18:24:05

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A credit score of Zero occurs for a variety of reasons-most due to no credit history, but not due to bankruptcy. Zero credit score can occur because you have not had any credit within the past seven years; you have never had any credit; you have had your credit account suspended due to report of identity theft or fraud; or you were convicted of a felony. There may be other reasons for a zero credit score not mentioned here.

The normal range of score is around 300 - 850 (depending on your information source). After bankruptcy, a FICO score in the mid to high 400 range, but after a couple years, this tends to come back up to the 500s, even low 600s (depending on how many accounts were included in bankruptcy).

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Yes, if you file bankruptcy your file needs to be updated to show you no longer owe. If it does not you will need to file a dispute with chexsystems and have the error corrected. Some people have been removed from chexsystems after a bankruptcy. They do NOT have to remove you but they must have an accurate file showing a balance of zero

It depends on what your credit score was before your filed bankruptcy. If your credit score was low before your filed bankruptcy, then after your bankruptcy is discharged, if you send a copy of your Schedules and Discharges records to all three credit bureaus; Trans Union, Experian and Equifax and ask them to zero out all the past due balances now that you do not owe them anymore then your credit score will more than likely be higher than before you filed. Also, your bankruptcy filing is picked up under the Public Records section of your credit report, however, after 12 months the scoring models do not pick up the bankruptcy anymore so it does not effect your score. It is visible on your report for 10 years after a chapter 7 and 7 years after a chapter 13, but not in your score. It is a good idea to open up an account after your bankruptcy discharges so your scores will continue to go up. If you open a credit card, just make sure you do not go over 30% of the limit, and pay it off every month. You can go to for step by step instructions on how to handle your credit after a bankruptcy.

Typically, if you see a "zero" or nothing as a credit score it is due to the consumer having no credit or not having any positive credit that would contribute to the scoring system. A consumer can have nothing but negative credit on their report and this would not generate a score. A score is normally generated when the consumer has had a loan and/or credit card history.

"Whether a debtor keeps credit cards after filing bankruptcy is up to the credit card company. If you are discharging a credit card they will cancel the card unless you reaffirm the debt. Even if you have a zero balance the credit card company might cancel the card."

Bankruptcy does not get discharged. Debts are discharged. The bankruptcy will remain on your credit report for 10 years from the date of filing. The debts that were discharged can remain for 7 years from the date of discharge, showing a zero balance and that they were discharged in bankruptcy.

Yes!! As long as they are at zero, you do not need to close them to help your score. Just don't open any new ones!!!

First, credit scores don't go down to zero. The only way to improve credit score is to obtain credit, use it wisely, pay it on schedule.

It depends on where you get your loan, how much collateral, and why your score is 649. Don't be fooled by credit scores. They don't mean what they say they do. I have a credit score of zero and my credit is excellent.

This is an OK score. If you get the score up to 770 and higher, you'll qualify for lower interest rates on loans. Over 800 and your a near-zero credit risk.

This means that you have no credit history according to equifax and thus they were not able to produce a beacon score.

A repossession will significantly lower your credit score, regardless of the balance. It will take around 7 years before the repossession is removed from the credit report.

It applies to a type of credit cards that gives you zero percent interest when they are used. They are recommended for people with a good credit score.

I've heard that if you keep your old account open (even with zero balance) can actually improve your credit score. The longer you keep credit card accounts open with out generating massive debt the more likely you'll get a better credit score. Depending on how large your balance is will really determine rather your credit score will get hurt or not (some will argue that it will not change your credit score but the answer varies from one opinion to the other) . You will be charged a fee by your previous credit card company though. Do not close your previous credit card account if you wish to improve your credit score, for some credit score companies may use it as a penalty against you (e.g. FICO).

There are many factors in credit scoring. Closing an account should not make it drop in score. Especially if it is a small amount of credit available.

Normally a credit rataing, like for example, the CIBIL rating contains marks or points on which the credit rating of a loan applicant is determined. If the credit rating is high, then the credit rating of that person is good. If the points are low, say for exqample around 400- 450, it is risky to give a loan such a borower. Such a borrower is not credit worthy!!Thus a credit rating either relects a positive or negative score. But the credti rating also indicate "0" (Zero), whichi is an unknown status. We will not be knowing the credut history of the borrower.A "ZERO" credit score indicates that the borrower has no credit exposure so far and he has not availed any loan from any bank. That is why the credit score is shown as zero! Thus a zero credit score does not mean that the credit history of that borrower is bad!! It indicates that the borrower has not so far availed any loan from any credit institution.M.J.SUBRAMANYAM, XCHANGING, BANGALORE


The only way it can help is that it makes the balances zero. Having constant balances on your cards, especially high ones, hurts your score. Pay them to zero and your score will increase

A zero credit score is the sign of a financially responsible person, one who does not borrow money, one who saves and invests regularly, and pays with cash. In other words, no history of having and paying off debt. Not worshiping at the alter of the great FICO.

The fastest way to raise your credit score is to pay off all of your outstanding credit card debts and any non-collateralized personal loans. After two (2) months, the status of zero balances across many products will raise your credit score. Now, if your credit score is low because of missed payments, judgments, writeoffs, etc., doing the above will raise your score, but not to a level where you will find it easy to obtain new credit instruments.

The requirements for obtaining 0 interest credit cards include having a great FICO credit score -- well into the 700s -- to qualify for a zero percent credit card. Also, you may not qualify if your credit score suddenly takes a small blow or downfall.

Not in and of itself. But credit scores are calculated based on ALL the information showing in a consumer's credit file, not just a single account. This account, in relation to others on your report, may affect the overall calculation in ways not addressed in your question. That is the problem with trying to guesstimate the impact of one small piece of data when the score is factored from the whole.

The accounts can remain up to seven years after the last payment was made, but will show a zero balance due to a bankruptcy filing.

Usually, yes - at least temporarily. But if your credit card balance is always zero, it tends to pull the score down over time. Best use of credit is to have two cards, and use them discreetly - charge something and pay it in full at the next billing. Occasionally carry a balance for a few months, then pay it in full. I have followed this approach for 40 years - and my FICO score is 787 - considered to be very high.

Anyone can apply for a zero-percent interest credit card, regardless of his or her credit score. However, you generally do need to have good credit in order to be approved for the credit card. Some companies require you to have a score of 750 or higher. In addition, you usually need to have a reliable payment history. However, those qualifications apply primarily to zero-percent APR credit cards. There are also credit cards that offer a zero-percent interest rate only on balance transfers, not purchases. The qualification criteria for these cards are sometimes less stringent. For example, you may qualify for one of these cards if you have a credit score of at least 600. However, keep in mind that no matter what type of zero-percent interest credit card you are interested in obtaining, that introductory rate is applicable only for a limited period of time, so make sure to read all of the fine print before accepting any offers.

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