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A charge-off can hurt your credit score anywhere from 20-120 points.

Knowing your credit report credit score is the first step in securing a mortgage. When you are looking to buy your home, having a current, up-to-date copy of your credit report is essential in securing the best rates. By reviewing your credit report prior to applying for a mortgage, you will be prepared to clear up any past debts or errors on your credit report that could prevent you from getting a mortgage loan. Your loan officer will request a copy of your credit report credit score, so don't be taken by surprise when it comes time to apply for your loan.

While raising your credit score can take time and dedication, there are a couple of quick ways to boost your score. Before you start shopping for a mortgage or auto loan, use these quick tips to get a better score and a better rate on your loan: Get Your Report- Look over your credit report for errors, and dispute any mistakes to get them taken off your report. Increase Limits- Ask your credit card companies to raise the limits on your cards, making your available credit, and therefore your credit score, higher.

Some people wonder whether they really need to keep an eye on their credit report. They wonder whether it is necessary to check their credit score, credit report, and other relevant information. The truth of the matter is that you should check this information every couple of months. The more you check it, the smaller the chance that something bad can go unnoticed. When dealing with issues on your credit report, time is of the essence. The sooner you find out about things, the more likely it is that you can get those things taken off of your report.

The original answer is incorrect. There is one type of credit inquiry that counts toward your FICO score. When you apply for a mortgage, auto loan or other credit, you authorize the lender to request a copy of your credit report. These types of inquiries, prompted by your own actions, appear on your credit report and are included in your FICO score. Your own credit report requests, credit checks made by businesses to offer you goods or services, or inquiries made by businesses with whom you already have a credit account do not count toward your FICO score. Credit checks by prospective employers also do not count. These types of inquiries may appear on your credit report, but they are not included in your FICO score. source: Contrary to the popular myth, your credit score is NOT affected when you check your credit history. Particulary now with the new laws that allow people to check their credit history free each year, there is no penalty assessed for doing so. This is also true with many other inquiries from other lendors, though not all.

A FICO score is obtained with information taken from a person's available credit information. The score is sold by the FICO Company to interested financial institutions.

History on your credit accounts, especially what has taken place in the last twelve months, accounts for 35% of your credit score. This can mean a 200 to 300 point deduction for late payments. The derogatory information stays on your credit report for 7 years. But it will start to affect your score less and less after that critical 12 month period is over.

Because you have taken on the risk of a deadbeat.

Getting a copy of your credit report is a great way to make sure your financial health is in order. The Federal Trade Commission mandates that each citizen is entitled to a credit annual report at no cost, once yearly. Requesting your free annual credit report is easy. Simply find a site that offers free credit reports and request your one-time report. This will give you a snapshot of your debts and any actions taken by your creditors. With a free annual credit report, you will be able to clear up any errors or inconsistencies, settle debts and raise your score. Request your credit annual report today.

If the student loan is taken out in the name of the student then no. The student's credit score is separate from anyone else's. If the student loan is taken out in the name of the parent or with them as cosigner then yes - their credit scores would come into play.

Get StartedIf you have been denied credit or if other adverse actions regarding your credit have been taken based on your credit report, you may want to obtain a copy of your credit report and verify the information contained in it.The purpose of the Request for a Credit Report letter is to assist you in obtaining a copy of your credit report, particularly if you have been denied credit, employment or insurance within the last 60 days. The credit report tells how you have managed credit in the past and companies examine your credit report before deciding whether to give you new credit. You can request a copy of your credit report by sending a letter to a credit reporting bureau.When you receive your credit report you should carefully review it. You have the right to respond to a negative entry on your report, to have errors corrected, or to have your response made part of your credit report.

Information about the specifics of credit scoring is largely emphirical and based on trial and error. The Fair-Isaac company, who pioneered credit scoring, is very secretive about the exact working of their software. In addition, credit scores compute ALL the information showing in your credit report each time it is calculated. Changes in your debt to available credit, other derogatory information (like late payments and collection accounts) and when these things occured are taken into account. History, specifically what has taken place in the last twelve months, is factored a full 35%. So if the foreclosure was within that time period and was removed, your score would recover a significant amount of points. If the foreclosure was older, it would not impact your credit score nearly as much.

Yes an unpaid hospital bill will show on your credit report, however, if you are disputing the bill you can write to the credit reporting agencies(all 3) and have the dispute added to your file. This way if anyone pulls your credit report this cannot be taken into acccount for future credit.

Get a copy of your report and write the creditor responsible for the discrepancy.

Any repossession will negatively impact your credit. Organizations using the credit report do not differentiate between voluntary and non-voluntary. Rather, the organizations see that you were not responsible with credit and what you purchasd needed to be taken away. Generically, a repossession is considered the same as a chargeoff or writeoff, so the impact on the credit score may be anywhere from 50 to 200 points, depending on one's personal credit situation.

I'm sure it varies, however, last month I disputed an item on my credit report (which should be checked each year for errors) through Equifax. I used their online system and it was taken care of within three days. I was amazed.

Bankruptcies are a matter of public record and this is why they appear in credit histories. A Chapter 13 listing will remain on your credit report for seven years from the filing date and a Chapter 7 will remain on the credit report for 10 years from the filing date. The credit report entry will state the bankruptcy was filed and dismissed, not discharged.

What do you mean by "fix" it? Do you want this taken off of your credit report? Was the loan legitimately charged off? Do you still owe a balance on the loan? If you have a legitimate charge off reported on your credit report, it cannot be legally removed. If you owe a balance and the charge off is recent, paying off the balance could help. However, the charge off will still show on your credit report for 7 years, and only time will remove it. Still, if you keep your credit in good shape otherwise, the charge off will hurt you less and less as time goes by. Read more about your credit report and score in the link below.

Not necessarily. Sometimes it can take a credit bureau a few months (or even longer) to take an old record off your credit report. The best advice I can give is to request a credit report after 10 years have passed. If the bankruptcy is still listed, you can dispute the record directly with the credit bureau. You can get a free credit report at or from most housing counseling agencies. You can find these agencies by looking on

What is a credit score? Why is it important?A credit score is a number that basically gives a good indication of a person's ability to pay back money. Your credit score is very important. If you do not have a good credit score or an established credit history, you may have difficulty getting approved for a loan or mortgage. Payment history, debt owed, credit history length, types of credit and new credit are the factors that are taken into consideration when calculating a credit score.What is the credit score rating scale?Credit score ranges from 300 to 850. A higher score indicates a better credit history. Below is a breakdown of each score category and its meaning:700-850A score that falls between 700 and 850 is excellent. People who have a score in this range will not have any problem getting approved for a loan. They will also be offered the best interest rates.680-700Scores that range from 680 to 700 are considered good. Those who have a score in this range will most likely be approved for a loan and be offered great interest rates620-680A score that falls between 620 and 699 is considered average. Most people in this range will probably not have any trouble getting a loan, but they may not be offered the best interest rates.580 and belowAny score that is below 580 is considered low or bad. People in this range could possibly still get approved for a loan, but they will have very high interest rates. They may also have to agree to stricter terms.What are some things that can be done to improve your credit score?There is no need to fret if your credit score is less than perfect. You can improve it by reducing the amount of debt that you have. Additionally, you also need to make sure that all of your bills are paid on time every month.

Yes. In fact, if you are denied credit based on something in your credit report, you have a right to a free copy of the credit report that shows the unfavorable information. There should be a procedure in the denial telling you how to get the copy of the report. Additionally, credit reporting agencies are required to provide one free credit report annually. Since there are three different credit reporting agencies, I recommend that you request one every 4 months, and cycle through them. Check out Don't be taken in by the credit monitoring services that cost ten or twenty dollars PER MONTH like "", which is anything BUT free.

You get a 3 digit score from CIBIL which decides if you are a credit worthy person or not. Below are the parameters which are taken into consideration while calculating the score: Payment history: 35% Amounts owed: 30% Length of credit history: 15% How many types of credit in use: 10% Account inquiries/New credit: 10% In case, you default in making the payments the first two parameters gets a major hit on your score and then it takes a while to rebuild your credit history.

There is not a direct way to know how many additional points one can get for this that but there is a formula to increasing your score. Next, not knowing what your current score is will make answering this question difficult. I like Phil Turner's Credit Bible for information on increasing your credit score but here is some information for you. Paying a collection account can actually reduce your credit score, here's why: The credit scoring software looks at the date of last activity on the credit report to determine what effect it will have on the credit score. Collection agencies will update your credit report to say "Paid Collection" whenever you pay a collection. This will in turn make the date of last activity current and the credit scoring software sees it as recent collection activity and lowers your score as a result. This is a flaw in the scoring software that is unfair but it is something you have to work around when trying to maximize your score. The best way to handle this problem is to contact the collection agency and tell them that you are willing to pay but you want a letter from them stating that they will delete the account if you pay it. Some collection agencies will do this, some will not, but getting the account completely deleted will increase your score and is definitely worth the effort. Past Dues destroy a credit score. If you look on your delinquent accounts showing on your credit report you will see a column called "PAST DUE". If you see an amount in this column I suggest paying the creditor the amount that shows. Credit scoring software penalizes you for having accounts with an amount in the past due column. Paying a charge-off or a lien won't help or hurt unless it occurred within the past 24 months. Charge offs and Liens do severely effect the credit score, but after the charge off or lien is more than two years old paying it will not effect the score dramatically. If you have limited funds available I suggest using it to pay past due balances first, then pay collection agencies that agree to delete if you pay them. Below is a way of interpreting your credit score. Given the current credit score stats, how does this relate to your own personal score? Generally, if your score is higher than 660, you will be considered a good credit risk. If your score is below 620, then you might have a tougher time getting a loan. The following ratings explain the impact of the different score ranges: * 720-850 - Excellent - This represents the best score range and best financing terms. * 700-719 - Very Good - Qualifies a person for favorable financing. * 675-699 - Average - A score in this range will usually qualify for most loans. * 620-674 - Sub-prime - May still qualify, but will pay higher interest. * 560-619 - Risky - Will have trouble obtaining a loan. * 500-559 - Very Risky - Need to work on improving your rating. If you want to learn more about credit scores and how to improve yours: Take a look at Phil Turner's Credit Bible. You should find valuable information on fixing and improving your credit.

Bankruptcy. Bankruptcy will not remove a judgment from the debtor's credit report. The judgment will still remain for the required time if it is discharged in bankruptcy, settled or paid in full. Valid judgments remain for the required 7 years. Most judgments are renewable and can be reentered on the debtor's credit report whenever that action is taken.

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