This is from myFico.com ;-) The presence of a collection is a powerful predictor of future payment risk. If this is valid, paying off the collection will not remove it from your credit report. The fact that it occurred is still predictive of future payment risk and will be considered by your FICO score. However, as this item ages and falls off of your credit report, its impact on your score will gradually decrease. Most collections stay on your report for no more than seven years. Most changes to a collection, such as a change to the collection's company, account number, balance, or status, have No Effect on the FICO score. A FICO score could be affected if the "Date Assigned" for the collection is revised. The more recent the "Date Assigned," the greater the negative effect the collection has on the FICO score. ______________________________________________________________ & Just *imho* I do not recommend Not paying it only because it will not raise your Fico. Because I would think the fact that it shows up as Paid (or making payments) would have at least some impact on a creditors view of you as how high of a risk you are or not.
The amount of a collection account is not what impacts a consumer's credit score. The impact comes from when the account is updated/last reported on the bureaus. The reason is that 35% of the score is factored from "History", meaning what has taken place in the past. (In the simplest terms, your credit report is a history of how you have managed debts in the past.) There is specific emphasis on items dated in the last 12 months. So, any derogatory item (even an old collection account) that is updated to within the past year will have a huge affect on your score. It also does not matter whether a collection account is paid. A paid or settled derogatory item is still a derogatory and will cause deductions to your score for the 7 years it is allowed by law to appear on your credit. If the account does not get updated, its' impact will lessen as it ages. If, on the other hand, the collection agency keeps it updated, it can impact your credit score for a full 7 years.
While there's no definitive answer with respect to how many points your credit score may drop after a collection, a collection account is a clear indication that a loan, credit card or retail card was not repaid and payment history is one major contributing factor to your credit score. This can have a negative impact on your credit score.
It will raise your score slightly. If you don't settle a delinquent account, the verbage on your credit report may read: "collection account", or "unpaid collection account". However, if you settle, the report may read "settled". By settling with the debt collector, you have made an attempt to fulfill your financial obligation. Therefore, your score will raise slightly.
No, a checking account is not correlated to your credit score. The only reason why you have to give your social security # is to prove that you have no outstanding debt with any other banks. ______________________________________ Actually, there is a correlation. Having a checking account doesn't improve your credit score, but you can be accepted or denied an account based on it. If you have bad credit, or no credit, you may be denied from a variety of bank checking accounts. I was told by my lawyer it does improve your credit if you keep your checking account in good standings he said the bank report it monthly to the crdit bureaus thats just what i was told
The best pay to improve your credit score is to use your credit card (reasonably), and make your payments every time, on time. Paying for debts such as a loan, car payment, mortgage, and so forth will also improve your credit score. In most cases, the score goes up one point for every on-time payment.
Yes, because by doing that you are converting a Negative on your credit history to a Positive action. Those who look at a credit report are looking to see if you are making efforts to "turn things around." Paying a collection does NOT improve your credit and may, under certain circumstances, cause even more deductions to your credit score. This is one of the fallacies about credit. The factor that causes the largest amount of deductions to scores is when a derogatory account was last reported to the bureaus, not the amount owed or the status (paid or unpaid). A paid collection account can be just as damaging as an unpaid collection. The first answer was incorrect. The only thing that will improve your credit rating is to have the collection removed from your credit report. Offer to pay the collection in exchange for a deletion.
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