Will it improve your credit score if you pay off a 2-year old collection that is the only activity on the report?
Since it is an older collection, your paying it off will initially hurt your score. However, this will improve over the course of many months. Unfortunatly, since this is your only active account, you will eventually lose all of your scores if you do not open another account the reports to your credit bureaus, and having no credit can be just as bad (and difficult to correct) as having bad credit. My advice to you is, if you can take the initial hit to your credit scores, pay off the collection, and after a couple months open either a couple small credit accounts, such as a credit card, overdraft protection (check to see if your bank reports to the bureaus - many do), or even a gym membership (Bally's I know reports if you do a payment plan).
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So, lets see, if I was a lender, now and 6 months (or even 5+ years)in the future, as how trustworthy do you think I would comparatively rate these two, or desire them as customers:
1) He has not made payments on his previous promises. He still owes others money that he doesn't seem able, or maybe it's interested in, paying. They probably have the right to seize what he owns, or makes as salary in the future. Salary/money, which if he is actually intending to pay me (unlike anyone else it seems), is what he might have expected to pay me with! And those others want to get repaid, and will have a right to an amount that will continue growing by fees and interest charges, so his expenses are actually higher already than he's telling me. I can require he pay off those old debts I guess, but especially if he basically uses my money to pay those off, do I really want to be in the shoes of those he isn't paying now?
2) He seems to have had a tough period and missed payment obligations for some reason, (but that was XX ago / there is an explanation in credit file). Gotta' say s/he really wanted to stay responsible/honorable and worked through it, made good on his promise overall and paid them. He doesn't seem to owe others now, at least not more than he seems able to pay on what he's making....
I don't know about you...but not only would I'd sure have to rate #2 MUCH HIGHER, I'd avoid #1 like the plague!
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…
The information on the credit report is available up to seven years, both positive and negative. Some collection agencies though can fulfill your request to remove a negative collection in return for a full payment and a lot of people have done this despite it being illegal. The best that you can do to balance out a negative collection is to improve on other aspects of your report. I found ways to do that here…
Only the credit bureaus the collection agency can remove a collection from your credit report. The collection agency won't do it now since it is paid and they have no reason to. You can dispute it to the credit bureaus and ask for verification on the account. They will have 30 days to verify the items or it must be removed from your credit report.
== == Make sure that you get your most recent credit report. You can go to AnnualCreditReport.com, and pull a three bureau credit report for free. Once you have your report check to see what the Date of Last Activity is on that collection account. This will determine if you have a collection that is older then the statue of limitation.
No! You need to be careful if considering paying the collection agency. At that point it will start the 7 years entry. Bad credit remains on a credit report 7 years from the last date of activity, in other words, the date you make a payment. Make sure you negotiate a deletion prior to paying any collection account. Source: Credit Bible by Phil Turner.
Always continue to pay all your bills on time and keep your balances low. You can try and negotiate with the collection agency to remove the collection off your credit report upon final payment, but they might not agree. You can also try to dispute the collection to the credit bureaus, but it will most likely be verified unless the collection is paid off already.
Removing Paid Accounts from a Credit Report If you haven't paid your collection account(s) yet, negotiate with the collection agency. State that you plan to pay in full, and that you want them to agree to remove the item from your credit report. If you've paid, and the item remains on your report, go to the credit bureau and dispute the item that has been paid. It's a good chance that the collection agency has…
Only the collection agency or the credit bureaus can remove a collection off a credit report. You can negotiate the removal of the collection off the credit report upon final payment of the debt owed. Some collection agencies have policies against this, some don't. You can also redispute it to the credit bureaus as many times as they will let you. It has a higher chance of being removed if it is paid off and…
What does it mean when your credit report states that you have a paid closed collection account on you credit report?
Your credit score is 563 and you just paid off 4 collection charges on your credit report how will that effect your credit score?
Not much other than having the collection marked from unpaid to paid. If you are paying off credit collection companies, negotiate to get a letter from them telling you that the amount you are paying is the balance as agreed and that they will remove it from your credit report. Do not pay until you get that letter. If you pay without doing that, it will stay on your credit report for about 3 years…
If you stop paying on a collection account that no longer shows on your credit report can the collection company report the unpaid balance to the credit bureaus?
If vehicle was repossessed in 2004 but ex spouse stopped paying consistently in 1999 What date must the collection agency report to the credit bureau?
How do you find the collection agency's contact information if the reference on your credit report says only 'medical collection account'?
If a second collection agency takes over a unpaid debt can they have that collection put on your report?
Can a collection agency report a debt without contacting you first and claim to not have your current address on file?
If you have an account that went to a collection agency however you paid it in full how long does it take for that collection account to be removed from your credit report?
No contacting an experian credit expert will not help you improve your credit unless you have discrepancies on your report. Which would consist of things you have not purchased, or addresses you have not lived at. They can only tell you what is on your credit report the improving need to come from paying off back debts and creating new lines of credit.
If a friend refuses to pay a debt and you don't want to sue but want to report it so it appears on his credit report how can you do that and will a collection agency file such a claim?
Yes a collection can ruin your credit report. Collections are similar to charge offs and will lower your score significantly all depending on the age of the collections and the amount owed. You can remove a collection by disputing it to the credit bureaus or by contacting the original creditor and working out a deal. Either way works well. You might have to hire a credit repair service if you decide to dispute it or…