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Will paying a collection agency improve your overall credit rating?


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Answered 2008-05-10 17:16:30

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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