Posts Tagged "bad debt"

Accounts in Ch. 13 bankruptcy remain 7 years

Dear Experian,

How long do accounts included in chapter 13 bankruptcy remain on your report?


Recent late payments hurt credit scores the most

Dear Experian,

Why has my credit score dropped 42 points? There is a late payment on one of my cards which has since been brought current, and four of my accounts have been paid off and have a “0” balance. Why doesn’t my score increase as quickly when I pay off accounts as it does when I miss a payment?


When negative information will be removed from your credit report

Dear Experian,

If the account status information says the item will be moved from negative to positive on a certain date, what determines when and why that happens?


Accounts still show payment history and amount past due when sent to collections

Dear Experian,

I have a couple of accounts that were purchased by another lender or collection agency. I have paid them off and they do show closed, but they still show a balance. Is this negative? Should I dispute?


Alarm company can turn past due account over to collections

Dear Experian,

I have a dispute with a security alarm company. They have implied a contract extension on a policy that I did not approve. I have not made a payment on the policy since November 2012 and am concerned that they may eventually turn the balance over to collections, thus negatively affecting my credit, though they have not threatened such action yet.

Is there an arrangement I can make with the credit reporting companies that can prevent harm to my credit in the event that issues with this company escalate? That is, can I prevent them from damaging my credit history by reporting this unpaid balance? Or is my only option to pay them?


Intentional late payments for debt settlement will damage credit scores

Dear Experian,

I am considering signing up with a debt settlement company. They told me that in order for them to negotiate the best deal with my creditors I must refrain from paying my bills for more than 90 days. Won’t this negatively affect my scores?


The difference between Chapter 13 bankruptcy and Chapter 7 bankruptcy

Dear Experian,

What is the main difference between a Chapter 13 bankruptcy and a Chapter 7 bankruptcy? Also, how do the two types affect your credit rating differently?


Paying off closed or charged off accounts

Dear Experian,

Does paying off a closed or charged off account raise your credit scores?


New spouse’s old debt won’t hurt your credit scores

Dear Experian,

If I have a very good credit score and I marry someone with a bad credit score and previous debt, does that affect my credit score?


“Foreclosure” worse than “paid for less than full balance” but not much

Dear Experian,

Which has a more negative effect on my credit score, “Account Paid In Full For Less Than the Full Balance” or “Foreclosure”?


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