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Why Did My Score Drop After Paying A Collection Account?

Why did my score drop after paying a collection account?

I paid all of my debts that were in collection (except a handful of hospital bills) as instructed by my mortgage company in order for me to purchase my first home. GOOD NEWS - I closed on my first home on March 11,2010...BAD NEWS - My score dropped after paying off a debt I owed to Sprint. I thought paying off the bills that were in collection, would help my score, not hurt it. What did I turn wrong? Now, my score isnt high enough to apply for any "new credit". My mortgage company hasnt showed up on my credit report yet. I have been told that once it does, my credit score will go down again! Help! What can I do to bring my score up? Is it true that after a few months of having my Mortgage on my credit report, my score will go up again?

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It is not uncommon for credit scores to drop after paying off a collection account. You must consider several factors as to why your credit score dropped. The first is to look at the age of the debt. The older the date of the debt, the less impact it has on your credit score. In the past, if you paid it off, it would renew the date as recent activity and would actually create a negative impact on your credit rating. With time, your credit score would improve as a result of paying off the debt. But with the new scoring system by Fair Isaac and Company, paying off old debt does not hurt your credit score because the scoring system distinguishes between new payments and new delinquencies. You can read more about credit score at our credit score information page.

Your credit report will take approximately two months to show that the account was paid off. The negative collection activity can stay on your credit report for up to 7 1/2 years from when you stopped paying on the account.

Having a mortgage in good standing appear on your credit report will probably increase your credit score. You will have to be patient with improving your credit score because the process takes time.

Credit scoring is much too complex a calculation for me to tell you specifically when your credit score should improve without knowing much, much more about your credit history. Even if I had a copy of your credit report, it would be difficult for me to tell you when and if your score would improve. Paying all of your accounts on time should slowly improve your credit profile, but how long it will take for your score to improve really depends on how much damage your credit score suffered due to any previous negative items(if any), such as collection accounts, and how many positive credit listings are now appearing on your credit report.

While I cannot tell you when your credit score will improve, I encourage you to make your monthly payments in a timely manner, as the longer you make payments, the more positive influence your accounts will have on your credit history. I encourage you to regularly obtain copies of your credit reports from the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian) to verify that all listings appearing on your report are accurate. If you find any inaccurate credit listings, you should dispute the item with the credit bureau reporting the information.

If it would help you for future knowledge, I can help you to understand how your credit score is calculated. Your credit rating is calculated based on several variables, including: your payment history (do you have any late payments, charge-offs, etc.), the amount and type of debt that you owe, if you have maxed out any of your trade lines, and then several other secondary factors like the length of your credit history and how many recent inquiries have been made to look at your credit history.

Generally speaking, all items remain on your credit report for up to 7 1/2 years unless you dispute the listing and it is removed as inaccurate by the credit bureaus. A bankruptcy may remain on your credit report for up to 10 years.

Here are some steps you can take to help improve your credit rating:

1. Pay off all debts and keep revolving lines below 25% utilization (and certainly don't 'max out' any loans or cards);

2. Get a small store card or gas card or credit card and make payments every month (this will help you re-establish a track-record of positive payment history);

3. Pull your credit report and contest any inaccurate information so that it can be corrected by the credit bureaus.

To learn more about credit reports and credit scoring, I encourage you to visit the Bills.com Credit Solutions and Resources page.

I hope this information helps you Find. Learn & Save.

Best,

Bill

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