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Removal of Civil Judgments and Tax Liens-will my score increase?

Billy Alt - Monday, June 26, 2017
With the Removal of Civil Judgements and Some Tax Liens, what will the credit reporting changes do to credit scores? Not as much as you would think. As you probably already know, the "Big 3 Credit Bureaus" are making required changes to the criteria used to report a tax lien and/or civil judgment. It is anticipated that already reporting tax liens and/or civil judgments that do not meet the new criteria will be removed from the 3 consumer credit reporting agenc ..

Your Credit Mix determines 10% of the FICO Score

Billy Alt - Friday, May 13, 2016
FICO FACTS from Billy Alt, President 700 Credit Repair- Your Credit Mix determines 10% of the FICO Score FICO Scores will consider your mix of credit cards, retail accounts, installment loans, finance company accounts and mortgage loans. It's not necessary to have one of each, and it's not a good idea to open credit accounts you don’t intend to use. The credit mix usually won’t be a key factor in determining ..

Open Business Credit Cards.

Billy Alt - Thursday, September 24, 2015
Most business credit cards do not report to the personal credit report unless the person pays the card late. Given that fact, any debt carried on these cards does not hurt the credit score if it is not reported. You can carry credit card debt on these cards without hurting your credit score. Just apply for business credit cards now to start building this segment of your credit. ..

Do Not Close Your Credit Cards.

Billy Alt - Thursday, September 24, 2015
Closing a credit card can hurt your credit score, since doing so effects your debt to available credit ratio. For example, if you owe a total credit card debt of $10,000 and your total credit available is $20,000, you are using 50% of your total credit. If you close a credit card with a $5,000 credit limit, you will reduce your credit available to $15,000 and change your ratio to using 66% of your credit. There are caveats to this rule: if the account was opened within the past two years or if y ..

Get Rid of Your Charge-offs and Liens.

Billy Alt - Thursday, September 24, 2015
Charge-­offs and liens barely affect your credit score when older than 24 months. Therefore, paying an older charge­off or a lien will neither help nor damage your credit score. Charge­offs and liens within the past 24 months severely damage your credit score. Paying the past due balance, in this case, is very important. In fact, if you have both charged­off accounts and collection accounts, but limited funds available, pay the past due balances first, then pay collection agencies that agree to  ..

Get Rid of Your Past Due Accounts

Billy Alt - Thursday, September 24, 2015
Within the delinquent accounts on your credit report, there is a column called "Past Due". Credit score software penalizes you for keeping accounts past due, so Past Dues destroy a credit score. If you see an amount in this column, pay the creditor the past due amount reported. ..

Get Rid of Your Collection Accounts.

Billy Alt - Thursday, September 24, 2015
Did you know that paying a collection account can actually reduce your score? Here’s why: credit scoring software reviews credit reports for each account's date of last activity to determine the impact it will have on the overall credit score. When payment is made on a collection account, collection agencies update credit bureaus to reflect the account status as "Paid Collection". When this happens, the date of last activity becomes more recent. Since the guideline for credit scoring softw ..

Keep Your Old Credit Cards Active.

Billy Alt - Thursday, September 24, 2015
15% of your credit score is determined by the age of the credit file. Fair Isaac's credit scoring software assumes people who have had credit for a longer time are at less risk of defaulting on payments. Therefore, even if your old credit cards have horrible interest rates, closing those cards will decrease the average length of time you’ve had credit. Use the old card at least once every six months to avoid the account rating to change to "Inactive". Keeping the card active is as simple a ..

Check Your Credit Limit(s) and Evenly Distribute the Balances You Are Carrying

Billy Alt - Thursday, September 24, 2015
Make sure creditors report your credit limits to bureaus. When no limit is reported, credit scoring software scores the account as though your current balance is "maxed out". For example, if you know that you have a $10,000 limit on your credit card, make sure that the limit appears on the credit report. Otherwise, your score will be damaged as severely as if you were carrying a balance of the entire available credit. Credit scoring software likes to see you carry credit card balances as cl ..

Get Rid of Your Late Payments.

Billy Alt - Thursday, September 24, 2015
Contact all creditors that report late payments on your credit and request a good faith adjustment that removes the late payments reported on your account. Be persistent if they refuse to remove the late payments at first, and remind them that you have been a good customer that would deeply appreciate their help. Since most creditors receive calls within a call center, if the representative refuses to make a courtesy adjustment on your account, call back and try again with someone else. Pers ..

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