A Tale of Two Credit Cards
Posted 01 April 2005 - 11:20 AM
I joined Creditboards at the end of January, 2004. At that time my husband and I had just signed on to a one-year settlement agreement on two over-the-limit credit cards, and our scores were horrendous.
I spent a little while reading on the site, and then jumped on in. I decided to work on my own credit files first; my highest score was a 536. I disputed off all my old addresses, and fixed my name variations. Then I decided to tackle the stinkiest thing on my own report first - those two horrendous credit card tradelines. They fell without a fight - one letter to the CRAs, and they were deleted from my report. I was an AU, not a joint account holder, and that made all the difference. A difference I wouldn't have known, if it weren't for Creditboards.
Over the months, I had CAs delete. I had one that had been calling me daily for almost 2 years - it had gotten so bad that we stopped answering the phone - and through a link to the BBB (shared with me on Creditboards), I got them to stop harrassing us, and they deleted their tradeline completely. My kids are allowed to pick up the phone when it rings now!
I applied for and received my first personal credit card in May 2004. I've guarded those accounts and paid on time, and my scores are now in the mid 600s.
When I turned my attention to my husband, his highest score was 486. The little things were easy to clean up, but those two stinky credit cards kept haunting him. We finished off the settlement payment plan in December - an entire year of paying Chase Bank almost $500 a month. It had all but broken our budget, but it was done. My husband's score got up to 592, so we applied for a home loan, and were approved.
However, to our dismay - Chase Bank never cleaned up the two credit card tradelines as promised. They changed monthly, but were never correct. A few weeks ago, they changed them to currently late, with 30 day late payments for every month of the 2004 year. My husband's score lost 30 points, and we no longer qualified for a our mortgage. I was a wreck inside, but I stayed calm and followed the advice I had been taught - document everything, and if someone can't help you, find someone who can.
After 3 weeks of phone calls - calls that left me crying outwardly and dying inside - Chase Bank finally fixed things. BETTER than I had asked for. I wanted deletion, but instead my husband received something better - squeaky clean 8 year tradelines with NO lates and no derog comments. His lowest score is now 697!
We are supposed to close on our home on May 2.
We owe it all to this website. Thank you.
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Posted 01 April 2005 - 12:20 PM
BTW, these posts are our paychecks, guys. This is why we do it.
Posted 01 April 2005 - 03:23 PM
I threatened Chase with a lawsuit once my husband's score dropped 30 points and we were in danger of losing our mortgage. I had tried too hard this past year to fix our scores to have Chase ruin everything. And from what I understand, if I could prove that we lost our mortgage due to their continued incorrect reporting, we could have had them pay for our house. I would have done it too - I was THAT mad.
Now I'm a little disappointed that I deleted the tradelines from my own reports - I could use the points! Oh well.
This past year has taken a lot out of me - I've had a bunch of sleepless nights and anxiety-filled days. It wasn't easy, but I made sure to write the letters and take the time to go through the process. But it has been SO worth it!!!
Posted 01 April 2005 - 07:59 PM
Where do you get the 3 scores as shown at the end of your message? I've seen this with a few users, and this looks like something I need!!!! Thanks for the help!
Posted 01 April 2005 - 09:44 PM
Edited by rigirl, 01 April 2005 - 09:44 PM.
Posted 01 April 2005 - 10:54 PM
NOW THATS WHAT IM TALKIN'BOUT!!!!! CONGRATZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
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T.U. 492 11/05
EXP 492 11/05
EQX 492 11/05
T.U 563 02/06
EXP 537 02/06
EQX 576 02/06
I have sent letter constantly dispute after dispute and things are looking up. im self employed and i dont want to get a mortgage till i reach 620. but i know its on the way thanks guys.
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Posted 12 July 2006 - 11:22 PM
all the other times it was paid early. But the one time about a year ago I mailed my payment off, now this
was during Christmas time but I mailed it eight days early. But they sat that it was two days late and now
my interest rate went from 12% to 29.99% because they said I defaulted by two days . They will not
lower my interest rate. And now that the interest rate is so high I am only able to pay amount owed and
about 30.00 extra with that. And I guess thats not enough because a couple of times they said I went
over my credit limit,because of all the interest and fees . I only owe them $4554.00
How can I get them to please lower my interest rate. I am a single mother of thee and I really need to
get rid of this bill. I need help . Please help me !
Thank s so much for you help.
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