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  1. Hello, all I am repairing my credit. No primary account currently or other accounts. All derogatories have been removed from my report. My score is under 600 and I am an authorized user of American Express the user is under 20%. I am an authorized user of an American Express cardholder. My question is I was told that I can apply, get accepted, and receive an American Express primary account due to the info I stated in the beginning? Please advise some steps I can do to build my credit or a step-by-step PDF. Thanx in advance.
  2. Friends, For building credit which is better for increasing my score, a personal loan that is paid off in a year or two sequential loans paid off in a six months each? I have a 766 score, I have $33K worth of revolving credit that stays around 3% of utilization, I never have had a late payments but until recently I didn't have any installment credit. I opened an account with a credit union and borrowed $1K, added $170 and set up auto pay to pay the loan off in a year but my cerebral synaptic jungle goo fired off the opening question into my pituitary output mass. So friends, please help mm with answers to sooth the building pressure on my hypothalamus mmembran.
  3. How, you ask? Simple - you just can't win. Look at the two items I have here from Credit Karma (yeah, I know - FAKO not FICO, but the principle remains the same). Same date....... Same amount of change in total Credit Card debt Same direction in the amount of debt - down. Same Credit Card Company involved in the change. Same change in number of Credit Core points What's different? One (EFX) went UP six points, and one (TU) went DOWN six points. It's not the number of points that I am questioning, it is the fact that the exact same documented change cause one score to h=go up, nd another to go down, and both by the exact same number of points. You have better odds in a Casino, and a crooked one at that. .
  4. What is the max credit card limit with USAA? I have the rate advantage set at $8500, but I want to see if it possible to go higher to help with DTI. Thank you on advance.
  5. Why Pay for someone to help you build your credit with this tool its very easy and will help you build credit back up in no time!
  6. Iv been battling this car loan late payment with Ally financial for a year now. Iv called and sent dispute/forgiveness letters to Ally trying to get the 30 days late payment removed but they wont budge. I've always paid a lil more then what's due. Because of Covid I looked up the Fair credit act to see if there's protections for us from having negative marks on our credit during the pandemic but still no luck for me. Does anyone have any suggestion for me this is my only late payment.
  7. Hello, My mother recently sold her house and I am trying to help her figure out what debts to pay off, which to try and settle for less, and which to not bother with now or at all. She is looking to get another property (maybe a 15yr fixed mortgage?) and so far has a credit rating of 716, but according to the report I see the bank payoffs after the sale of the house have not been reported. These payoffs came out to about 95K. Her husband died and much of the debt is under his name, however I think due to the state she lives in, the debt is considered hers as well? The debt under his name does not show up on her report. After the sale, she has about 115K to work with, but with these remaining debts: a private loan for 10K, no interest ~4000K owed to plumbing company for repairs credit cards: ~11K in her name on 3 cards, ~1500K in husband's ~1200K owed to hospital All of the above was her now passed husband's except the 3 credit cards mentioned. In order for her to successfully purchase a new home, get rid of as much debt as possible, but still try and have something saved for emergencies or to use otherwise, what would you suggest? Is it worth seeking paid professional advice? Is there a better place to post this? Thanks for any and all help. L.
  8. Finally posting on this forum after gawking for a while. 🙂 I've been working on my credit repair the last couple of years and am kind of at that point where I'm not sure if there is anything else I can do but wait it out. Had a medical issue back in 2016 / 17 which contributed to somewhere around 12 account charge-offs and a car repossession. Over the past year and a half, I've been aggressively paying the accounts off (all are at zero balance, settled), disputed as many as I could (several fell off, am doing another round this month), opened five rebuilder / secured / sub prime cards starting two years ago (Citi Secured, Self Secured, Cap 1 Secured, Cap 1 Unsecured, Credit One Unsecured), did the Self Lending self loan (like 6 months left on that one), Experian Boost, have had a high interest car loan the last two years, am about to replace it with a newer car loan at a lower rate, and obviously keep cards paid off every month and paid on time (*accidentally had a 30 day late when I was changing banks and forgot to update the account that was on autopay). Looks like stuff starts aging off in 2023 and 2025. Scores went from the low 500s to 696 Trans, 712 Equifax, 625 Experian. The problem I'm having is that even with everything settled, zero balances, and "good" scores," I'm still in purgatory when it comes to getting an actual decent points card. Capital One gave me an unsecured one a few months ago, but it's a $300 limit on a non rewards card. And since I already have two cards with them (one which is my oldest card now), even though their my "best bet" in the nearterm for a better card, i'm at their card limit. Goal Cards in the future are Chase Sapphire, AMEX Blue, AMEX Gold, and Citi Premier. Current plan is to just keep sending dispute rounds every few months, keep balances at zero, not apply for anything new at least until early 2022. Is there anything I'm missing? Anything I can do sooner to help compensate for the scars from the past on my credit report?
  9. Hello all. The title says just about everything. Is it known whether or not AMEX holds closed accounts against you when opening new ones? I had three (3) AMEX accounts, none of them were Gold. I entered all three in a DMP (I wanted to keep one open, but the DMP told me not to or else lenders may not accept the plan). I just paid off all three well ahead of the end of the DMP end date. To my knowledge, I have not be subject to an F/R. FICO scores as follows: EX 713 TU 717 EQ 701 I was approved for the CSP yesterday (7/23/21) so I will have a new account lowering my AAoA. I not looking to apply for the AMEX Gold for a few months (depending on your feedback). Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I haven’t logged on in a bit, but I’ve been gardening and bringing up my score after my BK discharge in 2019. I applied for a Lowe’s account and got a 7-10 day message with a reference number. I noticed that my credit was not pulled. When I called them, the overseas customer service rep transferred me back to a stateside fraud analyst. They made me go through some website to record myself for five seconds and the take pictures of my drivers license. After that, the verification website instructed me to call in with a passcode. I called back in and the woman put me on hold. While on hold, I got notification that my credit was pulled and then she comes back on the line and says “Congratulations” and provided me with my credit limit. I forgot the exact amount, but it has a weird limit ending that ended in 37. It was under 5k and was something like $4,537 or $4,837. I was thrown off by the last two number as I’m used to it being 00. 1) Has anyone gotten a seemingly random credit limit with Lowe’s (Synchrony)? 2) Has anyone gone through that verification process before? it’s been about 18 months since I applied for a credit card and this is my first store card (other than Kohl’s since I shop there for work clothes). Feeling out of the loop all of a sudden. Lol
  11. Hello, Does anyone know either by experience or with a good degree of certainty if American Express (AMEX) will decline card membership if you have ever filed bankruptcy against them? I have read somewhere that they keep a permanent “barred from membership list”. Is this right, no. However, as you probably know a financial institution may choose to do business with whomever they choose (a rather broad definition). I have read that even if an American Express account has been fully-discharged by a successfully complete bankruptcy case, they will no longer choose to do business with you. The reason I am asking is twenty years ago, I listed them as a creditor in my Chapter 7 bankruptcy case. I would like to apply for membership in the future when my current FICO is a bit stronger. However, I do not want to burn a hard-inquiry only for it to be declined. I apologize if I am not posting in the correct area. Thank you.
  12. Wassup y’all, I went through a rough patch in my life when I was 18 and overcharged the freak out of a kohls charge card and it went into collections. I paid it off and now i’m thinking🤔, how can i get that removed off my report since i paid it off. I know i should’ve tried to write a letter to them saying if i pay it off they’ll knock it off my credit but i wasn’t thinking back then. Is it to late to contact them and ask to get it removed if possible? Im not tryna wait 7 years i’m trying to get a house next year y’all.
  13. My new strategy for increasing my credit score is to use 2 secured credit cards for my expenses though-out the month and use my checking account to pay for the cards when the due date comes. I want to stop using cash and use credit, so it can grow! Now, i’m getting stuck on when to 1. actually use my cards during the month 2. whens the best optimal time to pay back from my understandings i need to pay when i have a balance due (Due date is the 18th) and not the current balance, so that they can see i’m using my card, is that right? Or pay when the new statement comes out (21st of each month is when I get a new statement in my bank app). I just don’t want to be spinning my wheels thinking i’m doing this right, and my credit remains to same, i’m trying to get this new house ya’ll. Also i hear that some people pay multiple times throughout the month why is that, and the benefit?
  14. Hi all, I was wondering if anyone had some advice regarding the following: I recently pulled our credit and Ally Financial is showing a charge off (CO) in the amount of $997.77 for a Chevy Volt lease we had back in 2013. The amount was written off sometime in 2020 and we were sent a Form 1099-C. I spoke with Ally Financial today and was told the charges were for excess wear and tear - it was our understanding that when we returned the car this was being taken care of by the dealer - we turned the car in a month or two early with low miles and some equity in it and leased another Volt from the same dealer. The rep from Ally that I spoke with today said that even if I wanted to do a PFD I couldn't because our balance is showing as $0.00. Sooooo… based on the above and the below example of how the account is showing on our Experian CR, what do you guys suggest we do to clean this up??? Any help, advice, guidance would be greatly appreciated. THANK YOU in advance! This is how it's showing on our Experian Report: Account Name: ALLY FINANCIAL Account Number: ######XXXXXX Account Type: Auto Lease Responsibility: Joint with XXXXX Date Opened: 5/30/2013 Status: Paid in settlement. $998 written off. Status Updated: Aug 2020 Balance: - Balance Updated: - Recent Payment: - Monthly Payment: $0 Original Balance: $13,065 Highest Balance: $0 Terms: 36 Months On Record Until: May 2024 Payment History: Current on payments from August 2014 thru July 2017, then it shows CO (Charge-off) from August 2017 thru July 2020, and finally it shows CLS (Closed) August 2020.
  15. Hi everyone. I just have a question on deciding if I should pay this in full or over the next few month. I had to file chapter 13 in 2015. I’ve been rebuilding since discharged in June 2019. I’ve done really good with CC’s since then. I was approved for 3k with PayPal credit. I only use it for purchases over 100 so I can get 0% for 6 months. I owe $1300 on it now. (Christmas) It will be interest free until June. I needed a an installment loan so I got $3600 via Upstart. I refused more because I just need the trade line. My question is do I just pay $350 over the next few months and put the money in savings or go ahead and just pay it in full? The total credit lines for Credit cards including the PayPal is $8750 I owe less than $1400 total. I’m going to let them draft the payment for the loan monthly and then just pay it in full at 13 months. That’s my plan and it makes sense in my head. I just don’t know what to do about the Paypal account. Pay in full now or wait and get the extra interest from savings account. any advice? I over think everything.
  16. Early during 2019 I stopped paying all of my credit debt which consisted of credit cards and loans. I started off in 2017 with good credit-- scores in the 700s. I helped my boyfriend and got very much overwhelmed. Now in addition to working with a company named Peace of Mind whose brand is about forcing a creditor to prove that the creditor owns the debt in question, I want to do some of my own cleanups. I'm familiar with the Universal Data Form relative to how it is utilized. Question: Can I use the form to submit credit challenges to the three credit bureaus. I'm so ready to achieve that 850 middle credit score!
  17. I had a NFCU cc of $25,xxx (25k) charged off in Dec. 2018. During my small business startup and struggles I tried my best to stay afloat. I managed to keep my NFCU auto loan ($31k, balance $5,000, never miss/late payment) and NFCU cc ( $3000 never miss/late payment) current. My Equifax lists: 12/2018 Charged off account Date of Last Payment Aug 01, 2020 (I made NO PAYMENTS or arrangements since CO. I keep little money (under $100 in my checking savings. Low and behold In August 2020 I see a 'DR Adjustment' of $1000 from my checking. After investigating I learned that a commercial account deposit I had in 2016 was credited back to me and the acct they had on file was NFCU and they snatched the grand and sent me a letter 'thanking me' for my payment of $1000. My state is NC, does this now effect my SOL? Is this legal for NFCU to take money from your checking account and update the CRA as you've made a payment when I did not initiate it? After this eye-opening moment, I did some research and it's my guess that NFCU loan terms have 'cross-collateralization' verbiage. When my NFCU auto loan is paid in full, will they send me the title or 'hold' it until the CO is paid off or settled for agreed amount? If I settle at a percentage of CO before auto loan is paid, will I get the title once auto loan is zero balance? I reached out to NFCU collections and got an offer to settle the co acct for $4000, so including the $1000 they already debited, that 20% of the charged off amount to stop the collection process. I'm assuming even with all the lawsuits NFCU has been a part of since 2016 to present, PFD is not an option on the table as a counter offer. I have the means to pay $4,000 to them within 10 days, besides my CRA showing 'paid, settled for less', how will this effect my credit and score? I know the general opinion on CB is that NFCU is GREAT and one should try to stay in their good graces, but it seems things there have changed for the downhill since 2017 and with a recent whistleblower lawsuit concerning their mortgage underwriting practices... their home loans advantage could also suffer in the near future. Personally at this stage, I'm not '$25k-in-love' with NFCU, but if you can offer reasons to sway my judgment, it will be enlightening. All in all, I'm seeking advice to get my title once the vehicle is paid off and maintaining the 'most amicable' relationship with NFCU going forward holding a single credit card, checking, and saving accts.
  18. So I disputed (or so I thought I disputed) addresses off the Big 4. TU removed all addresses except for my current. EQ has my current and another non-BK address. EX won't budge. All bureaus froze. Microbilt, LexisNexis, SageStream, Chex, you name it. Try to get full verification of the bankruptcy on my file, thinking the whole Trial Rule 1005 thing would help me (this rule makes only the last 4 of your social, full name and addy public-facing). No dice. This was the response L/N fed me, including a few notes in RED. Please critique, tell me I have no chance for removal, something....
  19. Basically, below are the baddies on my reports. I know I can't do much for the lates, but I'm hoping I can work on the other ones. I’ve been lurking and researching, but not sure what to start with. Any help is appreciated. Equifax Lates: Auto loan – 10x in past 2 yrs. 8 Navient Accounts – 7x in past 2yrs. (although was in forbearance) 2 Utah Higher Edu Accounts – 6x in past 2 yrs. (must verify if was in forbearance or deferment) 1 ACS Group Account – Sold in 2016, shows as closed and current status of 120 days past due. Charge Offs: Cap One #1 = $1850 from Apr 2020, but shows as open and 120+ past due UM Old Balance from 2012 – $8k Experian Lates: Auto loan – 14x in past 2 yrs. Status says: Now paying/was a charge-off 8 Navient Accounts – 7x in past 2yrs. (although was in forbearance) 2 Utah Higher Edu Accounts – 6x in past 2 yrs. (must verify if was in forbearance or deferment) 1 ACS Group Account – Sold in 2016, shows as closed and current status of 120 days past due. Charge Offs: Cap One #1 = $1850 from Apr 2020 Cap One #2 = $613 from Oct 2019 Trans Union Lates: Auto loan – 14x in past 2 yrs. (says C/O for Oct 2018) 8 Navient Accounts – 7x in past 2yrs. (although was in forbearance) 2 Utah Higher Edu Accounts – 6x in past 2 yrs. (must verify if was in forbearance or deferment) 1 ACS Group Account – Sold in 2016, shows as closed and current status of 120 days past due. Charge Offs: Cap One #1 = $1850 from Apr 2020 Cap One #2 = $636 from Oct 2019 Collections: IC Systems (Charter Communications) = $167 Auto loan: It was almost a repo. I paid past due the same day they set it out to be towed. I was 3 months behind. Why are they saying it was a charge off? What can I do? Student loans: I was in forbearance, but Navient says they no longer change credit reports. They sent me letter confirming forbearance for those months. Charge Offs: Since they are within past year, should I try to settle, pay in full, or wait a while?
  20. I have an AMEX charge off from 2017 its paid but I want it off my reports I've called them but the guy on the phone just kept saying nope can't take it off even if paid. I've even tried disputing them because they were reporting the wrong info but they just update with the right info. I was able to get approved for a different AMEx card two months ago so I know I'm not blacklisted I was wondering has anyone had any luck with something like this.
  21. I am pretty proactive on MyFico, so I thought I'd come here and get a different perspective on credit repair. I have read through Why Chat's Credit Confusion, and it's pretty robust. But one question I have that I cannot see addressed (other than a vague NYT article) is why "opting-out" is the first step toward credit repair? I understand the dispute process, but can you actually force the creditors to stop reporting information to credit bureaus this way?
  22. I finally decided to attack my credit issue rather than pretend they don't exist. Here is the situation Here is my CreditKarma information... TransUnion and Equifax (both show the same items Credit Cards $0 I have a $500 secured Discover IT card that I used for YouTube TV payment and that is it. Between 10% and 30% utilization opened May 2020. My mother added me as an authorized user to her Costco Capital One card that has perfect payment history, 8 years open and a $15,000 limit. Collections $5,317 Armada Corp Total Accounts 6 (medical) Oldest age of account 2019 $3,193 Puget Sound Collections Total Accounts 2 (medical) Oldest age of account 2019 $1,814 Solverity Total Accounts 1 (medical) Oldest age of account 2019 $310 Student Loans $0 Accounts Were Garnished from my paycheck and paid Closed Accounts 4 Dept of Education/NELNET (Closed 4/2016) Dept of Education/NELNET (Closed 4/2016) US Department of Education (Closed) Opened 09/2012 US Department of Education (Closed) Opened 09/2012 I have sent debt validation letters to all three credit bureaus and this is what was verified. Where do I go from here. I was added as an authorized user to my mothers credit card (Capital One Costco) about a month ago. I hope this helps my score improve but it hasn't reported yet. I saw a 25+ point boost from my secured discover card but it hasn't helped since then. Can anyone offer some guidance as to a path for a better credit score? Thanks, BFee
  23. Hi everyone, I had really great credit for the longest time, and then unfortunately, lost my job about 6 years ago and was out of work for a long time. In that time, my credit took a steep nosedive and I'm still down in the dumps credit-wise. At this time, I have 7 charge offs. 5 of them, I was able to get them settled and all of them are past SOL at this point. The charge offs are all with OC credit cards that were never sent to CAs (should I consider myself lucky that none of them were ever passed on to CAs?) Specifically, the credit cards are 2 Citicards, 1 Amex, 1 chase, 1 USBank, and one BoA. All but the Chase and USbank have settled and showing as paid COs, and "settled for less" showing on the credit reports. Last activities on them are all about 2 years ago or longer but they report the COs every month. Is there anything at all I can do you get these to go away? Am I out of luck and just have to wait for them to fall off in 5 years or so? I'm assuming the 7-year falling off date is based on date of last activity? Or is there any strategy to getting these charge offs removed? Thank you!
  24. Long story short, an illness took me off work for some time and some card payments were prioritized above others. I have since cleaned my credit up save for one lone big bad that will not die off in the form of DSNB/Macy's (CitiBank). Here's the deets: Date Opened: 11/16/2009 Last Payment Made: 05/06/2015 Date Closed: 04/26/2015 I've inquired about the debt and was told since it's past SOL it's no longer being pursued for collection, just reported monthly as charged off. That charge off reporting is a damper, though. What steps should I take, if any, to remove or rectify it on my reports? I can pay it in full, but is there any hope for it being removed or updated to not reflect so harshly? I appreciate any advice!
  25. It’s a long post but, where do I go from here? I am not sure what to do next. Do I just pay everything off and only charge a small account to one or two cards and pay them off every month or is there more to it? My goal is to buy a house. Hopefully by next summer. I, unfortunately, listened to Credit Karma before I did more research and opened more cards than I probably should have and charged a bunch but, I will have all the balances back at zero in 2-3 months at most. Here is what I am doing: paying all current credit balances to zero with no more charging, paying down student loans currently in deferment. I am thinking of closing the First Premier card and opening a self lender account (to get a better mix) but, am not sure if closing a paid card will hurt my score. This is where I am sitting at: Scores Wells Fargo Fico 9 score: 626 Fico 8 scores pulled from premium Experian subscription: Experian- 657 Equifax- 643 Transunion: 661 Fico 8: 657 Collections LVNV/Resurgent: $518 paid just waiting to be deleted from credit report IC Systems: $253, waiting on a response from debt verification letter, if that doesn't work I am asking for a PFD What Is Reporting Fingerhut: $73.06 out of $600 limit since Feb 2020 Capital One (authorized user, no card): $555 out of $9,500 limit since Nov 2014 Capital One (Walmart store card): $193.24 out of $300 since May 2020 Credit One $258.50 out of $300 since May 2020 First Premier: 270.83 out of $300 since Jan 2020 Synchrony Bank: $0 out of $1800 since Feb 2020 (never used) Student Loans Went through rehab and now in deferment due to being in school, no longer taking out more loans. Total: $39107.18 I also have some transferred closed student loans showing up on Equifax and Transuion as 120 days late with zero balances that I do not know what to do with. FICO Score Message 1 of 3 0 Kudos Reply
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