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We Filed Bankruptcy And Saved Our Home and Car. How Do We Rebuild Our Credit? – Annie

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“Dear Steve, We wrote in earlier about debt settlement. We were saved from paying money to a scam operation, thank you. We did end up filing bankruptcy. My question is about our home payment and whether it is getting reported to credit agencies. Thank you for your help on this forum! I declared bankruptcy but chose to keep the house ... Read More »

Apartment Complex Debt is Listed Twice on My Credit Report. – Lori

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“Dear Steve, Hello, about 4 years ago I lived in these apartments. Due to some financial problems my mother and I were faced with the fact that we needed to move. We then moved out unexpectedly. Years later I recieved a letter in the mail from the debt collections stating that I needed to pay them $1,658 (for leaving without ... Read More »

Raised in a Foster Home and Suffering With Bad Credit. – Dwayne

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“Dear Steve, As a child i grew up in foster homes. my real parents put bills in my name as i was a child no where in there life. ive tryed hard to overcome the life style i was raised till i was 13 & put in foster care but its just so hard not having family & starting with ... Read More »

I Have Bad Credit But Settled Some Debts. How Fast Will My Credit Score Go Up? – Lorraine

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“Dear Steve, Bad credit score (595), and have a lot of accounts in collections. But I have paid them off for less than the full amount. The past week I’ve been on a debt relief spree and I managed to take care of 3 of my biggest accounts that were in collections. BUT I settled all of them for less ... Read More »

I Have a Really Old Judgment Against Me. When Will it Vanish Off Credit Report?

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“Dear Steve, I had a auto loan in which the car was wrecked a month after I got it thanks to the hubby in Tennessee. The car had no insurance on it to cover it when it was totaled so I was sued when I didn’t continue to make payments and they won by default cause I didn’t show cause ... Read More »

I Filed Bankruptcy But Now Want to Buy a House. How Do I Do That? – Aisha

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“Dear Steve, Filed for bankreptcy about four years ago, so my credit is really bad. I would like to buy a house, but how can I do so with bad credit? I filled for bankruptcy and it was discharged soon after. It is now four years later and I really would like to purchase a home. I’m not sure how ... Read More »

Is It Illegal for a Creditor and Collector to Report The Same Account? – Josh

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“Dear Steve, Is it illegal for both a creditor and a collector to report the exact same account? I have several old credit cards that show charged off and then a duplicate of that account by a collection agency. Isn’t that double and even triple punishment for the same account? My credit score goes lower whenever the same account is ... Read More »

Can I Remove My Father as a Cosigner On My Student Loans So I Can Build My Own Credit? – Rodell

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“Dear Steve, I’d first like to thank everyone for taking the time for viewing and reading my question- So, I took a student loan out for about 45k back in 05 and I have been very good in paying my loan down, I have not been late at all yet. ( knocks on wood ) with that being said I ... Read More »

Should I Accept the Settlement Offer From the Debt Collection Agency?

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“Dear Steve, Until five years ago, I had been having horrible credit problems. I stopped paying everything from the past, and started living without credit, spending within my means. Almost everything has fallen off my credit report, since most are over 7 years old. I have one bad account that is only five years old. I received an offer to ... Read More »

Negatives on Credit Report from Student Loans

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I have negatives on my credit report (CR) from two types of debt. Nine of the negatives are from student loans that I thought were in deferment but where not. Once I found out I made a payment to bring the loans current and now currently in deferment. The other negative is from cancellation of credit card debt. All the ... Read More »

How do I keep track of our credit along the process of bankruptcy. – Rosi

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In the past I was a total slave to our credit scores, checking daily and subscribing to different ‘watcher’ programs. 2 years of unemployment and filing for bankruptcy has cured that, but I am wondering what if anything you would suggest for keeping track of our credit during and after the bankruptcy process. If there is one thing I am ... Read More »

Should I dispute the debt with original creditor or let it fall off my credit report? – Melanie

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I have two credit cards that were charged off. I did not open these accounts. One was opened in 2005 and the other in 2006. They were sold to a collection agency. The last time the original creditor updated the accounts was in 2009. If I dispute these accounts would it hurt my credit score if the items came back ... Read More »

Credit Card Companies Keep Reducing My Credit Line as I Make Payments. – James

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Several of the credit card companies that I am paying off are now reducing my line of credit by the amount of payments that I am making to pay off these debts. Of course when they do this they always sight my credit report shows that my balances to available credit is too high. How I am ever going to ... Read More »

Just Had Negative Items Removed From Credit Report. Will My Score Go Up? – Melanie

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I just had a tax lien removed from my Equifax credit report. I also had eight other items removed from my Equifax report. Four of them were new collections. All under a year old. On my TU report I had ten items removed. A few were under a year old. I had one 10 items removed from my Experian report. ... Read More »

Should I close cc acounts that I haven’t used in a long time (or will use)? – Sarah

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I have 5 credit cards that I no longer use and have carried a zero balance for 3 yrs. Should I close them? If I do, will it affect my credit score and/or my ability to secure a loan in the future (if I need a loan)? I currently have 3 active (revolving) credit cards and 2 lines of credit ... Read More »

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