I am currently past due and do not pay payments on my debt. I am aprox. $2500 in debt from two credit cards, a loan, and debt thats being collected from another source from sprint. I have not planned on paying any of these but i need to build credit and fix this.
What is the appropriate way to handle this? Pay off all my debt and try to build credit again via CC, car, etc.. which ever way I can get approved. Or not pay it off and try to get approved for something and put it in the past and start fixing my credit?
The best way to approach this is in two stages. First stage is to close the door on the past by satisfying that debt.
Next stage after you have paid it off will be to focus on rebuilding your credit. Start with a secured credit card that reports to all three credit bureaus. Make sure that you don’t carry a balance on that card greater than 45% of your credit limit. Consider getting a second secured card and do the same thing.
After you do this you will notice a substantial improvement in your credit after six months to a year.