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I Was Told Not to Pay My Default Debts But I Want to Rebuild My Credit. – Leonard

“Dear Steve, I’m turning 22. I have defaulted student loans, several phone bills that went into collections, a credit card that went into collections and also medical bills that are soon to go into collections. I’ve finally been able to secure a decent job, and I want to start rebuilding my credit … my score … Read more

Should I Declare Bankruptcy or Wait Four Years? – Lisa

“Dear Steve, I used to make $140k, but then got divorced and lost my job. We had over $100k in credit card debt. My husband already declared BK but I haven’t for fear it would reduce my employability. My debt went delinquent 9/09 so I have already put in 3 years and they will fall … Read more

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

“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 … Read more

How to Easily Rebuild and Repair Your Credit After Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, or Repossession

Most credit repair scams and schemes and just a worthless waste of money and don’t help you to legally rebuild your credit. Here is a simple process I have advised people to use for years that does the trick for rebuilding and restoring your credit from any credit disaster. This isn’t some crafty or quasi-legal … Read more

If My Father Buys Off My Past Debt Will It Help Improve My Credit? – Jonathan

“Dear Steve, I’m going through a lengthy divorce and custody battle in addition to having been out of work the last 5 1/2 months. My credit is pretty awful as you might imagine (mid 500’s). My debt including my car (roughly 15k) and a loan from my father for lawyer fees (20k so far) is … Read more

Should I Pay My Old Debts or Just Let Them Fall Off My Credit Report? – Lucas

“Dear Steve, I got laid off about 6 or 7 years ago. During that time, all my accounts; credit cards… loans, personal accounts went into default. Today, over 6 years later, my credit is worse than it has ever been. I believe that all my credit cards,and accounts that went into default fall under “expired … Read more

I’m Paying Off Old Collection Account But I Want Better Credit So I Can Buy a House. – Angie

“Dear Steve, Have several old collection accounts (most are over 2 years old). Also had late vehicle payments. Have since paid off the vehicle and bought another, which I am current on. Have paid off 3 other old collections, but still have about $3000 worth of debt. My score was around 590 a few months … Read more

I Want to Repair My Credit Report and Improve My Credit Score After Debt Settlement. – Brian

“Dear Steve, I had 3 charge-offs on my credit report: (1) Capital-One–$5,200 (2) Macys–$1,300 and (3) Dell Financial Services–$4,200. I used a settlement company to pay these off (at about 50% rate, plus 35% of the savings to the debt settlement company). I have ~ 10 derogs reported on my credit report from a student … Read more