We were discharged from Chap 7 in Feb 2012. We didn't have a mortgage or car loan, but a handful of CC and a lot of medical bills. We got a secured $1000 loan and secured $500 CC in April 2013 from our local bank. We also have my husband's SL, which we are paying.
When we applied for the loan and CC the bank said my CS was 499. We tried to buy a used car the first week of May and were denied, but in the denial letter they had my CS at 599. So I checked it with Equifax and they had my score at 620. I'm not sure why the big differences in scores?
We have made one payment on the secured loan so far, but haven't used the CC yet. I have done a bit of reading on the boards and I see that we should keep our CC balance @ 10-20% of the CL. What else should we be doing to build credit? Our goal is to qualify for a mortgage.
Thanks. I did get a copy of our reports last month and everything appears correct. So it is most likely that the lender 499 is the "correct" score and the 599 and 620 are not a accurate scores? I wondered why the 499 a year later. Could it be because we didn't do anything in that time to rebuild credit?
Thank you again. Everything is showing a 0 balance/included in the BK. The new loan is showing and it showed the first payment as on time/pays as agrees. The CC didn't show yet, but we haven't used it. His SL shows as current but we did have a late after the BK and I am better that's why the lower scrore. I am making sure that gets paid on time from now on.
Aside from clearing up any leftover discrepencies on your CR, try looking into getting into Credit Union. I'm just a little over a year out of my BK and I joined Navy Federal. They are very BK friendly as you can see by my credit lines from them. I was able to get a 30k auto loan @ 1.99% for 72 months from NFCU.
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We are one year passed discharge this month, chapter 7, filed Jan. 1st (not a typo) 2012. I also stupidly let my student loan slip in default which coupled with my wife's medical bills was the leading factor in filing. I knew I couldn't and didn't want to discharge those, I just wanted enough breathing room to get them rehabbed. Luckily and by the grace of God it worked for us. I was able to rehab the loans started up again right after BK discharge.
Our attorney bless her heart put a bug in my ear that we "could", or "may" I think be able to finance a mortgage 2 years after discharge and I grabbed that hope and held tight as in my feeble weak mind this bankruptcy was the end of the world.....
Which is why I am posting this tonight. One year later my scores are higher than they have been in a long long time at the 680 range, I feel good about myself and what we have accomplished and proud of who I am again. Not because I can use credit, but because I have credit to my name, and I hope this can encourage at least one other person who is in it.
I made it my mission, and it is still on going, to research and find every bit of strategy I could use to build the score and that's what we have done. Paid most things back we could without being asked or even raising a stink, then cleaned up the reports as best we could for things that were not accurate and established new lines of credit we are hyper vigilant with.
So if you are in it deep and dark please take hold of the fact that you can rise above and beyond. Yes we make "mistakes" or bad choices and there is no safety net in life, but if you really strive for it, dig deep and pay the bill instead of getting a haircut or going out to eat or whatever, you can rise above