Bumping for others on the process of vacating the judgment. Just save up the $$$$ before doing anything.
It looks like the judgement is unpaid then?
I'd think that will be a roadblock to a mortgage anyway, so you might as well look into how to attack it. Not sure exactly how to attack it, but if you were able to pay it in full, I'd imagine having it vacated might be a little easier. If your scores are where they are at even with that judgment, I can't see them dropping by satisfying it.
Also, bravo for putting in the work and avoiding BK.
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For a mortgage you will at least have to have it marked as "satisfied", wont be able to get the mortgage without paying it. It can be vacated once paid, if you have the funds to pay it off then I would contact the attorney that got the judgment against you and negotiate them filing to have it vacated once payment is made. If you dont have the money to pay it then the process will be a little more difficult, they wont negotiate the vacating as much with a payment plan in my experience.
If you have the funds to pay it then first contact the court house and find out how much the filing fee is that way when you ask the attorney to vacate it you can also offer to pay extra for the filing fee. I had 2 judgments against me, paid both of them and negotiated with the attorney to have them vacate it, I paid them the filing fee and then also paid them for 30 minutes of their time. Each judgment ended up costing me an extra $270 but totally worth it to me.
The judgments paid or unpaid are having the same affect on your score but a paid judgment shouldnt provide to much of a roadblock for a mortgage provided your scores are decent. You interest rate will definitely be higher but a mortgage would be doable. Just have to make sure you have no unpaid collections and ideally GW them to get them off if you do.
IME lenders want to see your responsible so 2 or 3 cards may not make a difference, it more depends on the limits and your UTL. If you have 2 cards with 1k limit on each I would think that would look more responsible than 3 cards with 500 limits. Just my opinion on that one.
We have a paid judgement, and it was no hinderance to us in qualifying and we have much lower scores. And yes, they can be vacated but you need to make sure that you get it in writing before paying that the attorney will vacate it. And offer to pay for their time, as they will be far more likley to vacate it if they will make a few bucks off of the deal. Easy money for them, easy deletion for you. Win win!
Keep this in mind,
Judgements can be reaged. They can be reaged indefinitely as well. With that being said, the judegement may never fall off.
I'd contact the people that won the judgement against you, find how much it costs to file the given paperwork to have it vacated, then pay it adding in the additional funds for it to be vacated.
You may get approved for a mortgage with it on your CR but you won't get the best interest rate which is what you are after.
Now, I found the Summons. It has the plaintiff, Discover Bank, and the lawyer representing them. Should I just start the process by calling the lawyer? Or is there a method to begin in writing? I understand not to pay whatever is agreed until I have the terms in writing.
The original summons was for $5946.52, the 2010 judgement is for over 8k. Any chance I can resolve it for the original? Or if I hope to have it vacated, the judgement amount is all I can hope for?
Either way, step one? Contact the plaintiff's lawyer?