Does paying off a collection raise your score? NOT by just decreasing your debt, I mean does it actually do anything for your score? I am getting tired of CSD which is 156 but the keep ignoring all my attempts!
Short answer: No. Paying a CA does nothing for your score. It can and will help in manual reviews, though.
I just wish they would tell me either way.
No, by simply paying the bill, it will take the balance down to 0. It does not remove the fact that it was a negative status and will continue to report as much. Now there is a reason that it might go up, if it was the CO reporting, and there was a balance reporting, then your util was getting hit with that amount, so paying the balance would decrease your util and you might see a bump. Also, like mentioned above, if a manual review is done, then the UW could see that the debt was satisfied and might help in their decision.
Thanks Shogun. I am wondering how long I should continue trying before giving up and just paying it. Its only 156.00 but I cannot get ahold of them.
I just opened a complaint with the BBB only because I have in TOTAL written them 9 letters and they have ignored every one. If they dont want to do that they can just tell me and I will pay it. We'll see if I can get a response now. I hate to play hardball but I need to get this house before my mom gets too sick to enjoy anything and stop worrying about me if she goes to be with the lord.
Don't pay it LovesGoodCredit!
It will do ABSOLUTELY nothing for your scores! Keep trying to get a response from them. Have you talked to anyone about this?
Don't pay it until the month before you apply for your mortgage if you can't cut a deal with them before that. You will only need to have it paid when your lender does the manual review for your mortgage.
The lender will be questioning you about it then. What are you going to tell them? "I was too lazy to hunt them down and have it removed when I paid it!"
C'mon LovesGoodCredit! You are better than that! Find that lender and go poke'em in the eye!
Having these last collections removed is important. What are your scores like nowadays anyways?
Nope. I paid off 3 on the same day, all have updated to my CRs and no point changes at all.