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justrock
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Stupid Question??

I have three collection accounts that are fairly old, about 5 years or more.  Two are medical debt for $130 and $340.  One is a utility bill for $315.  My question is this-- if I pay these off but can't get a PFD, will it help or hurt me?  I pretty sure I can get PFDs on the medical bills, otherwise they are shortly out of luck with getting anything.  But the utility bill is another story.  Will paying help me or hurt me in the short run?

 


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DaBears
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Re: Stupid Question??


justrock wrote:

I have three collection accounts that are fairly old, about 5 years or more.  Two are medical debt for $130 and $340.  One is a utility bill for $315.  My question is this-- if I pay these off but can't get a PFD, will it help or hurt me?  I pretty sure I can get PFDs on the medical bills, otherwise they are shortly out of luck with getting anything.  But the utility bill is another story.  Will paying help me or hurt me in the short run?

 


Hi justrock, there is never a stupid question to ask. If paid it will look good on a manual review of your credit reports. You can always PIF then good will them afterwards.

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guiness56
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Re: Stupid Question??

No, paying a collection will not help your score.  If the creditor has not been reporting for a while it could actually hurt your score by updating to a current date.

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justrock
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Re: Stupid Question??

That is why I am confused. I'm afraid paying will actually hurt me.....

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guiness56
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Re: Stupid Question??

Is the collection account in the collection section and does it update monthly?

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justrock
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Re: Stupid Question??

I'm not sure if it updates. I've only just pulled my credit reports for the first time in years. How can I tell?

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guiness56
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Re: Stupid Question??

Every month the date reported will change if they update monthly.  If they don't it will be a past date.

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justrock
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Re: Stupid Question??

They all have "date reported" in the last few months so they are updating.   Which direction does this tell me to go?


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guiness56
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Re: Stupid Question??

Personally, I would pay it then start sending GWs for deletion.  Debt free.

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Re: Stupid Question??

+1 guiness

 

I'd try a round or 2 of PFDs and if no success, I'd pay and then GW.


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