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02-13-2013 12:45 PM
I owe CapOne on an account that was charged off but never sent to a collection agency. The account is about 5 years delinquent. I am applying for a house so I need to get this taken care off. I am reading mixed reviews on what whether to try to settle or pay in full. Based on the simulator it seems like paying it in full would have a huge increase in my credit score since this debt is still coming up for my debt utilization. Does it matter that this was never sent to a collection agency? I'm just trying ot figure out what to do.
02-13-2013 12:46 PM
I forgot to mention that this is my only debt besides student loans and car payment. I had a few other charge offs but everything is paid in full but this.
02-13-2013 02:17 PM
02-13-2013 03:15 PM
I agree that paying it should help your FICO score, if paying significantly lowers your revolving utilization. IMO it's also worth a shot to further negotiate with Cap1 to remove late payments.
You are lucky that a CA didn't get the debt because you very likely would have had a collection appear on your reports and your FICO score would have been hit again.
02-13-2013 04:05 PM - edited 02-13-2013 04:07 PM
02-13-2013 06:55 PM
A settled account is considered derogatory and could lower your score. I would pay in full.