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Wow 20 down but only 6 up? Makes no sense??

I realize that everyone expresses the same frustration of not understanding exactly HOW a FICO score is determined...but this is crazy.....My credit dropped 21 points because of a collection in December (didn't know it was going there as I was working something out with the creditor, at least I thought I was)....anyway, I paid off the collection AND a $5618 balance on a CC with a $12,500 limit (I am a Realtor and received a commission check allowing me to do this). ANYWAY! After BOTH of those reported....my FICO only went up 6 points?? Really??

 

 

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Re: Wow 20 down but only 6 up? Makes no sense??

Is the collection GONE from your reports or is it still there but showing paid? Paid collection hurts as much as one that hasn't been paid.

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Re: Wow 20 down but only 6 up? Makes no sense??

It is gone. It was removed, not just marked paid.

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Re: Wow 20 down but only 6 up? Makes no sense??

And the collection was $126

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Re: Wow 20 down but only 6 up? Makes no sense??

Something else must have changed in your report. Take a look at page 2 of your FICO reports and compare the factors hurting your credit score... what do they show?


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Re: Wow 20 down but only 6 up? Makes no sense??

I know you mentioned FICO a couple times in your posting, but I just have to make sure since your situation seems so strange.  You did purchase your FICO scores through this website, correct?  It is not a FAKO from another source.

 

Again, sorry to ask, but I just cannot believe your true FICO only went up 6 points.


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Re: Wow 20 down but only 6 up? Makes no sense??

Thanks, John. Yes, I only pull from here. I have another CC that I paid off that reports on the 15th. I am interested to see what that does. Interesting...in the Score Simulator....it did tell me if I paid off the CC's, not even mentioning the collections, it would only raise my point slightly. Maybe over time it will creep up as they get further in the past and I show less utilization......I was just surprised putting the collection on hit me 21 points and removing it only increased 6. I know everything you read says even as it ages/falls off/is removed, it NEVER really is??

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Re: Wow 20 down but only 6 up? Makes no sense??

Sorry to hear that.  It seems unfair, but I suppose FICO has a reason for doing this.  I just cannot see one from a consumer side.


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Re: Wow 20 down but only 6 up? Makes no sense??


mandev97 wrote:

Thanks, John. Yes, I only pull from here. I have another CC that I paid off that reports on the 15th. I am interested to see what that does. Interesting...in the Score Simulator....it did tell me if I paid off the CC's, not even mentioning the collections, it would only raise my point slightly. Maybe over time it will creep up as they get further in the past and I show less utilization......I was just surprised putting the collection on hit me 21 points and removing it only increased 6. I know everything you read says even as it ages/falls off/is removed, it NEVER really is??



Your FICO score is configured (or whatever the proper word would be) based on those items that are on your report.  If it's not on your report, it's not impacting your score.

 

I've had some mysterious ups and down in my FICO score.  Sometimes I figure them out later - a delayed "oh!", and other times they remain something of a mystery.  My bet is something else changed on your report.  Your oldest account hit a threshold, or your AAofA, or an inquiry aged to a certain point, or a new account became a certain age.  So many moving targets - and many of them hard to decipher - on anyone's credit report.  Keep on keepin' on (you know - watch utilization, limit inquiries and new accounts, yadda, yadda) and you'll come out on top.  Smiley Wink

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Re: Wow 20 down but only 6 up? Makes no sense??

I would bet on the oldest account crossing a threshold as well. In that scenario you would be newly compared against older credit files that may be stronger in aggregate.

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