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Long time lurker.... THANK YOU!

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Long time lurker.... THANK YOU!

Hello everyone, I just wanted to give a big big thank you to everyone in my first post. I have been a long time lurker on this forum and figured it was time to give back and post my credit journey! When I was in college I had a significant other that I co-signed a car for (horrible choice) and had opened up a few cards in my name and maxed them out and left me straddled with unknown debt, late payment and collections. My three scores were in the upper 400s and I had no end in sight prior to finding this forum. I had $4500 in collections between charge offs and medical bills, utility bills (put in my name by her) and all sorts of odds and ends. I did not see a way to improve my score. After college I actually became a credit analyst for a bank and later a F500 company for commercial lending and I got tired of explaining away my low credit scores and the stress that came before every background check, and quite frankly was embarrassed. A year and a half ago I figured I would start to make the slow climb up the credit ladder. I had a cap one platinum card with a $300 limit and a qs1 with a 500 limit from before all this went wrong, which provided an okay base along with 2 private student loan and 1 federal. The 2 private had 5 years of on time payments which provided a little bit of a buffer for me. Now I started tackling my credit card debt and collections. My collections were as follows:


lNVN funding from a charged off credit card-857

Cavalry portfolio services -1879

and a couple other odds and ends collections for medical bills. 
Once I paid lnvn funding and cavalry they automatically did a PFD without me even asking and had it removed from my credit including the original charged off trade line. (New policy) 


after I got my collections taken care of I had a pre qualify from chase bank and a credit union. I got approved the following cards:


Ashley card $1000 sl 8 months ago auto bump to $2500 this month 

care credit $850 sl auto bump to $1850 this month 

chase freedom unlimited 3 months ago $500 sl - auto cli to $1000 this month 

chase freedom 2 months ago - $1500 SL

CEFCU credit union - $500 sl 5 months ago 

AMEX delta gold this month - $2000 SL

AMEX everyday card - $1000 SL this month 


now I am headed to the garden after a couple of denials with scores of experian 679 equifax 630 TransUnion 685. I am going to garden these cards for two years since I am looking at a mortgage in a year and a half. 

just wanted to share my story and give you all a big thanks and get introduced to the board! I am going to be posting much more. Thank you all! 


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Welcome To myFICO Forums !!!


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A well deserved congratulations!!🎈🎉🍾🎊 

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Hey there!  Glad you came out of the shadows to post your success story......sharing will always help someone else that's lurking too.  So Congrats to YOU and thanks for a great read!  Look forward to reading more from you.Smiley Wink

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Re: Long time lurker.... THANK YOU!

Thank you all,  I appreciate it! I look forward to bringing my tips and tricks and intel on different collections agencies (I've dealt with a lot) and hopefully my credit analyst expertise will bring some valuable insight to the board!

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Sorry you had to start from that place, but I appreciate you sharing your story with us. Congratulations on the progress you have made thus far - wishing you continued success! 

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Welcome! Looks like you've done a great job! 

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Congrats! You are on a new runway and heading for bigger successes. Stay in your current seat and your journey will have many more pleasant stops!

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Re: Long time lurker.... THANK YOU!

Congratulations on your successes and welcome to the board!! This place brings a lot of hope for people in dark places. It's truly possible to get out from bad just have to take the first step. 

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whoops, wrong thread.

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