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Paid off my debt in full, now what?

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Paid off my debt in full, now what?


In 2007 I was knee deep or maybe chin deep in cc debt. Trying to make up for what the ex-spouse would not cover I did it with credit. Anywho, one of my creditors recommended a particular CCCS whom I went with and I paid every dime of what I owed. It took a bit over 4 yrs. I was told by them that I needed to cut the cards and close the accounts that were still open which I did. From that point on I paid cash for everything I bought and if I did not have the cash I did not buy it~ such a nice concept!. When I started my score was touching the floors in the 500 room. Currently, I am stretching in the mid-600's . My goal is get it to 700.


My question is this: I have 15 negatives in my credit report based from the CC accounts that I had fallen behind with. Even though they are at a zero balance the ugly red flag shines way to bright. I know that these guys are supposed to drop off after 7 yrs. Is that 7 yrs from the payoff date, 7 yrs from the the last overdue payment date or 7 yrs before I die? They all show zero balances and paid in full as agreed. 

Any information and/or advice would be greatly appreciated.


In addition, I was checking my FICO score like I do every several months. There has not been a change. I noticed that one CC company where I was not outstanding with was still on my report. I had filed a dispute in Jan of this stating that I did not have balance with that company as the report states. I called the CC company and they agreed that I did not have a balance. It still shows up on here so I called this evening. I had the pleasure of speaking to a young lady whom might have been sitting a desk far away from the U.S. I hope not but, it sounded like it. She said that she saw on the report when I first asked and then, when I asked her why it still appeared after I filed a dispute she stated that it was deleted and that I am looking at an old report. I would think that the online reports are new and updated? She continued to assure me that it was deleted. I asked her if she deleted it and she said no. Now. I am not going to waste my cell phone minutes talking in circles with someone sitting at their desk in edited. I thanked and then proceeded to stay good bye which she chimed in if she could help me further. I had to say no because us Southerners cannot understand someone who has no draw and does not pronounce all their letters currently as Merriam Webster suggests.


I opened up a cc in April of which has a high balance which I plan to pay off by May 2013. That is my only cc. I keep getting invites from former creditors but, I really do not want to get a bunch of card this time. So with 1 cc and an account at my bank my debt to credit ratio showed 70% even though all 20 accounts were paid in full. With the credit that I have vs. the amount I owe that is where the issue is- I guess because I do not have enough cards to balance. But I do not want CC. So do I open another one up and just stick in my drawer. Or should I make one charge and pay it off ASAP? I want to get a new car within the next 3 years and I really need my score to get closer to 700 so I can get a decent rate.


I am new here so pardon my lonnnnng note. I must also mention that I am nearing retirement. I have 3 yrs left including this current year. None of my retirement account was affected by my CC frenzy. But I fear that if I do not purchase a new car before I retire I might have difficulty when I do not have a job. My mom was denied credit for something and she is 75 yrs old and retired. I do not want to join her boat.


Again, any advice, suggestions are appreciated. If you have something negative/not nice thing to say hold it in because I am not interested.


Thank you.




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Re: Paid off my debt in full, now what?

The 15 accounts that are bad.  You say they are all paid.  This is good.  You can send a GW to them asking for a deletion.  As far as the 7 years, were the CO'd?  Are they from the OC or did they have CAs?  We need more info.


Yes, get another CC, sock drawer it, you need revolving credit for scores.


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