okrogius wrote:Depends on whether the card is reporting (and again assuming it's all positive payment history).With respect to selling/paying in full - has your account been sold to a CA, or still with the original creditor? In either case, your ideal scenario is getting an agreement to pay in full in exchenge for them not reporting it. However, depending upon the answer to the previous question, they way to go about it may vary.
okrogius wrote:Depends on whether the card is reporting (and again assuming it's all positive payment history).With respect to selling/paying in full - has your account been sold to a CA, or still with the original creditor? In either case, your ideal scenario is getting an agreement to pay in full in exchenge for them not reporting it. However, depending upon the answer to the previous question, they way to go about it may vary.I don't believe any of my accounts have been sold to the agencies. On my credit report it says "charged off", but the agency's are telling me they don't own the account, the original creditor does.So, I'm a bit concerned that the agencies may be lying.How could I know for sure that the original creditor owned the account?
Also, I have been settling the accounts for 60 percent of the original balances, was this a dumb move? Should I wait to get some documentation for the other accounts?
Message Edited by Drew on 03-28-2007 11:40 AM
TheNewWorldMan wrote:Dumb? No. You just didn't realize how counterintuitive the whole FICO system is. You probably thought, gee, if I pay a debt, the credit scoring system will see I am conscientious, and raise my score. It's very logical...and, unfortunately, dead wrong.The only way I would pay a charge-off is if the original creditor agrees to remove the account from my credit report entirely. So far the ones I've dealt with are more interested in seeing my nose rubbed in my financial misfortunes for the next seven to ten years than they are in actually resolving the problem in a mutually beneficial way. Their loss.
I would tell them to...arrgh, this is a family forum...
Check your calendar. What likely happened is that some collection agent was anxious to meet his or her monthly quota of closed accounts, and offered you a good deal. Fortunately, there are 12 ends-of-months in every year, so the opportunity will likely arise again.
Bear in mind FICO won't be affected whether you settle, pay in full, or tell the collection agents to take a hike. Lenders tend to regard paid in full as a little better than settled, which in turn is slightly more favorable than unpaid...but overall, once you default and get a charge-off, it's water over the dam.
DRASDALL wrote:Paying off the collections will probably not improve your credit - it will prevent another company from buying the account and reposting it - which can hurt your credit.I think it is good to always good to pay off the bills. Before I would accept the offer, I would get a pay agreement from them. Many say they will settle the account, but it does not mean that it will close the account. If you get a pay statement faxed to you for the rate, then you should be fine. It is ok to pay the collection company, because they probably own the account. They are usually bought for 10 to 50 cents on the dollar (depends on the orginal date of collection).If you have also apply for a mortage and the collection is already paid, then you could end up with a little better rate.