Hi, I'd just like to introduce myself...

Discussion in 'Credit Talk' started by Danch, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. Danch

    Danch New Member

    Hey everybody,

    First off let me say that prior to posting this I've been on this board for days reading tirelessly. This is the best board I've come across for people in my situation (just starting to realize that good credit is a necessity). I went from being very depressed about my credit after checking my credit report (after learning I had a score of 560), to feeling determined and very hopeful about repairing it. This is mostly because of what I've read here. There seems to be alot of people I could learn from, I already feel very lucky to have found this board. I hope I can contribute but there already seems to be a ton of great info here. Now on to the meat and potatoes of my situation, any advice or info you guys can give me is very much appreciated. I have only been aware of what's on my credit report and vaguely aware of what it's significance for about a week now, so I am in need of whatever info I can get.

    I am 26 and currently out of work but have money coming in from odd jobs all the time besides what I need to survive (in other words I have money coming in to work with). I also have about 5,000 in cash as far as savings.

    At this point my credit report reads as follows

    about 12,000 of student loan debt (Direct loan) 8,000 or so of which was in default status for a couple of months. I have contacted the collections agency in charge of my loan and agreed to go into the Student Loan default rehabilition program and made my first payment on this since graduation. The other loan is delinquent but I made arrangements to have it deffered until I find employment.

    I have 2 old cellphone accounts that total about a thousand dollars. The accounts are closed with a notation of delinquincy from years ago.

    I had another cellphone or jewelry account for 200 that was delinquent and closed for a couple years. I paid it in full a couple of days ago and asked that they close the account and send me confirmation of it. The woman I spoke to claimed that the credit report would show paid the next time they report it. I'm not sure what kind of notation this will be. Right now it reads "Seriously past due date / assigned to attorney, collection agency, or credit grantor's internal collection department"

    I don't have any liens or judgments. I also don't have any recent inquiries at this time as far as I can tell but then again I think it only gave me the experian credit report.

    My strategy so far is to pay the 1000 dollars of cellphone debt off, but I'm not in a rush because I guess it can't get any worse or gain any more interest. I also plan to make sure they delete my default status on the student loan once I do the 9 payments required to be put back in good standing. Can you guys tell me when it's neccessary to send letters to the credit agency or the creditors? Also, does this seem like a pretty solid plan or is there anything else I can do to ensure my score raises? I've heard about secured credit cards, and using them to rebuild credit. From what I gather from other places I look Orchard seems to be an OK company, what do you guys think. In the meantime I'm going to keep reading through the board and see what else I come up with. Sorry to make this so long and thanks in advance for any comments or advice!

    Thanks for having me!
  2. JoshuaHeckathorn

    JoshuaHeckathorn Administrator

    Welcome to the community, and it's great to hear that you're beginning to take your credit seriously. I wish you the best of luck on your journey to excellent credit. Believe me, when you get there, all the hard work and discipline will be well worth it.

    Before cutting any checks, you might want to educate yourself about SOLs in your state, validate your debts and/or dispute inaccuracies with the CRAs. Also, make an effort to negotiate pay-for-deletes whenever possible. A paid collection, although better than an unpaid collection, is still a negative mark on your credit reports and will significantly affect the strength of your credit score. Basically, don't think that paying something off will just make it go away.

    Also, you may want to explore getting a secured credit card and/or having a relative or friend with good credit add you as an authorized user on one of their accounts. Both methods, if done correctly, will help you build your credit score along the way. Oh, and Orchard Bank does have a fairly good reputation. You can read reviews on some of their cards in our credit card section.
  3. jjgross

    jjgross Well-Known Member

    Cellphone's debt over 2 years old are uncollectable.when you pay it it shows as paid but reset's the clock to 7 years,for reporting.The best way is a pay for delete in writing from them.Without that they will not take it off.

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