Monthly Archives: February 2015

What happens to your credit score when you pay off a collection account

How long does it take before a collection record will be removed from your credit report after it is paid off?
This is such a common question and a common credit myth! The truth is that paying off a collection record does nothing to remove the record from your credit report. Collection records will remain on your credit report for 7 years from the last 180 day late payment that led to the account being sold to collections. This expiration date doesn’t change if the account is paid off or sold to another collector. Paying off a collection debt can have a tiny positive impact but the major improvement will only come when the record expires and it removed from your credit report.

How did this myth get started? There are two likely sources: the collection agencies and consumers. First off, this myth is likely propagated by collection agencies themselves. Debt collectors are known for saying anything (true or not) if it will get a consumer to pay off an old debt. The fact that collection records remain on your credit report even after they are paid off makes borrowers less likely to pay up and is commonly either not mentioned or erroneously disputed by collection agents.

This myth is probably also spread by consumers. It is logical to assume that paying off an old negative record would cause it to be removed from your credit report. Logical, but still not true. Because credit reports are a complete record of your finances over the last 7-10 years, there is nothing you can do to remove accurate information before the set expiration date. This is true for bankruptcy record, liens, late payments and positive records too.

Stuck In Debt Is Similar To Living Life Swimming Upstream

It’s official, our friendly groundhog saw his shadow on Monday and predicted that we are in for six more weeks of winter. Ever since Bill Murray had the worst day of his life over and over in the 1993 movie Groundhog Day, this holiday has also been synonymous with examining the bad habits and mistakes that we can’t seem to shake. You make your New Year’s resolutions January 1 and evaluate why you may not be meeting these goals on February 2.

One of the most common resolutions is to reduce credit card debt. I would also guess that this is one of the most common financial mistakes that people tend to make over and over again. Breaking the credit card debt cycle is difficult to do. Probably the number one most important step you can take is to stop using your credit cards while you are focused on paying them off. Either lock your cards in a drawer at home or freeze them in a block of ice, but do something to keep yourself from adding new charges to your accounts.

ground_hog Source, WashingtonPost.

Your next step should be to create a plan to pay as much as possible to your creditors each month. Many experts recommend that you pay all your minimum payments and then put the remaining amount toward the credit card debt with the highest balance and the highest APR. When that account is paid off, you move on to the next highest balance/APR card. In most cases, this is the fastest way to reduce your debts.

Celebrate Groundhog Day this week!
We at are working hard to find a way to help you break the cycle and gain control over your finances in 2015! Our team welcomes feedback and looks forward to ideas on articles for saving money and reducing debts this year. Take a few minutes to examine your financial mistakes and create a plan to stop repeating them!