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Is it true that after 7 years your credit is clear?


Even though debts still exist after seven years, having them fall off your credit report can be beneficial to your credit score. Note that only negative information disappears from your credit report after seven years. Open positive accounts will stay on your credit report indefinitely.

3 Things You Need To Know About The 7 Year Removal Credit Report Law – FICO,Bankruptcy,Credit Karma

How long do negative items (derogatories) stay on my credit report?

You may have heard that after 7 years, you can get a fresh start by getting your credit reports and paying off any debts. This is an old wives’ tale that has been around for decades.

When it comes to debt, there are two types of time frames: the statute of limitations (SOL) period for prosecuting someone who committed a crime or civil judgment against them; and how long creditors can continue to collect on unpaid debts. The SOL periods vary from state to state, but they typically range between three and 10 years depending on the type of debt allegedly owed. For example in New York State, the SOL for most cases involving personal injury claims is six years from date of accident or incident giving rise to liability. Civil judgments generally must be satisfied within 20 years.

Credit reporting time frames, however, work in a different way. The Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires that negative information about you remain on your credit report for seven years from the date of delinquency (when the debt first became delinquent). This applies to debts such as mortgages and car loans that were never late – or even accounts that were settled or paid in full after becoming delinquent. For example, if you made every monthly payment on your car loan but fell behind during your third year of payments, all three-years of late payments would appear on your credit reports. That’s because the FCRA requires seven years’ worth of bad debt information to be reported; it doesn’t matter whether the debt was paid or settled.

The clock starts ticking on the delinquency date of a delinquent account – not when it’s sold to a collection agency, says Craig Watts, public affairs director for Fair Isaac Corp., which operates the FICO credit score. Some lenders may sell off their accounts once they become seriously delinquent, but according to Watts you can’t assume that the original lender has done so. In other words, if you fell behind 18 months ago on your auto loan and believe this is why you’re being turned down by a new creditor, get ready for bad news: The delinquency will still be reported in your credit report for another 11 years – even though the debt itself might have been paid in full after six months.

Some debts last forever. The FCRA does not require credit bureaus to remove accurate information about civil judgments, including bankruptcies that were discharged more than 10 years ago. It’s important to note that bankruptcy stays on your report for seven years from the date of filing; the time begins on either the first day of the month you filed or during which your case was active (for example, if you dismissed and refiled).

Credit bureaus are also required to keep reports about delinquent student loans on your file until they are paid-in-full, no matter how long it takes. However, sometimes original lenders will sell these accounts before they have actually been charged-off by the original lender because their internal guidelines require them to do so once a certain amount of time has passed. Once sold, the SOL is reset and becomes a collection agency’s problem.

A companion FCRA provision prohibits credit bureaus from reporting debts that have been reported as paid or settled by a collection agency for a period of seven years from date of initial delinquency on the original account. This means if you make a settlement offer to one of your creditors but it’s rejected, the creditor cannot report this account as delinquent – nor can it be resold as an unpaid debt – until after seven years have elapsed. However, the law contains an important caveat: If within those seven years you fail to make another payment on the debt, then all bets are off and that old delinqu will stick around for another seven years from the date of resumption of new delinquency!

Can you still find loans with “no income verification”?

Yes, you can still find loans with no income verification. Lenders are very strict these days about verifying your income to make sure that they are protected in the event of a potential foreclosure or bankruptcy – figuring this extra work is worth the very low interest rates they usually offer on their loans.

If you have bad credit, there are still options for getting a loan with no income verification, but the best thing would be to talk to one of our mortgage specialist at www.connectmortgagecalgary.com or one of our banking specialist at www.connectbankcalgary.com who will guide you through all your options based on your personal situation and needs _ including how it impacts your credit score which is very important when it comes to mortgages or loans _ they will help you find the best option for yourself.

 Will low scores impact my ability to get a mortgage or car loan?

Yes, low scores are more likely to cause lenders to deny an application or issue a higher interest rate. Low scores can have a serious impact on your ability to get credit of any kind, whether you’re renting an apartment, applying for insurance coverage on your car, or trying to finance the purchase of a home. Low ratings will also affect your rates with utility companies and cell phone providers. This can leave you paying more for goods and services than is necessary because lenders base their decisions on assumptions that all credit applicants are “risky” ventures. Unfortunately, low scores are very tough for people with limited incomes since many mainstream financial institutions have policies prohibiting loans without good credit status.

Does my spouse’s debt impact my credit rating?

It’s best to get this figured out before marriage. You can still get a prenuptial agreement — what we call a “prenup” — after your engagement so you and your future spouse can agree on how to keep separate accounts for household expenses and what will happen if the relationship goes bad, but it’s better to do so beforehand than after one or both of you has already brought some debt into the partnership.

Keep in mind that any mortgage taken out, student loan payments made under either of your names, credit cards opened in either of your names or even joint bank accounts (so long as there’s at least some negative balance) will come into play more urgently for both of you when it comes time to make some legal decisions about who gets what once the relationship is over. Don’t let an argument over a credit card payment end up costing you your house or car, because that life changing legal decision will be made from information that’s been obfuscated by your merged accounts and lack of planning to keep separate accounts for household expenses.

How does bankruptcy affect your credit score?

Bankruptcy will stay on your credit report for up to 10 years.
Bankruptcy remains on your credit report for 7-10 years depending where you filed (Joint or Sole) and could be considered by lenders if they deem you worthy of a loan. However, that doesn’t imply lending clarity; bankruptcy does not always affect credit the same way across the board. Instead, it depends largely upon what type of bankruptcy you file, how long ago it was filed and what circumstances surround the bankruptcy filing in question.
Between most types of discharge and reorganization options (Chapter 7 and Chapter 13), bankruptcies come with a minimum seven-year trail on your record — two years following most cases of discharge protection. Some cases can last even longer.

What are the main reasons for bad credit?

Lack of income, lack of financial discipline, poor credit history.
Lenders look at the borrower’s income and any debts when deciding how much they can borrow. This helps ensure that borrowers are able to pay off the debt reliably. Lenders also take into account things like your ability to repay the debt by monitoring your job, activity in your bank account and other steps you might be taking to show good faith in paying back what you owe.
Lenders will typically overlook small mistakes or unpaid bills if something has happened out of your control (expense for auto repair). But repeated instances may lead them to presume that you’re irresponsible with money. They may also ask for more collateral (security) if they find it difficult meeting their repayment schedule.

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