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Collections Lowering Your Credit Score - Now You're Ready to Pay Off

I get calls all the time from buyers wanting to buy houses, but their credit just isn't up to par. They have low scores, and when I am able to dig far enough into their situation, it's basically that they have things in collections that they just never paid. They ran up a credit card or two or five, and decided they rather have the stuff for free rather than pay the bills.

credit card debt buying a house real estateNow, they want to buy a house, and these collections are preventing them because they have lowered their score so much, plus the lender gets to see all the unpaid balances which show them the borrower isn't responsible and probably a foreclosure risk.

But then I hear, "I'm more than happy to pay them off if that helps..." Really? You're more than happy to pay them? If you're happy to pay them, why didn't you pay them back when they were due? Why didn't you pay them prior to wanting to buy a house so they had time to roll off your credit and bring your scores up? If you're happy to pay them, why did you allow it to happen in the first place?

No offense, but you can look like a baffoon when you make decisions like that! Lenders don't want to see your mistakes. Lenders want to know they're lending money to responsible people so they know they're going to get their money back each and every month. Think before you don't make your credit card payments. Think about how it will effect your furture. Your future can be controlled by your past if you don't get things straightened out.

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Comment balloon 3 commentsDonna Harris • March 18 2013 05:04PM


Collections are a serious problem in the credit score for purchasing a home.

Posted by Elite Home Sales Team, A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team (Elite Home Sales Team OC) almost 7 years ago

Yes, they truly are, and too many people don't pay attention to their own situations.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 7 years ago

LMAO now that's a post with attitude!!!! LOVE IT!

Yep hear it almost everyday and totally agree. There are times and principles that I do understand. As a matter of fact just got one approved today with over 10k in collections, all medical all BS and everything else perfect! Sometimes you have to know what you are doing and make the case and if it makes sense make the loan. Typically though this is not the case its just as you said, reeediculous!

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) almost 7 years ago