- New late payments can drop scores over 100 points.
- Short sales can also drop a credit score over 100 points.
- Even a collection account with a small balance can cause a credit score to drop.
- Joint account holders share ownership of the account and both are liable for repaying debt. If there is any delinquency, this would report on both credit holder’s accounts.
- Credit history looks better if you have long-standing, established accounts. The older the age of the account, the better it is for your score.
How long information remains on your credit report:
- Bankruptcy- 10 years
- Late payments, foreclosures, collections, and public records- 7 years
- Good closed credit – can be removed after 2 years
How different types of credit are defined:
- Revolving Credit is any credit that consumers can charge up to the limit and pay the minimum payment; such as credit cards and home equity lines of credit.
- Installment credit is any loan, excluding mortgages, that has the same monthly payment amount throughout the life of the loan; such as a car or student loan.
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