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Will I pay off a charged off account? Will it help?

Submitted by Jammie28 on Fri, 04/24/2020 - 06:18

I want to repay debts since many people are worrying about a financial crunch. I will use some extra money to repay debt. Please tell me should I repay the charged off account too? Will it be of any help?

If your financial situation permits, you can do it. It will help you to take out a loan in the future as it will prove to your future lenders that you tried to repay the unpaid amount. However, keeping the present scenario in mind, please make sure that you'll be able to manage your finances if you are paid off or there's a pay cut. We are going through a difficult situation.
So, consider these factors and make the decision.

Submitted by Good Nelly on Fri, 04/24/2020 - 06:32

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Well, that's really a good decision! But usually, when an account is charged off by the original creditor, it is sold to a debt collection agency. So, of course, you will have to pay off the debt. And most likely, your creditor has already marked delinquent on your credit report. That's why paying off your debt can help you to improve your credit score gradually. If you need help to pay off your debt, don't forget to call 800-DEBT-913!!

Submitted by Craigh.terry on Fri, 04/24/2020 - 06:37


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Paying off charged-off accounts is a good idea. But I want to tell you a few things before you do that. First, check how old is this debt. If the charged-off account is 6 years old, then it's better to not pay off the debt. After all, the debt will drop from your credit report after 1 years. But if the charged-off account is less than 6 years old, then pay it off. Also, check the SOL period in your state and find out it is over or not. If it's not over, then you should pay off the charged-off account.

Submitted by David Martin on Mon, 04/27/2020 - 02:36

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Hi Jammie!

If you try to clear up the due balance of the past, it doesn’t mean that your account is free from being called a charged-off account immediately.
And paying the due amount of the charge-off account does not mean your credit score will improve immediately.
But if you want to pay off the charged-off account then the benefit is your lender can see that your credit report is fully clear without any past due.

Submitted by Ryan Miller on Thu, 04/30/2020 - 07:51

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