The Most Irritating Part About Building a 720 Credit Score, by 720 Credit Score

Perhaps the most difficult part of trying to build your credit score to 720 is tackling collection accounts.
But tax season offers a great opportunity for you to eliminate your collection accounts, once and for all.
First, though, a little background on collection accounts …
When you pay off your collection account, your credit score could be damaged.
You see, the payment renews the seven-year timeframe that the collection account will stay on your credit report, and it causes your score to drop.
Isn’t that crazy? If you do not pay the debt at all, the item will fall off your credit report sooner than if you make a payment!
Of course, paying off your debt is the moral thing to do. You could also be sued if you do not pay the debt.
So what’s the solution?
If you want to build a 720 credit score, your goal is to negotiate with the creditor/collection agency so that you can pay the collection account but not have it impact your credit score.
You can accomplish this through something called a letter of deletion.
As I mention in my program, this is not something that works every time, however, you have to ask!
And this is where tax season offers a great opportunity to remove the collections accounts from your credit report. Let me show you how…
Let’s say you are expecting a tax refund, and you have a $1,500 outstanding collection account.
You can call the collection company/creditor and say something like this:
“I have a tax refund coming my way, and I’m trying to figure out how to spend it. I’d like to use it to pay off some of my outstanding debt, but I want to be wise about it. My account with you is outstanding in the amount of $1,500. If I pay, would you consider the account settled in full, and would you give me a letter of deletion in exchange for sending 100 percent of my tax refund to you?”
Given the terrible economy, the creditor/collection account will be thrilled to get a payment, but the creditor or collection agency might not be so thrilled to give you a letter of deletion.
The key here is to keep asking… ask, and ask again.
Be polite—after all, paying the debt is your responsibility.
If one collection company says “no,” if you have another collection, call the other one up and offer the same to them.
Let the collection company know that you will send the money to a different creditor if it does not agree to your terms.
This is a golden strategy for paying off collections and helping to build a 720 credit score. When it works (and it will!), be sure to leave a comment on my blog!
Make it a great day.
Philip Tirone
P.S. Because collection accounts are complicated, I suggest that you review our credit lessons on dealing with collection offices before you do anything.