One of the worst things you can have on your credit report is a charge-off. What is a charge-off, you might ask? A charge-off happens when an account has been behind on their credit card, mortgage, or other debt payments – usually after 180 days of not paying the required minimum payment. The creditor designating your debt as charged-off doesn’t mean you will not be required to pay the debt. Quite the contrary as the charge-off will stay on our credit report for seven years from the date it was reported as a charge-off. This would no doubt cause substantial harm to your credit score, affect future credit and loan applications — no one wants that. In this article, we will discuss charge-offs in detail as well as the steps to take to get them off your credit report.
Your credit report sums up your creditworthiness, and is relied upon by lenders when you apply for new loans. If your credit report shows you pay late, have been foreclosed on, or had a car repossessed you are less likely to get a loan with a lower rate. But bad