According to the creator of the most widely used credit score, the FICO score, paying accounts in collections won’t help.
Here’s what myFICO.com says: Paying the debt won’t necessarily help your credit scores.
Accounts that get to the collection stage are about as negative as it gets.
How many points will my credit score increase if a collection is deleted?
Also, it can drop more than 100 points off of your score, and can stay on your report for 7 years. The current FICO algorithm does not differentiate between medical collections and any other type of collections – they all impact scores equally.
How long does it take for credit to go up after paying off collections?
Collections accounts, even after they’re paid off, remain on your credit report for seven years, starting from the day your account first went delinquent. Although it’s beneficial to show that you paid off the account, the negative aspect of this won’t just drop off your credit report when you do repay the debt.
Should I pay off old collections on my credit report?
As debts age, they impact your credit score less. Paying an old debt may not improve your credit score, especially if it’s several years old. The good news is: FICO says that paying an old debt won’t hurt your credit score, so that’s one less worry about paying old debts.
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