A negative or positive credit score is largely depended on a person's credit settlement history. An accumulation of overdue and defaulted payments will result in a very negative credit score and have a dismal effect on your credit worthiness. Aim to control your credit status by having your payments on current' or pending' terms. Here's some tips that will help you to tackle long over due payments in an efficient and effective manner.
Make some initial payments to bring your loan from being past due to current status.
Pay the relevant amounts to renounce the charge offs on your past due accounts.
Interact with your debt collectors to arrive at settlements with regard to your collection accounts.
If your credit report reflects debt collection, a credit repair process will have to be implemented immediately with a prime concern on eliminating the debt collection entry from the report as this will make it impossible for you to obtain any further loans to facilitate credit repair and will have a negative effect on your credit score. Negotiate with the debt collectors to arrive at a feasible solution that will reflect positively in your credit report.
Ideally you can make a settlement payment negotiated with the debt collector in respect of the overdue amount and request the lender to cancel the debt collection entry from your credit report.
In most cases the debt collector will refuse to delete the information from your credit report until payment is made in full to eliminate the entire arrears, if negotiations are not successful on a settlement amount, make arrangements to pay the total outstanding in exchange for the information being taken off your credit report. Once your credit score is back to being positive you can explore building credit in order to meet the amount you spent to settle the over sue loan.
Sometimes lenders will not be willing to take off the entry even on complete settlement if their policies state so. Under the circumstances you should negotiate with your lender to update your credit report as paid in full. Then even if the entry still remains in your credit report it will not reflect in your credit score.
If you are unable to meet the above conditions due to cash flow restrictions, try to repair credit by making a partial payment on the outstanding loans and ask the collector to update your records as paid or settled. However, such a payment will not significantly enhance your credit score.
Make sure that all transactions and final outcomes of your negotiations in relation to credit repair are in a legal binding written form. In case of a dispute it will help you to seek the advice and guidance of the credit bureau and the documentation will be your proof of testimonial. When you build credit you should remember that in addition to your legal obligations you are morally responsible to settle off your debts. Outstanding payments will reflect in a negative credit score and potential lenders will question your credit worthiness if you continue to default on your credit cards and other loans.