I’ve been rebuilding my credit for the last few years, and over the last 6 or so months, really buckling down on utilization and CLI’s. I’ve gone from 68% utilization to ~10% but there is still one looming error that haunts me; a Chase Freedom closed, but not in collections accoring to my report.
My current accounts are as follows (from oldest to newest):
** Chase Freedom – 1600/1200
Last Reported – Jan 16, 2017
Opened Date – Jul 29, 2010
Closed Date – Mar 19, 2013
Date of Last Payment – Mar 04, 2014
Payment Status – Collection/Charge-Off
Amount Past Due – $ 1,623
Charged off as bad debt – Canceled by credit grantor
My other cards are all in good standing, and as follows:
RC Willey – 0/1200
Syncrony – 0/700
Quicksilver – 0/5800 (just upgraded from QS-ONE this week)
Syncrony – 1100/3500 (0%)
Visa w/CU – 500/5000 (will be paid off on Tuesday)
Discover – 900/2300 (will be paid off on Tuesday)
Amex BCE – 0/1000
Amex BCE – 0/8500 (auth user)
**As I understand it, if this Chase is not paid by the time the Statute of Limitations kick in and it becomes uncollectable, my relatinship with Chase will have been ruined (if it’s not already) and I will be denied an account with them in the future. Now, part of me is fine with that, because I’ve never had a worse banking experience, but it seems they hold a lot in the credit world. So my question is at this point, would you ride it out, or accept and pay the debt – by putting the charge on another card (both AMEX and DISC are 0% for 7 more months) – and paying it off? It’s due to fall of March 2019 according to a TransUnion rep.
My biggest goals are buying a house and new car in the next 2 years. My current FICO score for this month is TU is 681 and EXP 661 (according to Discover and Amex respectively). 750 is the goal.
What say ye?
Thanks for any advice!