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Why Is It Important To Pay Your Bills On Time, Every Time?

A late payment is simply a payment that you have not made to the lender before the due date. This happens to the best of us as we can make mistakes due to oversight or shortage of cash. Unfortunately, these mistakes will negatively affect your credit score and cause it to drop dramatically as your payment history is the key component used to calculate your credit score.

In this article, we will discuss how late payments affect your credit score, the other potential penalties, and tips on how to keep your future credit in tip-top shape.

THE EFFECTS OF LATE PAYMENTS ON YOUR CREDIT SCORE

You know that late payments can negatively affect your credit scores. However, you may not be aware of how much your credit scores can fall or how long it will take you to repair the damage. You should because credit scores can boost or drain one’s finances.

According to Experian, a single 30-day-late payment will lead to the ding of 90-110 points if you have a good credit score of above 780 and a drop of 60-80 points if you have a score of say 680. However, the number of points that your credit score can drop when a late payment is added to your score depends on many factors. The FICO scoring models will consider all the points given below to determine the impact a late payment will have on your credit score.

  • It depends on how long you wait before paying the bill. Your payment will be reported after 30 days past the due date and again after 60 days, then 90 days and then again after 150 days. The longer your bill goes unpaid the greater will be the impact on your credit score. And after that, your account will be written off as a loss of charge and that will be very bad news for your credit scores.
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  • Late payments that have occurred in the past year do more damage than from several years ago. So, your recent credit history severely harms your credit score but this negative impact lessens over time.
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  • The number of points your credit score can take a ding also depends on the number of late payments on your credit report. If you have many late payments already then you are on the low end so the addition of one more late payment may not cause a lot of damage to your credit score as most of the damage has already been done.
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  • The amount of your late payment can also play a role as a small amount of say $200 and $300 will not harm your credit score as say a $300 and $3000 late payment. So the more you owe the more your score drops.

OTHER POTENTIAL PENALTIES OF LATE PAYMENT

  • You will usually be charged a late fee by the lender and if you continue to miss the due date you can be charged additional late fees too.
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  • The interest rates of your future loans will increase.
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  • Your interest rate can be reset to a penalty annual percentage rates (APRS) or default, depending on the creditor’s policy. Credit cards penalty APR can go up to 29.99%
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  • You can also forfeit your 0% promotional rate on a balance transfer card if you have one and it can be reset to the default interest rates. So, you will pay much more interest on your outstanding balance if this is done.
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  • It will remain in your credit report for seven years so you may not qualify for a mortgage (at the best interest rates), get a personal or auto loan, or even receive the best credit cards or rewards programs.

HOW TO MASTER YOUR LATE PAYMENTS

You may be just forgetting to pay your bills or struggling to pay your bills, or just forgot to pay one small bill. Either way, there are ways to master your late payments.

  • You should select a payment due date that coincides with your paydays or a time when you pay all your bills together. Many credit card issuers do allow you to select a due date.
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  • Set up bill payment email reminders or text alerts that will remind you about the bills that are due in a few days. If you require more than one alert you can set up multiple electronic prompts.
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  • Consider setting up automatic payments, especially if you have made late payments in the past due to forgetfulness or being too busy. However, you should ensure that you have sufficient funds in your account so that you do not get to pay overdraft fees. Once you start paying your bills on time your credit scores will begin to improve over time.
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  • Even if money is tight you can review your budget. You may be able to find ways to cut back on spending and make it easier to pay your bills on time
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  • Prioritize which payments you need to pay if you do not have sufficient money to pay all bills. The essential bills like mortgage, rent, and utilities should be paid first. Then pay the bills that have a hefty late fee. Finally you can pay the bills that are about to go into collections.
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  • Finally, a smart move would be to set up an emergency fund that will help you when you have unexpected expenses.
 

 If you need help to improve your credit scores do contact our financial experts at Zinucreditrepair.com.

Rapid Rescoring Can Help Raise Your Credit Scores Quickly

When you apply for a loan, a credit card or any other form of
credit, every point in your credit score counts. So, you may
want to consider boosting your credit score before applying
for any type of credit as even a few points added can make a
large difference. With a higher credit score, you can save on
fees, annual percentage rates, higher bonuses, and perks.
There are many things that you can do to improve your credit
score over time, but credit bureaus often do not make the
relevant adjustments for several months. So if you do not have
the time to wait for creditors and credit reporting agencies to
update your scores, especially if your credit score is just
below the range to qualify for a large loan like a mortgage you
can consider rapid rescoring.
What is Rapid Rescoring?
Rapid rescoring is a service offered by some lenders,
including banks and credit unions to make updates to your
credit reports. The goal is to improve and update the
information in your credit reports considerably quicker than if
you were to work directly with the credit bureaus. Normally it
takes 30-60 days but with rapid rescoring, you can update
your credit within 3-5 days. By reflecting the most recent
positive information your credit score will increase to meet
the time-sensitive aspects of a low-cost loan.

How it can help you?
A rapid rescore is best used when your credit score is within a
few points of qualifying for a large loan, credit card or any
form of credit. It will ensure that your entire credit profile is
completely updated and ready for any loan application
process. Your updated credit score will also result in a
significant difference in the interest rate available to you.
The rapid rescoring process is fairly predictable as lenders
generally use simulator beforehand to see how the update
would affect your credit score. According to Adam Carroll,
Chief Education Officer at National Financial Educators, “A
0.5%-1% difference in interest rate may not seem much when
you are not looking at long term costs. But, every single
percentage that you can decrease means massive amounts in
savings later on.”
For example, say your current credit score will get you a
4.75% interest rate on a typical 30-year fixed-rate loan of
$250,000 and after rapid rescoring, your new credit score
qualifies you a 4.25% rate. Then this can help you save you
$74 a month or $26,737 over the life of your loan. You can
use online calculators to calculate the exact difference in your
case.
When it may not work
A rapid rescore does not raise your credit score alone but
rather updates your current credit profile. So, it will not work
if have recently missed a credit card payment, closed out a

line of credit, had a raise in hard inquiries, or any other form
of negative entry.
Rapid rescoring will also not work if the reporting creditor
does not acknowledge the item in question is a mistake. For
example, if you dispute a late payment and the creditor has no
record of timely payment or you cannot prove it then the
lender will not even attempt a rapid rescore.
It isn’t Magic
To succeed with rapid rescoring you need to participate in the
process. For example, if you are late on payments you will
have to pay up and get it to your lender before you order an
updated credit score. Likewise, you would also collect the
documentation to prove that the accounts were paid up. This
takes time and effort and you cannot depend on your lender to
do all the work.
Are there fees involved?
Rapid rescoring is a service provided by your lender or
mortgage broker and typically you do not have to pay a
separate fee for the service under the federal law (FCRA).
But nothing comes for free, so sometimes there may be a
small fee involved in using the service or even if they do not
charge you will be paying for your lender’s capabilities in the
interest rate and closing costs that you pay. However, in the
long run, this service can save you much more money than
what you pay.
Plan Ahead

Would it not be better to have one less thing to worry about
when you are in the middle of a stressful and complicated
transaction? Rapid rescoring does help fix inaccuracies
quickly. But ideally, if you check your credit reports
regularly, fix errors and keep your credit card balances low
you will have nothing to fix the next time you apply for a live