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How long does bankruptcy stay on my credit report?

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The bankruptcy filing may last on your credit report for a few years. If you completed a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the filing may remain on your credit report for seven years. On the other hand, Chapter 7 bankruptcy will stay on your credit report for up to 10 years.

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What happens to my credit score after bankruptcy?

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Bankruptcy is designed to give borrowers a fresh start and provides the opportunity to discharge bills, collection accounts, and judgments. When the debts are discharged and removed from your report, the credit score should increase.

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How do I review my credit report?

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The Fair Credit Reporting Act allows every person to receive one free credit report every 12 months at annualcreditreport.com. . Be careful of using another website, as it most likely will require a fee or come with hidden conditions.

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Is Chapter 7 worse than Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

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Many creditors will view Chapter 7 less favorably than a Chapter 13. It is not uncommon for banks to have longer wait periods to receive a loan after Chapter 7 than Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

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How do I get new credit cards after bankruptcy?

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New credit cards with a balance of only $300 can help improve your credit score after bankruptcy. While some banks may be skeptical about extending credit so soon after bankruptcy, some retailers may be more willing to do so. Retailers (such as gas stations, for example) will often have less restrictions for new applicants… Read More »

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Can I buy a home after bankruptcy?

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Yes, filing bankruptcy does not prevent you from obtaining a new home mortgage. However, the government mortgage programs such as VA, FHA, and Fannie Mae have a 24-month waiting period for eligibility after bankruptcy. Other mortgage programs may have a shorter or longer waiting period, depending on their specific guidelines.

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Will I qualify for a new car loan after bankruptcy?

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Yes, many car loan lenders will have no restrictions or waiting periods after bankruptcy. There are many car loan lenders who will provide financing for a new car the same day your bankruptcy is completed.

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