What is the Process of Handling Missed Payments?

How to Handle Missed Payments | Langley Mortgage Broker

If you have missed a payment on your credit card or other loan, it's important to understand how to handle the situation and minimize the impact on your creditworthiness. In this article, we'll discuss what you should do if you miss a payment, how it affects your credit report, and what steps you can take to get back on track.

Firstly, it's crucial to note that missing a single payment by a few days shouldn't have a significant impact on your credit report. Credit reporting agencies typically only record payments that are 30, 60, or 90 days late. So, if you miss a minimum payment due date but pay it as soon as you realize your error, as long as you haven't been over 30 days late, it shouldn't show up as a blemish on your credit report.

However, if you're having cash flow issues and have been 30, 60, or 90 days late on payments, and haven't made the minimum payment, your creditworthiness has probably taken a hit. The best thing you can do is make all the minimum payments on your accounts as soon as possible. Getting up to date as quickly as possible will mitigate the damage to your credit score.

If you cannot make your payments, the best course of action is to contact your lender regularly until you can. Communication is key. If they haven't heard from you after repeated missed payments, they might write off your balance as "bad debt" and assign it to a collection agency. Collections and bad debts look bad on your credit report.

Repeated missed payments will negatively impact your ability to get a mortgage. Still, once you're back to making regular payments, the more time that goes by, the better your credit will get. It's all about timing. Always try to be as current as possible with your payments.

If you plan to buy a property in the next couple of years, it's never too early to work through your financing, especially if you've missed a payment or two in the last couple of years and you're unsure of where you stand with your credit.

If you've missed a payment, it's essential to be proactive and take steps to get back on track as soon as possible. Keep in contact with your lender and make all the minimum payments on your accounts. By doing so, you'll be able to minimize the damage to your credit score and get yourself back on the path to homeownership.


Laura Mackie | Key Momentum Mortgages Ltd. Langley Mortgage Broker
Laura Mackie | Key Momentum Mortgages Ltd. Langley Mortgage Broker

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