Time since delinquency is too recent or unknown
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What it means: Recent late payments will have a greater impact on your score than older late payments. Typically, those within the most recent year or two can hurt your scores the most. If an account was delinquent a while ago, but the credit report doesn’t indicate the date, this factor can pop up as well.
What you can do about it: The good news is that as time passes, these delinquencies will carry less weight, especially when you are paying current bills on time. But the date is important here. If an inaccurate date (or no date) is reported for a charge-off or collection account, for example, make sure you dispute that with the credit reporting agency.
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