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8 steps to rid credit report of old debt

No separate clock for sold-off debt
No separate clock for sold-off debt

One point that confuses even the experts: No matter how many times a debt is sold (and resold), the date that counts for the seven-year credit report clock is the date of delinquency with the original creditor, says Sweet.

Think of it as your debt's birth date.

If a collection agency bought your 10-year-old retail card debt and has started putting it on your credit report with a different date, that's a no-no.

"It used to be a really big problem for us," says Sweet. "Now it's the exception rather than the rule."

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