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The FICO credit-scoring system groups together people with similar histories and rates them.  These groups are called Score Cards.

If you have filed for bankruptcy, your case filing will appear on your credit report. However, you will be grouped on a Score Card with other individuals who have filed for bankruptcy.  As such, your credit history will be compared with others in your Score Card, and could be viewed favorably by lenders.  However, if and when you are placed into a different Score Card with individuals who have not filed bankruptcy, and who have strong credit histories, your credit rating could be viewed unfavorably by lenders.  In other words, your credit score will be lower, and your credit score can drop when you “jump” from one Score Card to the next.

The best way to avoid a significant drop off in a credit score and recover your credit rating when switching score cards is to repay all debts on-time; pay down all outstanding debts; refrain from opening new credit accounts; and keeping low balances when you do incur debt.  Adhering to this formula will invariably raise your credit score, which will allow you to borrow money to purchase a car or a home at a more favorable interest rate.  Rebuilding your credit score after filing for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy is possible, however, it takes discipline and time to achieve a higher credit score rating.