Many hapless borrowers are talked into ill-fated debt management repayment plans including Chapter 13 bankruptcy. They are told that bankruptcy (Chapter 7 liquidation) will ruin their credit. It stays in the credit file for 10 years. In response, these troubled debtors quake with the fear of stigma and the thought of becoming a credit leper.
While it is true that both Chapter 13 (debt repayment) and Chapter 7 (liquidation) show up in your credit report for 10 years, it does not follow that Chapter 7 bankruptcy ruins your credit for 10 years, or even 2 years.
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There are many misconceptions about credit scores out there. There are customers who believe that they don’t have a credit score and many customers who think that their credit scores just don’t really matter. These sorts of misconceptions can hurt your chances at some jobs, at good interest rates, and even your chances of getting some apartments.