Ever wonder what happens to your credit score if multiple lenders all do a credit check? This question comes up a lot so let’s get down to the basics on how mortgage credit inquiries really affect your credit score.
First things first: The effect of a mortgage inquiry on your credit score is small.
Here’s why: Your FICO® Score is typically used (credit scores rank from 300-850) with a mortgage credit inquiry estimated to lower your credit score a mere 3-5 points. This small hit to your credit should fade away in within a year if everything else on your credit report remains in good shape.
Quick tip: Shop for your home loan within a 14-day period.
If you shop for your home loan within this 2-week period, you can have your credit checked by an unlimited number of lenders within this time with potentially only one single credit score penalty. With mortgage applications, you only get one approval for that specific home loan, unlike if you apply for three credit cards, you can get approved and use all three cards. Make sense?
Additional information: Credit inquiries can be confusing, so learn the basics.
A credit inquiry is a formal request to review your credit report through the three credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion). Credit inquiries come in a variety of forms but here are the most common:
Each of these credit inquiry types receive different treatment by the credit bureaus. For example, a credit card application carries more weight than a mortgage loan and can cripple a credit score. This is because credit card debts tend to be higher over time, which weakens your overall credit position. Mortgage debt, by contrast, eventually pays down to $0
ways to boost your credit score
Pay more than the minimum. Paying
the minimum just covers the interest. Paying over the minimum can help
Pay on time.
Late payments can hurt credit scores. For help, sign up for notifications
from creditors, your bank or online services.
Keep balances below 30% of
your limit. If your limit is $3,000, your credit score
can suffer if the balance hits $900. Make sure balances are below 30% of
the limit on all credit cards.
Close unused accounts, but
keep an old one. Even if you’re not using cards,
lenders worry you might. Close unused accounts, but keep an old one, and
pay it promptly. Responsible behavior over time can raise credit scores.
Come back to cash.
Use cash for gas, beverages, even groceries. Watch your credit card
Don’t open new credit
cards and don’t make big purchases. Wait until after
you close on your home.
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In my EOS (Explanation of Services), I state clearly that my mission is to provide “an enjoyable and referable experience.” Part of this includes making my clients aware of pitfalls in the mortgage process; Do’s and Don’ts like, return document requests as soon as possible and don’t quit your job. This education also includes how to protect themselves from mortgage wire fraud.
It is always better to be safe than sorry. This short video provides helpful information on how to avoid becoming a victim of wire fraud when buying or selling a home. Protect yourself!
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