Top Ten Credit Donâ€™ts During The Loan Process
1: Dont do anything that will cause a red flag to be raised by the scoring system. This would include adding new accounts, co-signing on a loan, changing your name or address with the credit reporting agencies.
2: Dont apply for new credit of any kind. Including those you have been pre-approved credit card invitations that you receive in the mail or online. Every time that you have your credit pulled by a potential creditor or lender, you lose points from your credit score immediately. Depending on the elements in your current profile you could lose anywhere from one to 20 points for one hard inquiry.
3: Dont pay off collections or charge offs. Unless you can negotiate a delete letter, paying collections will decrease the credit score immediately due to the date of last activity becoming recent. If you want to pay off old accounts, do it through escrow â€“ at closing.
4: Dont max out or over charge on your credit card accounts. This is the fastest way to bring your scores down. Try to keep your credit card balances below 30% of their available limit at all times during the loan process. If you decide to pay down balances, do it across the board. Meaning, pay balances to bring your balance to the same level on each card.
5: Dont consolidate your debt onto one or two credit cards. It seems like it would be the smart thing to do, however, when you consolidate all of your debt onto one card, it appears that you are maxed out on that card, and the system will penalize you as mentioned above in 4. If you want to save money on credit card interest rates, wait until after closing.
6: Dont close credit card accounts. If you close a credit card account you will lose available credit, and it will appear to the FICO that your debt ratio has gone up. Also, closing a credit card will effect other factors in the score, such s length of credit history. If you have to close a credit crd account, do it after closing.
7: Dont pay late. Stay current on existing accounts. Under the new FICO scoring model, one 30 day late can cost you anywhere from 50-100 points, and points lost for late pays take several months if not years to recover.
8: Dont allow accounts to run past-due even one dy. Most cards offer a grace period, however, what they dont tell you is that once the due date is passed, that account will show a past due amount on your credit report. Past due balances can also drop scores by 50+ points.
9: Dont dispute anything on your credit report. When you send a letter of dispute to the credit reporting agencies, a note is past onto your credit report, and when the underwriter notices items in dispute, in many instances, they will not process the loan until the note is removed and new credit scores are pulled. WHy? Because in some instances, credit scoring software will not consider items in dispute in the credit score â€“ giving false date to the lender.
10: Dont lose contact with your mortgage and real estate professionals. Donâ€™t do anything without the ok of both professionals in the transaction, until you have your keys.
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