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Dh, Home Buyer in Kenilworth, IL

how to obtain credit report without showing another inquiry, thereby negatively affecting my score?

Asked by Dh, Kenilworth, IL Sat Jul 28, 2012

Too many inquiries has been a problem.

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David Dorfman’s answer - it's the big 3 credit unions complying with fed/state law allowing you access to your credit files. - for free once per year.

Just avoid the pop ups to get your actual score - for a fee. This they do not provide unless you pay. But you do get your credit report. When you do review and dispute anything that looks questionable.

You have to do this 3 times . Takes a few minutes, but worth it. Each credit report may be a bit different.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 28, 2012
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Flag Mon Jul 30, 2012
Good morning Dh,

David is correct, you are entitled to one free credit report annually from each of the three credit bureaus. The purpose is to provide consumers the opportunity to correct errors in their credit reports.

Be careful of two things:
1. David provided the correct website: Be careful not to be directed by search engines or your browser to imitation websites that will attempt to collect a fee from you.
2. As David correctly points out: avoid the credit scores once you are on the site. These scores are available for a fee and are NOT the same as FICO scores used by financial professionals. I have seen these scores vary by as much as 100 points.

If you are inquiring about your credit to determine if you are qualified for a mortgage, then I'd recommend contacting a Local Mortgage Banker to get prequalified. While there is an impact on your credit score from the Mortgage Banker's inquiry, according to the effect is minimal (assuming you have decent credit history).

Trevor Curran
NMLS #40140
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 28, 2012
When it comes to buying real estate, the credit bureau's will be able to tell what you are doing and the credit pulls shouldn't affect you as much as you think. this is only in reference to banks checking your credit for pre approval or loan purposes. if you personally haven't pulled a report within the past year you can go to or

Christopher Pagli
Licensed Associate Broker
Accredited Buyer Representative
William Raveis Legends Realty Group
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 24, 2012
If the inquiries in your credit comes from stores or credit cards it will take a hit, but if you trying to see if any errors in your credit report and you are going into those websites that you can get your free report once a year, it should not reflect in your credit score.

Best of Luck,

Maria Cipollone
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 24, 2012
If you are getting the reports for housing, I believe it takes a smaller hit than if you are doing it for credit cards etc. This is because housing is a necessity.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 7, 2012 is the govt approved site where you can obtain 1 report from each of the 3 credit bureaus once/yr. The report is free but you have to pay to obtain your scores.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 30, 2012
I dont think its possible to get one without showing proof you got it. I would have your report pulled by a lender. All the online stuff typically is not right.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 28, 2012
Not sure how you can do that although you are entitled to one free report each year which will not affect your score.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 28, 2012
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