MORTGAGE MYTH ALERT: Having A Mortgage Company Pull Your Credit Report Does NOT Hurt Your Credit Score!

September 6th, 2018

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If I had one dollar for every person that said, “Please tell me what I can qualify for but do not pull my credit because I know it hurts my credit score,” I would have enough money to make a large down payment on almost any house I wanted.

Myth

You shouldn’t apply to multiple lenders because all those inquiries will tank your score.

Wrong!

Truths

When you apply for credit, such as to get mortgage loan offers, a hard inquiry is recorded on your credit file.

Hard inquiries have the potential to lower your score.

Mortgage inquiries – even multiple inquiries – will not kill your credit score.

The credit scoring agencies give a special allowance to home shoppers.

The reason is simple. They don’t penalize smart consumers for shopping for the best loan. And you can’t compare accurate loan terms until you get firm offers based on loan applications.

Credit scores are based on complex algorithms. And here’s what’s interesting. The scoring agencies can distinguish between the activities of someone who is applying for multiple new credit cards and the activities of someone who is shopping around for the best home loan. All inquiries are coded to the type of credit you’re applying for.

Mortgage Shopping and FICO

When you apply with a mortgage lender, those inquiries are completely ignored by FICO for thirty days. Then, all inquiries coded from mortgage lenders and made within a 45-day window are counted as one inquiry against your credit score.

Mortgages and Your Credit Score: The Facts!

You can apply with one lender or one hundred lenders. NONE of the inquiries will show up in your FICO score within the first thirty days.

After thirty days, ALL of the mortgage inquiries made during the rolling rate-shopping window allowed by the credit score model will show up as a SINGLE inquiry. That single inquiry could cause your score to drop by a few points, but probably won’t affect your ability to get credit.

Inquiries remain on your credit report for two years, but stop counting against your score after one year.

Checking your credit for free from sites like Credit Sesame or Credit Karma use an educational credit score and it may be different from the score a mortgage lender sees. But it’ll give you a general idea of where you stand. Then you can prequalify for a mortgage, which doesn’t affect your score at all.

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Brian Martucci is a loan officer for Capital Bank Home Loans, a division of Capital Bank, N.A. He has been in the mortgage industry since 1986 and has served in a number of roles, including loan processor, loan officer, mortgage broker, branch manager, and vice president. Brian Martucci – NMLS# 185421. His opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions and beliefs of Capital Bank Home Loans or Capital Bank. Capital Bank, N.A.- NMLS# 401599. Click here for the Capital Bank, N.A. “Privacy Policy”.

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