How Being an Authorized User on a Credit Card can Help or Hurt You

October 1st, 2018
How being an authorized user can help or hurt you

For most people, your ability to get approved for a mortgage, and the terms you’re offered, depends on your credit report and your history of managing debt responsibly.

Under some circumstances, your credit score can be affected by loans you’re not even responsible for paying.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Three Credit Reports to Get a Mortgage?

November 27th, 2013


A lender pulls three credit reports to issue a mortgage? Yes, potentially. One when you get pre-qualified, another at loan application, if loan application and settlement happens 120 days or more after pre-qualification, then the third check is just before settlement! Yes, now Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, and all the rule makers require lenders to check for credit activity just a day or two prior to settlement. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Is A Credit Inquiry?

March 3rd, 2011

hard-vs-soft-credit-inquiries-blogWhen you apply for credit from a mortgage company, credit card providers or an auto finance company, you authorize them to “inquire” to a credit bureau to get a copy of your credit report. You would later notice that their credit inquiries show as an “inquiry” on your credit report.

Fair Isaac Corporation developed the technologies behind credit scores, which is why lenders may refer to your credit score as your “FICO score.” Fair Isaac Corporation says that for inquiries for a new mortgage made in a short period Read the rest of this entry »

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The Grinch That Stole My Mortgage.

September 20th, 2010

The Grinch, which in this story is Fannie Mae, just stole Christmas. I must admit, that is dramatic, and not literally true. But they did potentially just steal your mortgage.

Fannie Mae’s current rules allow an underwriter to exclude revolving debt (i.e. credit card debt) from the debt-to-income (DTI) ratio if there are ten or fewer payments remaining. Fannie Mae will now require all revolving debts to be included in the DTI ratio regardless of Read the rest of this entry »

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You Have To Have Your Credit Pulled Twice To Get A Mortgage?

June 4th, 2010

Fannie Mae has some new guidelines going into effect as of June 1st 2010 in regards to credit reports. Fannie Mae wants to make sure that borrowers’ overall credit situations have not changed between the time of application and settlement, and to make sure that there are no new undisclosed debts. So, be aware that lenders are going to start Read the rest of this entry »

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