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Credit Score Simulator

A Credit Score Simulator can help with “What If” scenarios to determine what you could potentially do to raise your credit score. It can also show you what could negatively impact your credit score. It is important to see how your credit choices might affect your credit score because your credit score will impact the underwriting of your loan, your interest rate quote, and even the cost of your mortgage insurance.

Some of the various things a Credit Score Simulator can measure to see how they will impact your credit score are: Read More

Three Credit Reports to Get a Mortgage?

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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 More

What Is A Credit Inquiry?

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 More

Late Payments On Your Mortgage

Some people do not realize how late payments work on their mortgage. Your mortgage is legally due on the 1st of each month except on a home equity line, which may be due at almost any time of the month. I am focused in this blog post more on regular mortgages. It is customary for banks to offer a 15 day grace period Read More

The Grinch That Stole My Mortgage.

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 More