Let’s say you are what most people would consider a good person. You help out in the community, volunteer to help others and even show up on the front row for church every Sunday. You recently applied for a home loan and to your surprise were denied. How could this be? You’re a good guy or gal, and deserve this loan, right? Could you be on the credit bureaus blacklist?
Since there is no such thing as a “blacklist” within the credit scoring system the answer is no. You are not on a blacklist. Your credit score and credit history are based on nothing more than factual data that lenders have provided about your pay habits.
Your credit report and credit scores have absolutely nothing to do with your age, marital status, race, sex, nationality or religious beliefs. Your occupation and length of time on the job also have nothing to do with how your credit score is calculated. Only information present on your actual credit report make up your credit score.
Pretend for a moment that you are an underwriter working through a mortgage loan application. What would be of the most importance to you? Ironically, underwriters look at the same thing that the credit bureaus do in figuring your credit score.
- Payment history is a biggie. This tells the tale of whether or not you can handle what you currently have on your plate. If you are consistently 30 days late on your car payment, why would you think you are worthy of a home loan?
- Credit history is also important. The age of your accounts reveals your experience with credit. Multiple accounts like credit cards, student loans, car payments with several years of history, especially with perfect payment status will surely pass the test for an approval.
- Your debt load makes a difference in how you handle available credit. If all or even a few of your credit cards are maxed out a red flag pops up. People in control of their finances typically use credit cards sparingly or always pay them off in full each month.
- Recent inquiries can wreak havoc if you’ve had too many. Multiple credit card applications make it look like you are in desperate need of more credit, or just credit in general. Its ok to have a few inquires with multiple mortgage companies within a 14 day window. The bureaus only look at these as one inquiry since most people will shop around for the best home loan.
It always makes sense to obtain a copy of your credit report either before you make a mortgage application or if you are declined credit as a result of a low credit score. There are several arguments for this statement. One is identifying potential errors and fixing them before your lender pulls their copy. Another is having the upper hand when applying for a mortgage. If you have a great credit score use it as leverage and tell the lender up front. Request terms based on it and make that lender wait to pull your actual credit report until you have received multiple offers.
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