Can you get a Mortgage with Frozen Credit?

In light of Equifax’s recent massive credit breach, many people are going through the process of “freezing” their credit with each of the credit bureaus. This prevents someone from obtaining a new credit account in your name (it does not prevent them from using existing credit). I actually decided to freeze my credit a while back when it appeared that someone was trying to commit fraud with our address. It’s not that difficult to do and it’s pretty easy to forget about…until you decide to apply for new credit, such as getting a mortgage. [Read more…]

Were you potentially hacked from the massive Equifax breach?

Equifax announced yesterday that they’ve were hacked on a scale unlike any we’ve seen potentially impacting half of our population.

From Equifax: “…a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files. Based on the company’s investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017.” [Read more…]

Fannie Mae updates underwriting guidelines at the end of this month

Effective July 29, 2017, Fannie Mae will release DU Version 10.1, packed full to changes to their underwriting guidelines. These changes apply to Fannie Mae conforming mortgages (Freddie Mac has different guidelines). Here are some of updates effective at the end of this month:

50% Debt-to-Income Ratios. [Read more…]

Improvements to Credit Scoring

Earlier this year, the three major credit bureaus (aka “credit reporting agencies” or “CRAs”), Experian, Equifax and Transunion, came to a settlement with the New York Attorney General impacting credit reporting. It is anticipated that the settlement will help some consumers improve their scores by 10-40 points. [Read more…]

Not so good karma for your credit?

I just received an email from a popular credit reporting service suggesting that I open new accounts.

Carma

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What’s trending? How about your credit report.

2014-06-20_0758Fannie Mae is introducing a new format for credit reports called “trending credit data”.  Typically a credit report shows more of a snapshot of what someone’s credit looks like today with late payments as a summary, more or less. Fannie Mae’s “trending” report will actually show a detailed 24 month history of each payment and the balance of that account for every month for the last 24 months. [Read more…]

How many times will your credit be pulled during a mortgage transaction?

creditThe main reason why I write at Mortgage Porter, is to try to answer questions about the mortgage process. A lot of my “content” comes from questions that my clients (people I’m helping to get preapproved to buy a home or refinance a home).

Recently, one of my clients asked me:

“How many times will my credit needs to be pulled during the whole process from preapproval to closing?” [Read more…]

The difference between your internet credit score and what a mortgage company will use

credit scoreI am taking advantage of the current low mortgage rates and refinancing! I fired up Credit Karma and was surprised to see that my score had dipped. My bank also provides my credit score, which was in line with what Credit Karma was providing – just one point under 720. UGH!!! Apparently, I had used one of my credit cards a little more than I should have over the holidays for some home improvements. One digit in your credit score can make a significant difference in your mortgage interest rate and the cost associated for the rate.

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