This BLOG On Hard Pull Credit Inquiries Was UPDATED And PUBLISHED On November 17th, 2019
Mortgage loan applicants who for credit, creditors will do hard credit inquiries. Whether consumers are applying for credit cards, furniture credit cards, installment loans, mortgage loans, automobile loan, or any other credit, creditors will do hard pull credit inquiries.
There are two types of credit pulls:
- Soft Pull Credit Inquiries
- Hard Pull Credit Inquiries
Hard pull credit inquiries will drop consumer credit scores.
In this article we will cover and discuss hard pull credit inquiries versus soft pull during the mortgage process.
Credit Inquiries Drop Credit Scores
Every time consumers apply for credit cards, the credit card companies will do hard credit inquires.
- Each hard pull inquiries will drop scores by two or more points
- However, the more devastating effect is not the drop in credit scores, but the hard pull credit inquiries will show up on credit record and remain there
Consumers who decide to apply to a bunch of credit card companies all at the same time, all the hard credit inquires will show up on credit report.
Negative Effects Of Credit Inquiries
Consumers with many hard credit inquiries all at the same time will raise red flags on creditors.
- They will wonder why credit applicants are applying for a bunch of credit at the same time
- This will alert creditors and they will suspect that the consumer are desperately seeking credit
Although credit scores might not have been affected too much, too many hard credit inquiries will cause suspicion and the chances are that the credit grantor will deny loan.
Strategy In Applying For New Credit
Although hard inquiries are not good, this does not mean that a consumer should not apply for new credit.
- Consumers can apply for a new credit card or department store credit card or gas credit card
- But do not apply for them all at the same time
- Spread them out throughout many months
- Consumers should not apply for more than 3 new credit tradelines in any six month period
Avoid in applying for more than 3 new credit tradelines in any 30 day period to limit hard pull inquiry.
Soft Credit Pull Inquiries
A soft credit pull is a credit inquiry that will show up on credit record but will not affect credit scores.
- Most mortgage companies and banks will do an initial hard pull once borrowers apply
- Then they will do soft credit pull credit inquiries throughout the mortgage process
- Most creditors will understand when they see more than 3 credit inquiries in credit report by a mortgage company within a 30 day time frame
- Lenders will assume mortgage applicants are shopping for a mortgage loan
Make sure if at all possible that when applying for new credit to see if the creditor can do a soft credit pull rather than hard pull.
Inquiries During Mortgage Process
All recent credit inquiries will be questioned by the mortgage underwriter during the mortgage process. Every credit inquiry on the borrower’s credit report needs to be explained.
- The loan officer can go over with the borrower and write the letter of explanation
- The explanation only needs to be a sentence or two long
For example, if borrower has a half a dozen of credit inquiries by mortgage companies:
- All the borrower needs to state is “Shopping For Mortgage” on the lox
- Underwriters will also want to know the outcome of the credit inquiry
- Underwriters will want to know whether credit was approved or not
Always tell the truth during the mortgage process.