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April 4, 2011

Three Major Credit Reporting Bureaus

When applying for a mortgage whether it be for purchase or refinance a tri-merge credit report is pulled for an evaluation of the clients current and past credit history.

The three bureaus are Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

Depending on the creditor they many report to one or all bureaus.  Credit scores can vary between agencies so to qualify for financing I will work off your middle credit score to determine your rate.

It is a great idea to get a credit analysis at least once a year.  In doing so you can keep on top of your credit report and quickly take care of any discrepancies.

The bureau information is as follows:

Experian Consumer Relations, 888-397-3742,  P O Box 2002, Allen, TX  75013  www.experian.com

Equifax Consumer Relations, 800-685-1111, P O Box 740241, Atlanta, GA  30374-0193 www.equifax.com

TransUnion Consumer Relations, 800-888-4213, P O Box 1000, Chester, PA  19022 www.transunion.com

The above addresses would be where disputes are mailed to the individual bureau.  I suggest dispute be sent certified mail return receipt requested.  Credit bureau has 30 days to investigate and then derogatory is either confirmed or removed.

If you need a free credit analysis in the Birmingham, AL area, please contact Valerie Springer .  I would be honored to help you with your financing needs.

Yours to Count On,

Valerie Springer

January 19, 2011

Is the Debacle Over?

Housing starts for December were below expectations BUT Building Permits which is a great indication of future construction, were well above expectations.

Could this be the beginning of good news for our homebuilders?  Are interest rates really starting to rise?  What is going on in the market today and what am I not being told?  How much of an impact does China really have on the United States?  How does it all work?  What is QE2 and how will that affect me?

If you would like answers to the questions above, your expert is waiting to shed some light and help guide you as a well informed consumer.  You may call me at 205-995-7283 x 305 or send me an email at valerie.springer@nflp.com 

Yours to Count On,

Valerie Springer

 

August 9, 2010

FHA Mortgage, What is the attraction?

Many times I am asked why is a FHA mortgage better than conventional?  In fact, there are many  advantages to FHA financing.

FHA insures the mortgage which reduces the risk a lender has to assume in the event a borrower defaults on the mortgage payments.  Insurance  allows lenders a little more willingness to loan to those with not so perfect or less depth in their credit history.  This helps  individuals qualify for financing.

FHA’s underwriting standards are less strict than those of conventional loans.  This allows individuals who have had credit issues, bankruptcy, foreclosure or inconsistent payment records the opportunity to qualify for financing.

Also, FHA will allow a minimum down payment to be as low as 3.5%.  These funds can come from the borrower, co-borrower, or in the form of gift funds.  Gift funds may be given from a parent, grandparent, fiance’, sibling or god-parent.

In today’s market if you are purchasing a home below $271,000.00 and putting less than a 20% down-payment, it may be in your best interest to have a FHA loan.  Rates are low and FHA may be assumed if qualified and monthly mortgage insurance is generally much lower on an FHA mortgage.

If you have questions or would like to be pre-approved to purchase a new home or refinance your existing, please visit my website www.vshomeloans.com or call me at 205-995-7283 x 304.  I would love to help with one of the largest financial decisions you will ever make.

Yours to Count On,

Valerie Springer    NMLS 198479

July 12, 2010

Credit Bureaus ~ Equifax, Experian and Trans Union

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Credit is a scary word for many folks.  Credit is something that is  relatively baffling to most.  Common sense is completely out the window when it comes to figuring out the process.  I will give you some tips occasionally to help you have a better understanding.

1. Did you know if you close accounts it could drop your credit score?  2. If you open accounts too close together it could drop your score?  3. If you charge all purchases on a credit card and pay it off monthly it could hurt your score?  I will answer these three questions in this post.

1.  If you close accounts it could drop your credit score…The credit bureau is looking at how much credit you have available to you as opposed to how much you have used.  In addition to how long you have had a credit line.  For Example:  You have a credit card that carries a $10,000.00 credit limit, you have had this since 1995.  You pay the card off and close the account.  Your credit score will probably drop because you have just lost $10k of available credit and closed an account you have had opened for 15 years.  The utilization of credit cards will pump your scores up faster than any other category because “YOU” control revolving accounts.

2.  If you open too many accounts close together it could drop your score…yes this is true.  When someone starts applying for credit in succession it sends a signal to the bureau there may be a problem.  For example:  Someone inquires about approval for a home purchase to see if they qualify, then they go to the car dealership and apply for credit to get a vehicle.  On the way home they stop by a department store and find a great sale and the store clerk asks if they would like to save 20% on their entire purchase.  These are three credit inquiries very close together and it makes creditors very nervous.   All of the sudden you trying to accumulate much debt on paper whether you buy anything or not.   These purchases or applications for credit need to be spread far apart.  If you are considering purchasing a home you should never make a large purchase before the home transaction.  Auto dealers may pull your credit multiple times which in itself  can make your score drop.  Beware around the holidays when everyone wants to save and are tempted to apply for every credit card out there, your scores WILL drop.

3.  Can my credit scores drop if I pay my card off every month…Yes they can.  If you have one credit card with a $10k credit limit and each month you charge all of your household expenses and then pay off at the end of the month, all the credit bureaus know is you are maxed out on your limit.  For Example  The creditor does not report to the bureaus you pay off each month they only show you pay on time.  While your credit standing with this company may be excellent it does not seem so with the bureaus.  Also, this will affect your debt to income ratio when applying for mortgage.  We must use your minimum monthly payment to qualify you.  There are a few ways to make this work to your favor  (a.)  If you normally charge $10k per month and your credit limit is $10k, ask your creditor to raise you credit limit to $20k, this at least keeps you at the 50% utilization.  If this is not an option  (b.) put your purchases on separate credit cards.  It is okay to use credit cards just keep the balance low as possible even if you plan to pay it off in the future remember they are looking at how much you have used as opposed to how much is available.

Please visit my website www.vshomeloans.com    I would love to help you with your residential financing needs. 

Valerie Springer     NMLS  198479

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