How Social Security Numbers and Credit Reports Fit into the Loan Process
Hey everyone, I’m Abby Pougnet and you’re watching this week’s Watch it Wednesday. Today mortgage banker Marshall O’Keefe is here to help you understand the mortgage process a little bit better by answering two questions for you: one being “why do we ask for your social security number?” and two “how is my credit score effected when you pull my credit report?” So let’s see what he has to say! Hi, my name is Marshall O’Keefe and I’m here to talk to you guys today about a couple quick questions that we get from clients very often first of all being ‘why do we need your social security number’ ? The answer to that question is so we can access your credit report. We are actually pulling reports from all three of the major bureaus which are: Experian, Equifax and Trans-Union. And this information is already on file with these companies. What we’re asking for your social for is to be able to match up the records they already maintain. One of the follow-up questions that often comes after that is ‘how is my score going to be effected by having my credit pulled?’ and the easiest answer is there’s going to be a very small effect on it. Usually the first time you have it accessed it’s between 3 and 5 points, which is obviously not very major when it comes to your overall score. The good news also is that the bureaus are able to differentiate these days as to what types of organizations are accessing your credit — and a mortgage lender is going to be looked at much less adversely …
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