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Susan McCullah is the Marketing Project Manager for Data Facts Background Screening Division.
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Worried About Your Credit Score? 4 Tips for Reviewing Your Credit Report

Posted by Susan McCullah

Sep 13, 2017 10:36:52 AM

 In light of the Equifax security breach, consumers are concerned about their credit report. Advice is everywhere on how to handle this issue. Regardless of whether or not you decide to freeze your credit, you need to CHECK YOUR CREDIT REPORT!

So, what do we mean by that? What are you supposed to be checking?

As a leading mortgage lending services provider, here are our suggestions:

While pulling your credit report at least once a year is very good advice, a person needs to know what to look for when reviewing their information.

You can actually check your credit 3 times a year at no charge.

Goto www.annualcreditreport.com which is a website sponsored by the three credit bureaus. You can pull one bureau once a year for free. Simply enter your information and order a one-bureau credit file.

Then what? 

Start with these tips to make certain you understand the information on your credit report:

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Topics: Data Facts blog, wordpress blog, Data Facts, Credit Score, Collection accounts, Collections, credit cards, credit history, mortgage lending services

Credit Report Changes May Result in Credit Score Increases for Many Consumers

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 20, 2017 3:07:27 PM

The three credit bureaus, Equifax, Experian, and Transunion, will be making changes to two types of information currently reported on credit reports. These alterations could show credit score increases for an estimated 1 in 12 consumers. 

Tax liens and civil judgments are the two pieces of information on the hotseat. The change is scheduled for July 1, 2017. It's estimated that up to half of civil judgment information and most of tax lien data will be removed. 

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Topics: credit reports, Credit Score, mortgage news, Mortgage lenders

2017 Mortgage Trends that Can Disrupt A Mortgage Pro's Success

Posted by Susan McCullah

Feb 28, 2017 11:07:34 AM

Several components play into the fact there's no easy sailing for mortgage professionals.

 2017 poses especially unique challenges. Being prepared with the right tools and education is key to being successful in today's mortgage industry. 

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Topics: Data Facts blog, Millennials, Mortgage Lending, Potential Millennial homebuyers

Are You a Lender Concerned About the Cost of Lending Compliance?

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jan 31, 2017 3:24:51 PM

 

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Topics: Mortgage compliance, Compliance, CFPB, mortgage lending services

Updated! DU Day 1 Certainty: Twelve FAQs from the Trenches

Posted by Susan McCullah

Dec 1, 2016 8:20:36 AM

If you are a lender, you have most likely heard about DUs new initiative, the Day 1 Certainty™, going live Saturday, December 10th.

Like any change, there are tons of questions regarding the process. Data Facts Account Executives are often the first to field questions from our clients about this change and how our mortgage lending services can address the coming needs. We have compiled the ones we are hearing over and over, as well as those that have been addressed by Fannie Mae, to help you stay informed. 

Here are the main questions we, as well as Fannie, get about DU Day 1 Certainty.

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Topics: Data Facts, fannie mae, Mortgage lenders, DU Day 1 Certainty

Lenders Get the Full Picture with Portfolio Monitoring Solutions

Posted by Susan McCullah

Nov 9, 2016 10:01:00 AM

When it comes to consumer credit portfolios, the only constant is change. And, unfortunately, when lenders attempt to keep a good grasp on their consumer credit portfolios, change can be a major challenge.

The good news is there are tools to help proactively review consumer credit profiles faster and more frequently. With this type of information in hand, you can now make better risk-management decisions for your portfolio as a whole. 

These tools are lending portfolio monitoring solutions. Employing such a system allows lenders to quickly identify, segment and prioritize accounts that meet designated risk levels to improve profitability.

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What do lending portfolio monitoring solutions do for you?

They realize deeper insights to optimize strategies. The more in-depth information lenders gain, the better able they are at managing their portfolios in a way that meets goals and gain opportunities. Consistent lending portfolio review provides this. 

Such as...

#1: Predicting a consumer’s capacity to pay so you can improve: 

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Topics: Mortgage Lending, Lending portfolio review, Portfolio monitoring

Six Scary Mistakes Turn an Approved Mortgage into a Denied Mortgage

Posted by Susan McCullah

Oct 13, 2016 9:15:00 AM

 

Are you dreaming of dressing your new home with spiderwebs, jack-o-lanterns, and scary Halloween music while you pass out candy to hungry zombies and beautiful princesses? Then be sure to avoid these mistakes during the home buying process.

Once you find the perfect home, secure financing, and sign the contract, you may think it's a done deal. Be careful, though. There are several mistakes you may make during the mortgage process that will drive your interest rate higher, or derail your closing completely. 

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Topics: credit reports, Data Facts, Mortgage loan, Mortgage

Got Mortgage Trended Data Blues? FAQ's to Help Ease the Pain

Posted by Susan McCullah

Aug 24, 2016 11:03:11 AM


Singin' the blues over more changes heading your way?

If you are not sure about the addition of trended data on mortgage credit reports, how it affects you, and how to deal with it, take heart! The reality is that mortgage credit trended data is a shockwave to the industry, and is causing even more changes for mortgage originators who have already been handed their fair share (TRID, anyone?).

We have scoured our mortgage lending services sources to answer some of the biggest, most common questions about trended data information...

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Topics: credit reports, Data Facts, Credit Score, mortgage trended data, trended credit data, mortgage lending services

Be Vigilant on Vacay! TwelveTips to Guard Against Identity Theft this Summer

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jul 7, 2016 11:01:37 AM

Planning a fun trip this summer?

It's important to relax and have fun on vacation, but remember that criminals are everywhere, waiting to take advantage of your lack of attention. It's likely that the last thing on your mind when you're vacationing is becoming the victim of identity theft. However, vacation time is also when identity thieves are at their busiest.

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Topics: Identity theft, Hacked, Credit Freeze

Trended Credit Data News -Fannie Mae Postpones DO/DU v10.0 Release

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jun 16, 2016 12:47:21 PM

Data Facts has breaking news about mortgage trended credit data, which was expected to go into effect June 25, 2016.

Fannie Mae has recently stated that they have postponed the release of DO/DU v10.0.  From the notice on their web site, it appears that it is being postponed due to Quality Assurance issues so that they can ensure a successful implementation. 

The notice reads:

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Topics: Data Facts, mortgage trended data, fannie

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