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Six New Year's Resolutions that Help You Close More Loans in 2016

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jan 26, 2016 10:27:14 AM

The new year is upon us, and most of us set goals that we want to accomplish. Many of these relate to money. If you are a mortgage professional who could handle more bucks in your bank account, employ these six New Year's resolutions to help you close more loans in 2016. 

#1: I will educate myself on all mortgage aspects. Consumers have lots of questions during the mortgage process, and it pays to be able to answer them in a concise, understandable manner. Mortgage professionals who "don't have time" to give their customers the 411, or who aren't prepared for the barrage of questions will most likely end up with big, gaping holes in their schedule. 

Resolve to: read industry blogs, attend training webinars, and in-person presentations about current

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Topics: Mortgage, lending solutions, Credit Score, Understanding Credit Scores, Third Party Vendor Management

Spending Mistakes Smart People Make Over the Holidays

Posted by Susan McCullah

Nov 2, 2015 9:47:00 AM

December is a time for families and friends to come together over the holidays. However, the last month of the year can also be a big budget buster that can leave you broke and in debt if you aren’t careful.

We have created a breakdown of mistakes smart people make over the holidays that result in January being hard to bear. Avoiding these actions can help you make certain you roll into January with some money left in your pocket and your credit score intact.

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Topics: Data Facts blog, wordpress blog, Credit Score, finances, credit cards, Holiday tips, credit history, Budget

Why Are My FICO Credit Scores Different?

Posted by Jennifer Hamby

Sep 8, 2015 8:00:00 AM

If you’ve recently checked your FICO credit scores (Equifax, Experian and Transunion), you may have noticed that your credit score varies between the three. After thoroughly reviewing your credit report, you may be asking yourself, “Why are my 3 FICO credit scores different?”

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Topics: credit reports, Mortgage loan, Credit Score, Credit Bureau, FICO, Understanding Credit Scores

Must Know Tips To Protect Your Credit During A Divorce

Posted by Jennifer Hamby

Aug 20, 2015 9:47:51 AM

In the unfortunate event that you get a divorce, worrying about your credit score may be the last thing on your mind. However, even during the most trying times of our lives, the world keeps spinning and the fact is, divorce can greatly impact your finances and credit history.  With close to 50% of all marriages ending in divorce, and divorce finalization taking close to 1 year to complete, protecting your credit along the way is critical to your financial future. 

Below are some helpful tips on how to get thru a divorce without damaging your credit.

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Topics: credit reports, divorce, Credit Score, credit cards, Credit Bureau

Are Millennials "Credit-Invisible"?

Posted by Jennifer Hamby

Jul 30, 2015 11:27:42 AM

Millennials are one of the largest demographic groups in the U.S. It is estimated that by 2020, one in three adults will be millennials. Yet, unlike past generations, this group appears to be less active in traditional credit and financial markets. With 33% being under–banked and 63% not have having credit cards.  

Millenials do in fact apply for credit, but are denied at a much higher rate than their generational counterparts.  Why? 

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Topics: Millennials, Credit Score, FICO


Posted by Johnna Leeds

Jul 15, 2015 10:05:00 AM

In today’s financial climate, it is becoming more evident by utilizing bundled services from a single provider Lenders will be able to serve clients more effectively, profitably and will emerge as industry leaders.

Why should you bundle services? First of all, one vendor equals fewer headaches. It standardizes operations and saves time. You don’t have to call, email and wait for responses from multiple vendors. Secondly, it builds a stronger relationship. This makes for a more positive overall experience. Lastly, it helps you to stay in compliance. Compliance is ALWAYS a top priority. Bundling services minimizes the risk of being out of compliance by having all your paperwork from ONE source. Your chosen vendor should be constantly providing compliance information for your records.

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Topics: Data Facts blog, Identity theft 2012, Identity theft, FCRA, wordpress blog, Data Facts, Mortgage loan, Mortgage, Credit Score, Mortgage compliance, mortgage fraud, AVM's, Improve Credit Score, credit cards, credit history, Automated Valuation Model, Compliance, mortgage news

What You Need To Know About FICO 9.0

Posted by Jennifer Hamby

Mar 20, 2015 1:04:00 PM

FICO, the nation’s most popular credit-scoring system, released news about its latest credit scoring model, FICO®9.0.  While the media was all a-buzz with the potential “improvements” associated with the expected changes to the new scoring model, it is important to note that this will take time for mortgage consumers to experience its impact.

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Topics: credit reports, Credit Score, Collections, FICO, Understanding Credit Scores

The Importance of Good Credit

Posted by Jennifer Hamby

Feb 25, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Want to save thousands of dollars on all your biggest purchases?  Then there’s only one thing you need to do: MAINTAIN GOOD CREDIT

Today's economy runs on credit. If you want to get a mortgage loan for a house, or a student loan to pay for college, or if you simply want to purchase lunch, or gas on a credit card, somewhere a company is extending credit to you based on your creditworthiness.  Your “creditworthiness” is defined by your three-digit credit score and is the key to your financial life.  

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Topics: credit reports, Credit Score, Improve Credit Score, credit cards, credit history

Do You Want To Close More Loans in 2015?

Posted by Jennifer Hamby

Jan 29, 2015 8:23:00 AM

A few credit score points can mean the difference between a good mortgage rate, a lousy one or getting a loan at all. In the current state of matters, letting a loan “die on the vine” is not acceptable.  You must explore every avenue possible to drive that loan to the closing table.   While time is of the essence, you also know that dealing with less than reputable “credit repair” companies is not the direction you want to take.  

Expedited Rescoring, a practice employed by mortgage lenders and brokers to help lift clients' scores to qualify for better loans, allows borrowers to get accurate information updated into credit files within a few days, rather than waiting weeks or months for the credit bureaus to do it on their own. 

That faster timetable could save thousands of dollars on the mortgage loan for borrowers, and increase loan closing ratios. 

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Topics: credit reports, Mortgage loan, Credit Score, Mortgage Lending

Does Your Credit Score Affect Homeowner's Insurance?

Posted by Jennifer Hamby

Jan 14, 2015 2:16:00 PM

Yes!  Did you know Insurance companies use information in your credit report to calculate an insurance score?  Similar to a credit score, insurance companies use insurance scores to help them predict losses by determining which consumers are more likely to file claims, these findings help determine your premiums.

Insurance scores can have a big impact on the amount of premium that you pay for your coverage.  In this regard, a higher insurance credit score will result in you paying a lower amount of premium, and conversely, a lower insurance score will likely result in you being charged a higher amount for coverage

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