Monitoring Your Credit Before Applying for Your FHA Mortgage
What Credit Monitoring Should Include
Credit monitoring should include information on what all three major credit reporting agencies have in your records. You should have credit monitoring that includes information from the following agencies:
Don’t rely on the scores alone to tell you how good your credit is. You may find errors, outdated information, or evidence of identity theft in your credit history. FICO scores only tell the lender part of the story.
Routine Monitoring vs. Annual Credit Reports
Pulling an annual credit report is a great way to start monitoring your credit, but you won’t want to stop there.
It’s crucial to take a more active role in your credit health by subscribing to an active credit monitoring service that notifies you about any changes in your report on a regular basis.
The annual report is useful, but it’s really not the tool you need to avoid identity theft or other credit-report-related issues that could plague you at FHA loan application time.
Credit monitoring should include the ability to add fraud alerts to your credit report. A victim or potential victim of identity theft can add these alerts to warn potential creditors to take extra steps to verify a credit application.
Credit Report Monitoring Extras
Some credit monitoring services offer extras such as identity fraud insurance. These services are optional, and before you invest money in them, be sure to do your own research to learn whether such options are worth the money or not.
In some cases, they might benefit all consumers; in others, that benefit may only apply in specific circumstances.
Know the difference before you commit, and remember that you do NOT need such additional services simply to keep track of your FICO scores and debt repayment history.
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