With tighter restrictions on loan approvals and credit scores becoming an integral part of qualification, many consumers find themselves in a panic due to circumstances that seem to be out of their control.
Recently we were hired by a consumer who had an excellent Fico score of 780 just a month earlier. He was negotiating on a purchase of a second home and was just about ready to apply for a loan. Since he needed to travel for business and was very concerned about his credit, he decided to have all of his bills paid automatically online to insure that his credit would be protected. Unfortunately, he did not realize during the set up with BOA that the transaction did not thoroughly process. His good intentions backfired and when his banker pulled his credit report three weeks later, it indicated a late payment on the BOA mortgage of his primary residence thereby dropping his score down to a 670. Since his scores were very high, the late payment prompted an extreme score drop (the higher the score, the more of a drop with new late payments). With a 680 score, he now could not even get an approval for the loan. The client and his wife had spent a long time searching for the property and knew it was a wonderful deal. Needless to say, they were highly emotional and disappointed with the news.
Luckily, the banker advised him to get current on the payment and to call us immediately before contacting the creditor direct. We were hired within the day and within a week were able to negotiate the late payment off the credit profile. This resulted in a very positive outcome to a difficult situation…but things don’t always turn out that way.
Many consumers try to deal directly with the creditor without fully understanding the law and how to handle the creditor. Some even give creditor’s information that solidifies the negative information staying on the credit. It is essential to speak to a professional before jumping to react.
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