Even if you're sure you have excellent credit, it's
wise to double-check at the outset. Straightening out any errors or
disputed items now will avoid troublesome holdups down the road when
youre waiting for
- You may see disputed items, in addition to errors caused by a faulty
social security number, a name similar to yours, or a court ordered
judgment you paid off that hasn't been cleared from the public records.
If such items appear, write a letter to the appropriate credit bureau.
Credit bureaus are required to help you straighten things out in a
reasonable time (usually 30 days).
- Make sure that any outdated derogatory entries are deleted from
your credit file. Adverse credit information is not supposed to be
reported or included on your credit report after seven years (except
bankruptcy information, which can be reported up to ten years).
- Officially cancel inactive credit cards. If you have an inactive
credit card with a $5,000 limit, even though you owe nothing on it,
some mortgage lenders will consider that a potential future debt.
inactive credit cards with significant credit limits could keep you
from obtaining a mortgage loan. Don't just cut up your extra cards;
officially cancel them, and do it now so there will be time for the
news to reach the credit bureaus.
- Hold off on making any major credit card or car purchases while
you're waiting to apply for a mortgage. Monthly payments you're obligated
to pay will be counted against you, and reduce the amount
of the mortgage loan you'll be offered.