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Do Inquiries Hurt Your Credit Score?

Here is the newest (and accurate) information about credit inquiries.

A credit inquiry is when a company pulls your credit report when you make an application for credit.

The last thing you want is for your credit score to go down while you’re shopping for a home loan. Here’s what you need to know:

If you need a credit card, don’t worry about the minor hit to your score, because establishing credit is part of the process.

If you already have three lines of credit and will be buying a home soon, avoid opening any new credit. Believe me, a 10 percent discount on merchandise is not worth taking a higher interest rate on your $200,000 home loan because your score dropped. Don’t risk it!

And remember, NEVER NEVER take out an automobile loan, finance a computer, appliances, or furniture, or open any other new credit six months before applying for a mortgage loan. You don’t want to risk lowering your credit score right when you’re trying to get a low rate for your home.

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