Posted 12/11/2017


Use a “rapid rescore” to qualify for a mortgage

Rapid rescore - how it can help you qualify for a mortgage

Craig Berry

The Mortgage Reports Contributor

What is a rapid rescore?

A rapid rescore is a method by which you can raise your credit score quickly by submitting proof of positive account changes to the three major credit bureaus. The process can lift your score by 100 points or more within days when erroneous or negative information is cleared from your credit profile.

How can a rapid rescore help?

When it comes to getting approved for a mortgage, the better your credit scores, the easier it is to obtain mortgage financing.

But what if your credit scores are low?

The time it takes to pay down balances and fix errors can seem like an eternity before it hits your credit report. This is especially true when you’re in the process of buying a home.

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Raise your credit score in days, not months

Rapid rescoring is essentially exactly what it sounds like – a rapid way to modify your credit scores.

The process of rapid rescoring is used by mortgage lenders and brokers to help boost a borrower’s credit scores. This method can add some much-needed points to credit scores, well, rapidly.

Instead of taking months, with rapid rescore, errors such as charge-offs, collections and judgments can be corrected in a matter of days.

The amount of improvement to your credit scores will vary based on the types of things being corrected, as well as the overall state of your credit. The difference can be a few points to a hundred points or more.

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Raise your credit score in days, not months

The use of rapid rescoring should only be done with the help of a mortgage lender or broker, not credit repair companies.

According to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), borrowers cannot be charged for disputing inaccurate information on their credit reports. Further, rapid rescoring is not a means of disputing negative information.

Rapid rescoring can be fairly expensive. Fees can run anywhere from $25-$40 per account, per bureau.

There are three major bureaus, and you might want to update each account with each bureau. So if you have four accounts that need corrected, it would be a total of 12 items included in your rapid rescore.

  • 12 total updates
  • $40 per update
  • $480 total

Mortgage lenders and brokers cannot charge the borrower for any part of this cost. As such, not all lenders or brokers offer the program.

Rapid rescore steps

The first step in the rapid rescore process is to obtain a copy of your credit report.

You are entitled by federal law to receive a free credit report once per year from each of the major credit bureaus, Equifax, Transunion and Experian.

You can start with a free report, but a lender will need to request your credit report themselves to order a rapid rescore.

The rescoring process will vary according to the items being updated. For instance, if scores are low due to high credit card balances, you will need to pay down the cards before requesting the updates. The general procedure is as follows.

  1. Determine why credit scores are low
  2. Find out whether the items are able to be corrected
  3. Pay down credit card balances or gather documentation proving an error
  4. Contact the creditor. Obtain proof of updated records
  5. Provide this documentation to the lender or broker.
  6. The lender orders the rapid rescore using this documentation

The lender will receive an updated report usually within three to seven days.

Rapid rescores accelerate the buying process

Without a rapid rescore, a new credit report and score could take months.

The lender often needs a higher score to issue a pre-approval letter. The buyer needs that letter in-hand to start seriously looking for a home.

Waiting for a credit score to improve by traditional methods can seem like an eternity. The extra effort it takes to initiate a rapid rescore is well worth the weeks or months lost by taking a passive approach to raising your credit scores.

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Craig Berry

The Mortgage Reports Contributor

With 17 years in mortgage banking, Craig Berry has helped thousands achieve their home ownership goals. Connect with Craig on Twitter or Facebook.

The information contained on The Mortgage Reports website is for informational purposes only and is not an advertisement for products offered by Full Beaker. The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not reflect the policy or position of Full Beaker, its officers, parent, or affiliates.

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