Problematic Credit Inquiries
It is a little known fact that credit inquiries can lead to credit declines. Here’s why. You decide you would like a new credit card but you’re not sure who has the best deal so you jump online and have a look around. You want to hedge your bets and make sure you get approval for a card, so you pick out 5 credit cards you like the sound of and apply for them all. After all, you don’t need to accept them all if they are approved and this way you are surely going to get at least one cross the line, right?
But hang on, what was meant to be an easy process of getting a credit card is proving to be a bit of problem. You can’t explain it, but over the course of the next few days, you receive knock backs from all the companies you applied to. This seems strange as you have a good job and have never missed a bill payment, so your credit should be fine. You decide the companies you applied to must be being picky, so you jump online again and make 4 more applications. What’s this, four more declines? This is crazy!
You decide to bypass all this madness and think you’ll treat yourself to a big flat-screen television. You pick out a beauty, 75 inches and full HD. What’s even better is the store offers credit; this is going to be easy. You confidently give your details to the store finance representative and the whole time you are thinking that you can’t wait to get this TV home! Then you’re hit with “finance declined.” Has the whole world gone mad? Why won’t anyone give me credit?
Too Many Credit Enquiries
Each time you apply for finance, someone will make an inquiry on your credit report. That will be recorded for 5 years. That’s right, 5 years!
While it’s true that a credit provider can’t make a credit inquiry without you giving approval, gaining approval can be as simple as ticking a box on a website or saying “that’s fine” to a credit representative.
But hang on.
Why are credit inquiries that never ended in credit providing a problem?
Surely it only matters what inquiries lead to loans, right?
You would be forgiven for thinking so, but unfortunately, the answer is NO. When a credit inquiry is made, only limited information is held on the credit report. Let’s say you make an application for a home loan, the only information recorded is the date and type of the application (in this case a home loan), the credit provider and the amount; that’s it.
The inquiry won’t say if the application was approved or declined or even if you took up the facility if it was approved. Basically the credit provider who looks at the past enquiries is flying somewhat blind.
Let’s go back to the credit card example.
Let’s say you’re a credit card provider looking at 5 recent credit card inquiries on a credit report. You don’t know if the past inquiries were declined or approved, and if approved how many credit cards they ended up with.
In today’s credit risk-averse world, the outcome of this misinformation is often a decline. Many credit providers will assume the past applications have been declined and assume you’re not telling them something. In saying so they will more than likely decline the application. So can you prevent the fact that credit inquiries lead to credit declines?
An Automated System
In many cases, you won’t get the opportunity to plead your case as many lenders have fully automated credit scoring systems. These systems are triggered to react to recent enquiries and decline the application without looking into it further.
Even if the consumer is aware an inquiry will be noted on their credit file, very few realize the potentially debilitating effects that a high volume of recent inquiries can have. The type of credit being applied for has little effect. Whether it is a home loan, business loans or credit cards, the problem remains the same.
Now we know what the problem is. But how do we fix it? How long will it take?
The answer is you can’t. Well, not in the short term anyway.
Unless the inquiry was made without any authorization there is little that can be done to have an enquiry removed from a credit file. The only cure is time. The more historic the listing, the less relevant it is.
For example, a series of inquiries made 12 months ago would not be seen as being as important as a series of enquiries made over the past month. There is no set rule for how old an enquiry needs to be before it’s not considered an issue. This is because each lender tends to carry different lending criteria. This criterion is under constant review. However, there’s no doubt that the older the listing, the less relevant it is. Unfortunately, this does not help people who have made this mistake but desperately need finance.
If you are having credit issues, call Clean Credit today for a FREE consultation. One of our highly skilled credit repair professionals will answer your questions and explain how credit repair may help.