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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

What is rapid re-scoring?

When applying for a mortgage, most lenders offer the consumer the opportunity for a rapid re-score, which is basically a way to quickly dispute errors on a credit report in the hopes of increasing the credit score just enough to get a better rate or qualify for the mortgage at all.

Using rapid re-scoring, the consumer can get accurate information added to his or her credit report in days rather than weeks.  A rapid re-scoring service can get the errors investigated in days, whereas the credit bureaus have 30 days to investigate disputes directly from the consumer.  Of course, rapid re-scoring is usually only available when a consumer is trying to get a mortgage and does not make sense for disputing information at other times.

Rapid re-scoring is also NOT credit repair.  Rapid re-scoring deals with inaccuracies on a consumer's credit report.  Credit repair, which is almost always a scam, deals with trying to get accurate (but derogatory) information removed from a consumer's credit history.

So if you are applying for a mortgage, you should check your credit report to see if there are any inaccuracies that, if rapidly re-scored, might get you a better interest rate.

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