When you apply for a mortgage, your lender will place an inquiry on your credit report when reviewing your application. This will share your information with each of the three main credit agencies (Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian). Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), these companies are permitted to include your name on lists that can then be bought by other creditors or insurers. The groups buying these lists are the ones you will start to see come through your inbox with “prescreened” offers of credit.
How do I opt out from receiving these offers?
While the FCRA allows the reporting agencies to share your information with creditors, they also provide you the right to opt out of your inclusion on these lists. Opt Out Prescreen is the official Consumer Credit Reporting Industry website to accept and process requests from consumers to opt out of firm offers of credit or insurance. Call 1-888-5-OPTOUT or visit www.optoutprescreen.com before you apply for your mortgage to prevent your name from being shared with solicitors. You will need to provide some personal information to process the opt out request, but the site has security protocols and measures in place to protect your information from unauthorized access or alteration.
To go one step further, you may also want to consider putting your phone number on the national Do Not Call Registry. This will limit all telemarketing offers that you receive in general, not just those related to mortgage offers or lines of credit. To put your name on the registry, simply visit www.donotcall.gov or call 1-888-382-1222. Your request will be processed within 31 days and will remain on the registry for five years.
If you plan to have a co-borrower on your mortgage, don’t forget to have them process an opt-out request for their information as well!
If you would like to learn more about the prescreen opt out options, visit the FTC’s website.
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Buying a home is one of the most important financial decisions you will make. Understanding mortgages and the home buying process can help make it less stressful, and so can partnering with a mortgage lender you can trust. At Coastal Loans, we’re dedicated to helping home buyers finance their dream home. All information presented is for educational purposes only and not intended as financial advice.
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