Pre-approved credit offers

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

Not only in real estate but in everyday life we live and die by our credit score.  One of the most heart breaking things for me, as a realtor, is to find out that a clients credit score is to low to help them.  The following article I found from Experian explains how pre-approved credit offers work.

Those pre-approved credit offers that consumers find in their mailboxes don't materialize out of thin air. They target specific kinds of consumers who meet certain criteria during what is called the pre-screening process.

In this process, a credit information organization such as Experian screens a list of consumers for their value as potential recipients of a direct mail campaign, particularly one that offers pre-approved credit.

The list of consumers may be supplied by the paying customer or culled from the credit bureau's own databases.  Such screening is completed through the application of tests and parameters that may be modified for each run.  Pre-screen products and services are available to customers according to their markets, needs and sophistications.  In addition to credit card issuers, customers might include small firms-such as gardening services or construction outfits that remodel homes-that want to solicit the business of an area's new homeowners, for instance.

For the consumers, a pre-approved credit offer generally doesn't automatically grant credit, but offers the opportunity to apply for it.  That's because the creditor will want to see if the consumer's credit history has taken a recent downturn before actually granting the credit line.  The creditor will also check to see if pertinent data in the history jibes with information supplied by the applicant.

Valuing consumer privacy, Experian will make the effort to remove your name and address from pre-screening consideration.  You can opt-out by calling 1-888-5OPTOUT.

Information provided by Experian


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Cherry Wings Realty
Cherry Wings Realty - Traverse City, MI
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I have opted out of having the credit reporting agencies selling my information to others.  I cannot hardly believe that is something that they can automatically do without your approval.  Everyone should request this opt out from all three agencies.

Mar 20, 2010 02:35 AM #1
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Michelle this is very valuable information that a lot of people don't really know about. I agree with Christine,everybody should opt out from all three credit bureaus. Thanks for sharing. 2010 is going to be our best year ever-CLAIM IT. Have a great post.

Mar 20, 2010 02:51 AM #2
Jody Lautenbach
Century 21 Premier Associates - Pella, IA

Great information to know and pass on -Thanks for sharing.

Mar 20, 2010 03:25 AM #3
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