Checking your credit

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Mortgage and Lending with Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 NMLS #206275 GA 25689
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Due to all of the advances in technology, we can all enjoy easy access to our information and the internet.  We connect via, computer, laptops, tablets and smart phones.  We can search for information and purchase goods or services all at our finger tips.  But with all of that convenience, it does come with some disadvantages. 

 

Monitoring the activity on your credit report is not a recommendation that should be taken lightly.  In fact, once you have children with issued social security numbers, you should be checking their credit report on an annual basis as well.

 

Recently a past client called to tell me that someone had used her son’s ( he is 7) social security number to apply for a new car!  Apparently the social security number and name were checked but not the age.

 

 

Moving forward be sure to have a plan to monitor the activity.  I always suggest requesting a copy from each of the three bureaus once every 4 months.  

 

 

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Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
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Kathy,

It's always better to be proactive, rather than reactive, when it comes to your credit.

Rich

Nov 25, 2013 07:47 PM #5
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Nina Hollander
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Great suggestion and reminder. The main thing people need to remember though, is if they apply for a mortgage, lenders use a different set of criteria to judge credit.

Nov 25, 2013 08:29 PM #6
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Goran Utvic
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great post and advice Kathy thanks

Nov 25, 2013 09:00 PM #7
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Sandra DeVargas
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I agree, it is just as important to check our credit as it is to go the the Dr every year. It is part of having healthy credit...

Nov 25, 2013 09:32 PM #8
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Michael Setunsky
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Kathy, I also think it is a good idea to keep tabs on your credit.

Nov 25, 2013 09:48 PM #9
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Ralph Gorgoglione
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Kathy, some people may think checking credit so often is excessive, but if you consider the high rate of identity theft, it is a necessary chore.
Nov 25, 2013 10:11 PM #10
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Kat Palmiotti
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I agree, checking credit should be done on a regular basis. 

Nov 25, 2013 10:21 PM #12
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Jeff Stevens
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Kathy - when I was in high school a company claiming to be a video production company came to our school to "audition" for some extra work on music video's. They had everyone, me included, fill out paperwork which included our SS#'s so we could appear in said video. Well, you can probably guess the rest..it was a scam. It took me years to clear my name from that mess. Now days it is much easier for people to protect themselves from things like this. Good post.

Nov 25, 2013 10:24 PM #13
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Richie Alan Naggar
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I reached the point where I don't do credit. Own everything and pay cash or debit card now. I'm free, free at last. MLK

Nov 25, 2013 10:55 PM #14
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Suzanne Otto
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I've heard about that! There are creeps out there taking children's social security numbers. Where does it stop?!

People shouldn't just be checking their score, they have to monitor the activity too. Great advice Kathy.

Nov 25, 2013 11:05 PM #15
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Jordon Wheeler
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Good morning Kathy,

How sad for a child to start out life having to protect their social.  Thanks for the post and best of GREAT success to you always! 

Nov 25, 2013 11:23 PM #16
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Kathy, it´s become a semi-monthly routind for me.  I´ve never had a problem, but is sure is best to nip anything in the bud.

Nov 25, 2013 11:40 PM #17
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Mike Cooper, GRI
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Amen, Kathy. I did sign up for Lifelock this year to have a monitoring source when I'm not, and so far, I've been very satisfied. 

Nov 26, 2013 12:16 AM #18
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Kathy: Great advice. Most of my clients appear to have an idea of what their credit looks like. Thanks!

Nov 26, 2013 02:07 AM #20
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Bill and MaryAnn Wagner
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Kathy,

Never even considered it. We monitor our credit, but now we'll start checking the kids also. Thanks!

Nov 26, 2013 02:19 AM #21
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Bryan Robertson
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I haven't checked my son's number so it would be interesting to find out if it's being used anywhere it shouldn't.

Nov 26, 2013 02:31 AM #22
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Patrick Kelly
Kemah Properties - Kemah, TX
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creditkarma.com will also give you your credit score, and does not require a credit card number like some other "free" sites. annualcreditreport..com will pull your credit for free once a year.

Nov 26, 2013 03:08 AM #23
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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Excellent advice, Kathy ... as this type of stealing and fraud is on the rise.  Unsuspecting victims don't know it until they themselves apply for credit when they're older.  Best to keep watch on a consistent basis ...a

Congrats on a great Feature!  (And Happy Thanksgiving!)

Gene 

Nov 26, 2013 06:04 AM #24
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Always good to keep on top of how your credit is doing, especially with all of the identity theft.

Nov 26, 2013 07:37 AM #25
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Sussie Sutton
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That has become such a problem! I wish people would just be honest! Good Grief!

Nov 26, 2013 11:17 PM #26
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