Does Credit Inquires hurt your Credit Score?

A credit inquiry is an item on your credit report that shows with permission a creditor requested your free credit report.

Not all credit inquiries affect your credit score:
You may notice when you pull your credit report there are inquiries on there from a business you are not familiar with. The only inquiry that affects your credit score is the one where you are applying for credit. This is considered a hard pull on your report.

Inquiries that affect your credit score:
There is only one type of inquiry that affects your credit score. This type of inquiry is applications for a mortgage, auto loan and other credit, by you authorizing these creditors to access your credit report. This type of inquiry prompted by your own actions ends up on your personal credit report and affects your score.

An inquiry that does not affect your credit score:
Checking your own personal credit report or any business that offers goods and services that requests your report. A business that you already have a account with that requests a check. A potential employer that does credit checks. Some of these types of inquiries might show up on your report but do not affect your credit score.

Checking your credit report does not affect your Credit Score:
Checking your credit report on a regular basis to ensure it is accurate and error free is recommended by Fair Isaac the inventor of the FICO Score. Maintaining a error free credit report is part of credit management which will improve your credit rating over time. Ordering your credit report at does not hurt your credit score.

How credit inquiries are factored in your Credit Score:
There are five types of information used to calculate your credit score. Each category accounts towards a percentage of your score.

Payment History – 35%
Amounts Owed – 30%
Length of Credit History – 15%
Types of Credit in use – 10%
New Credit – 10%

Don’t let inquires scare you. There is nothing wrong with shopping for a better rate, or better terms on a loan. As you can see in the about chart, payment history is the biggest factor in calculation process of your credit score. The second biggest factor is how much of your approved credit limits are charged up. But of course you don’t want to go out and start applying for every credit offer out there either. Be responsible and have a good mix of credit, but stay away from too much credit as well You really on need 3 lines of credit reporting on your credit report.
1. credit card
2. car note
3. installment loan

This type of credit mix accounts for 10% of your score.

2 Responses to “Does Credit Inquires hurt your Credit Score?”

  1. SpaghettiBender says:

    If I am reading this right, then, using a credit monitoring service will not affect my score even if they check all three reports?
    That’s good news. I was afraid it would be considered a hard pull.

  2. Credt Guru says:

    No sir, you are fine. Does not hurt your score what so ever.

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