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Prequalification Soft Pulls

A soft credit check is a credit report that does not hurt the consumer's credit score, does not place an inquiry on their credit report, and requires the customer's written permission to pull their report.

Typically, a soft pull is used when a company wants to know whether or not their customer would qualify for a loan if they applied. This will help the business present correct pricing terms and suitable loan products.
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Hard Credit Checks

A hard credit check is used when a customer is  applying for a loan.  As such, a pre-qualification soft pull is not a replacement for a hard pull. A hard pull still must be ran when giving a loan, they just don't need to be used on every prospective client that wants to know if they qualify and what their terms would be.
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Should I use a
Soft or Hard Pull?

Great question! The answer is both!

You should use a soft pull when a customer asks: what will my rate be? Will I be approved? What loan product is best suitable for me?  In short, a soft pull is best used when matching a potential customer to a loan product, and proposing terms. Since the data is the same on both types of pulls, you would run a hard pull once the customer formally applies after the terms are negotiated and the agreement in principle has been met.
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If I still have to run a hard pull, why would I run a soft pull?

Running a soft pull first is not only the best thing for your company, but it serves your client best too. It's great for you because you will be able to see if you client qualifies before spending time, money, and resources spent on an unqualified prospect. Consider the soft pull a magic wand that tells you your customer's credit right at the beginning of the sales cycle.

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Your customer prefers a soft pull first... here is why:

A hard pull has effects and requirements that a soft pull does not. 1) It will put a hard inquiry on their report, even if they do not get the loan. 2) It requires them to fill out a lengthly credit application and divulge their Social Security number and date of birth. They may not be ready for all that when all they are asking for is a rate.
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Soft v. Hard Pull Comparison Chart

Feature/Use
Soft Pulls
Hard Pulls
Agency
Social profiles
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
Team members
Unlimited
100
Unlimited
Competitors per profile
10
30
500
Industry Benchmark
Conversations
Tags and mentions
Monitoring
Popular
$199
/month
Advanced
$299
/month
Agency
$499
/month
Conversations
Comments export
Customized feeds
Additional feed
Tags and mentions feed
Tags and mentions feed
Data on the Reports
Soft Pulls
Hard Pulls
FICO® Scores
Yes
Yes
Tradelines
Yes
Yes
Inquiries
Yes
Yes
Collections
Yes
Yes
Public Records
Yes
Yes
Employment History
Yes
Yes
Feature
Popular
$199
/month
Advanced
$299
/month
Potentially Lowers Score
No
Yes
Places Hard Inquiry on Report
No
Yes
Requires Social Security Number
No
Yes
Requires Date of Birth
No
Yes
Can present terms to client
Yes
Yes
Can effectuate a loan
No
Yes
Requires borrowers consent
Yes
Yes

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Benefits of using soft pulls

Spend more time on qualified prospects
When you know the credit of all of the prospects in your lead pool, you will be able to focus your efforts on the prospects with good credit.
Spend less time on deals that don't qualify
Understanding your client's credit right out of the gate will save you time and money spent on unqualified prospects.
Generate more revenue and close more deals
By focusing your sales department on deals that have great credit, and cutting out time spent on deals that have no chance of closing, you will optimize your valuable resources and end up closing more deals!

The most reliable data on the market

The most important thing about soft pulls is that it is the exact same data and information as on a hard pull. There is literally zero difference in the data on the reports. With this, you can confidently prequalify a client with a soft pull, knowing when you or the lender subsequently goes to close on the loan with a hard pull there will be no deviation or score decrease.

Full Credit Reports from TransUnion and/or Equifax

Accurate credit scores from FICO and/or Vantage.

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Industy Specific FICO® Scores
Industry-specific FICO® Scores are versions optimized for a particular type of credit product, such as credit card or auto loan.  The fundamentals of industry specific versions are based on the original FICO® Score, though tailored to analyze risk behaviors relevant to particular industries.
FICO® Score Versions
As consumer behavior changes over time, FICO® updates scoring to reflect the change. For example, consumers use credit much more now they did in the past. iSoftpull has access to resell all versions and can append multiple versions to each consumer's credit report.

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