What is EMS?
EMS is short for Equifax Mortgage Services/Solutions.
Equifax Mortgage Services (EMS) is a division of Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus in the United States. EMS specializes in providing credit reporting and risk management services to mortgage lenders, helping them make informed decisions when extending credit to potential borrowers.
Why is EMS on your credit report?
EMS may be on your credit report as a hard inquiry. When you apply for a mortgage, the lender needs to evaluate your creditworthiness to determine the level of risk associated with lending you money.
To do this, they turn to credit bureaus like Equifax and request copies of your credit reports. EMS handles these requests on behalf of Equifax, conducting the necessary checks and providing the lender with the information they need to assess your application.
The Difference Between Hard and Soft Inquiries
It’s essential to understand the difference between hard and soft inquiries to better manage your credit score.
Hard Inquiries and Their Impact
Hard inquiries occur when you apply for new credit, and the lender or creditor runs a credit check. They are visible to other potential lenders and can have a slight negative impact on your credit history.
Soft Inquiries and Their Impact
Soft inquiries are less invasive and typically occur when a company or lender checks your credit history as part of a routine background check or to prequalify you for a promotional offer. Importantly, soft inquiries do not negatively impact your credit score and are not visible to potential lenders or creditors when they check your credit profile.
How long do hard inquiries stay on your credit report?
Regardless of the outcome of your mortgage application, hard inquiries will stay on your credit report for a period of up to 2 years. Whenever you initiate an inquiry, it is documented by one, two, or all three of the major credit bureaus, namely Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.
Tips for Managing Hard Inquiries on Your Credit Report
While it’s true that hard inquiries can have a slight negative impact on your credit scores, there are ways to minimize their effect:
1. Space out your credit applications
Avoid applying for multiple credit products within a short period, as this can signal to lenders that you may be experiencing financial difficulties. Instead, space out your applications, and only apply for credit when necessary.
2. Comparison shop within a short window
When shopping for a mortgage or other large loan, submit all your applications within a short timeframe, typically 14–45 days. Many credit scoring models will count multiple hard inquiries for the same type of loan as a single inquiry if they occur within this window, minimizing their impact on your credit scores.
Monitoring Your Credit Report for Unauthorized Inquiries
It’s crucial to regularly review your credit reports for unauthorized inquiries or other suspicious activity. You’re entitled to a free annual credit report from each of the three credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion). Take advantage of this by requesting your reports and reviewing them for any discrepancies or inaccuracies.
Removing EMS from Your Credit Report
If you would like assistance in removing inquiries or other inaccurate negative items from your credit report, Credit Saint is a reputable credit repair company with a proven track record.
They can help you dispute and potentially remove various negative items from your credit report, such as:
- late payments
- charge offs
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