Too many credit inquiries pulled? What to do next

Have you had too many credit inquiries pulled?  It sometimes causes problems when applying for a business loan.    Business owners get turned down for a business loan for having too many inquiries. This article will consider what to do if your credit has been pulled too many times.

Other helpful actions
Recent credit inquiries
inquiries from mortgage companies
and car loans

Talk to a representative
Ask for the criteria
Hard or soft pull

too many credit inquiries pulled

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FAQ Frequently asked questions on too many credit inquiries pulled

I applied for business loans. What can I do if I had a lot of inquiries pulled?
Review the inquiries to see if you did apply and submit applications or requests with all
of the lenders. If not then you can dispute the inquires that were not valid with the credit bureau
and request they be removed. If you intend on applying for more business loans then you can ask
in advance if they credit pulls will be hard or soft pulls. A hard pull is still acceptable if you are interested
in the program.
How much do inquiries hurt my credit?
Credit inquires are the least damaging to your credit compared to late
payments and other derogatory credit items. Your credit score typically will recover
from credit inquires more faster than late payments.
I am applying for a business loan. Can I just give the lender a copy of my credit
report and tell them to use my copy and not pull my credit.
Your own copy of your credit report is not accepted by lenders. They want to pull
their own credit report and sometimes look at all three credit bureaus. They do not want to
begin accepting outside credit reports. Consumers get credit outdated credit reports from many
different third parties vendors that may not contain the most updated information. Those reports have different formats
and may not have anything that happened since the consumer pulled their own report, such as filing
bankruptcy or any newly reported derogatory credit. Lenders do not want it to be known that they
are accepting outside credit reports from consumers otherwise some consumers will demand it and lenders
can be accused of inconsistent and discriminatory business, credit and lending practices from one applicant to another.
How do too many inquiries hurt my credit?
The main way too many credit inquires hurt your credit is by lowering your credit score short term.
This is especially true if you a significant number of inquires in a short period of times such as one or two weeks.
Can I get a business loan without having lenders checking my personal credit?
Not much. Lenders sometimes are able to check credit in bulk at the credit bureau and
issue pre-approvals based on basic numerical factors. Later in almost all cases, credit will be checked
before an offer is made and funding takes place. You should not expect to be able to get a business loan
without personal credit being pulled.

“I had my credit pulled too many times and can’t get a loan.” A broker sent my file out a bunch of lenders and now I can’t get approved for a business loan.  What can I do?
They told me my file has been shopped and I have too many inquiries.   What kind of business loan can I get now?
“They pulled my credit too many times”

In general, your credit and credit score recovers from inquiries faster than any other type of derogatory or adverse action.    A credit inquiry may drop your score a few points for a relatively short amount of time.

Do inquiries hurt my credit?

A credit inquiry is often part of the process of applying for credit and should not be considered a negative by the applicant.  Lenders also know that applicants will have some inquiries.

How many inquiries are too many?

There is not one single answer to the question of how many inquiries are too many.   This varies on a case by case basis.    Older credit files can have more inquiries before they are impacted.  Another  difference is that some inquiries are necessary and some credit inquires you cannot avoid.

Options if too many credit inquiries were pulled.

Other helpful actions

Actions you can take if your credit has been pulled too many times

recent credit inquiries

Count the most recent credit inquiries. Keep a basic idea in mind of which companies the credit inquires are from.   Make lenders aware of the credit inquiries in advance.    Some lenders will then manually review and consider the inquiries and possibly overturn any denial.

Inquiries from Mortgage Companies and Car loans

If some inquiries are from mortgage companies or for car loans, those may not be count against you.   Tell the lender if you have these.

Talk to a representative

When applying for financing, try to talk to a representative that knows the lender’s criteria and can talk to you about it.   Ask in advance if they will decline for too many inquiries within a certain amount of time.

Ask for the criteria

Ask for the criteria. Ask lenders as much about their criteria as you can.   You may be able to find out that you will very likely be declined for a business loan or personal loan.   You can decide not to apply and avoid the inquiry before it is even pulled.

Hard or soft pull
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