The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, enforces the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), which prohibits credit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age, or because you get public assistance.
The law provides protections when you deal with any organizations or people who regularly extend credit, including banks, small loan, and finance companies, retail and department stores, credit card companies, and credit unions. Everyone who participates in the decision to grant credit or in setting the terms of that credit must comply with ECOA.
When You Apply for Credit, Creditors May Not...
A Special Note to Women
A good credit history often is necessary to get credit. This can hurt many married, separated, divorced, and widowed women. Typically, there are two reasons women don’t have credit histories in their own names: either they lost their credit histories when they married and changed their names, or creditors reported accounts shared by married couples in the husband’s name only.
If you’re married, separated, divorced, or widowed, contact your local credit reporting companies to make sure all relevant bill payment information is in a file under your own name.
National credit reporting companies sell the information in your report to creditors, insurers, employers, and other businesses that, in turn, use it to evaluate your applications for credit, insurance, employment, or renting a home.
If you suspect a creditor has discriminated against you:
Involving a Certified Divorce Lending Professional (CDLP™) early in the divorce settlement agreement can help the divorcing homeowners set the stage for successful mortgage financing in the future.
Divorce Mortgage Planning is the process of evaluating your mortgage options in the context of your overall financial objectives as they pertain to your divorcing situation. Working directly with your divorce team, a CDLP™ understands the intersection of divorce, tax, real estate, and mortgage financing. The role of the CDLP™ is to help you integrate the mortgage you select into your overall long and short financial and investment goals, to help you minimize your taxes, and to minimize your interest expense and maximize your cash flow.
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