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SmartSelect is a bureau selection feature which allows an end-user to configure which bureaus to access based on a specific set of criteria. This cascading LOS ordering platform allows a single bureau, or bi-merge, credit report to be upgraded by adding additional bureau data once a pre-defined benchmark(s), primarily a FICO score requirement, have been met.

SmartSelect Modes

Birchwood currently offers four different SmartSelect options via your LOS software:

  • Single Bureau Cascade: When the credit report is ordered, if the first-choice bureau is unavailable or if a score is not returned, second-choice bureau will be ordered. If a score cannot be obtained from the second bureau, a third bureau will be ordered. This will improve the chances end users will receive at least one bureau successfully.
  • 1-3 Upgrade: If the first bureau meets the score and guideline bureaus, the file will upgrade to a tri-merge.

  • 1-2-3 Upgrade: This mode will pull all bureaus one by one and check the results against the requirements. If the first bureau meets the requirements, the second bureau will be pulled. If the second meets the requirements, then the last bureau will be ordered.

  • 2-3 Upgrade: This mode will pull 2 bureaus and if any meet the requirements, the last bureau will be ordered.

In addition to the pre-defined scoring criteria, the following attributes can also be added as part of the upgrade criteria:

  • Cumulative collection balances greater than $____.
  • No late payments on mortgage accounts within the past ____ months, not to exceed 36 months.

  • Bankruptcy filings within the past ____ months.

  • Delinquent child support accounts.

  • Unreleased federal tax liens.

  • Defaulted student loans.

  • Disputed accounts.

  • Foreclosure, short sale, or deed-in-lieu within past 7 years.


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