Yes, the Bank of America Cash Rewards Secured card does a hard pull on your credit report when you apply. Even with the hard inquiry, you can still get approved for the Bank of America Cash Rewards Secured credit card with bad credit.
You can prequalify for the Bank of America Cash Rewards Secured card on Bank of America's pre-qualification page, which will not affect your credit score as it will be a soft pull. However, if you do prequalify and want to get the card, you will need to submit an actual application which will result in a hard pull.
A hard pull usually causes an applicant's credit score to drop by 5-10 points. Most people’s scores bounce back within 3-6 months with responsible credit management, but it can take up to 12 months. You can learn more about how to minimize the credit score damage here.
Yes, Bank of America does have pre-qualification. Bank of America has an online pre-qualification page where potential applicants can quickly check their odds of approval for certain Bank of America credit cards before they actually apply for one. Current Bank of America customers may also receive pre-qualified offers periodically by e-mail or when logging into their card’s online account. And in some cases, Bank of America will send people pre-qualified offers for a specific credit card...
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