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  • Do home equity loans affect your credit score?

    New study analyzes 2,500 borrowers to find out
    Despite record amounts of home equity, fewer homeowners are tapping into this source of wealth. While a number of factors contribute to this fact, could concerns about a home equity loan's effect on credit score play a role? To determine the impact a home equity loan could have on a borrower's credit profile, LendingTree analyzed data from 2,500 consumers to see how their credit scores changed in the months after they took out a loan, and the results may surprise you.
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  • Experian offering potentially higher credit scores in exchange for access to people’s bank accounts

    Will use utility, cell phone payments to calculate FICO score
    Experian wants access to consumers’ bank accounts as part of an effort to help people boost their credit scores. Experian announced Tuesday that it is launching a new program called “Experian Boost.” Through the program, consumers grant access to their bank accounts to allow Experian to use utility and telecommunications payments in the calculation of their credit score.
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  • Equifax launches soft credit checks for multifamily industry

    Landlords can now check credit without hurting credit scores
    Credit reporting agency Equifax announced Monday it will allow landlords to check prospective tenants' credit without it affecting their credit score. The company created a soft credit check designed for the multifamily industry, saying this will help those who might already have a thin credit file.
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  • FHFA issues new rule effectively prohibiting Fannie and Freddie from using VantageScore

    Regulators cites conflict of interest as concern in alternative credit score proposal
    Anyone hoping that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may soon start using VantageScore as an alternative to their current FICO credit scoring model is about to get a cold dose of reality. The FHFA announced this week that it is issuing new rules surrounding the adoption of alternative credit scoring rules. Chief among those rules is a provision that would prohibit the GSEs from using the VantageScore credit scoring model because of conflicts of interest with the company’s backers.
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  • Here’s how you can get a perfect 850 credit score

    And is it really worth it?
    There are a lot of actions Americans can take to improve their credit score such as making payments on time, keeping credit balances under 30% of the limit and taking out a range of credit types. But while this will improve your credit, how do you get it perfect?
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  • FICO: Student debt creates a pull on credit scores

    Practices of consumers who see an increase in credit score
    In today’s competitive housing market, there are many factors that help determine whether a person is ready to buy – rather than rent – their next home. To better understand the profile of individuals who are taking the next step in their financial journey, FICO researched how previous financial milestones impact the readiness to open a mortgage among Millennials.
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  • New FICO model could boost credit scores for millions

    New model taps into consumer banking data
    Experian, FICO and Finicity announced a new credit scoring model that could expand credit access for millions of Americans. The new model, UltraFICO, would look at more than just information reported to the three credit-reporting firms. It would go deeper still and look at the consumer’s banking data, including their checking and savings accounts.
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