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  • FHFA flip-flops, won't blacklist VantageScore as FICO alternative for Fannie and Freddie

    FHFA removes pending prohibition on GSEs using credit bureau-owned model
    In a rather surprising development, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Tuesday that it will allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to consider using VantageScore as an alternative to their current FICO credit scoring model, a dramatic reversal from a proposed rule issued late last year.
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  • CFPB study shows alternative credit models lead to more loans, cheaper loans

    Test shows one alternative credit model leads to 27% more loan approvals
    For the better part of this decade, there’s been a serious push to get the GSEs to use newer credit scoring models that consider factors such as a person’s bank account history or utility payments when determining their creditworthiness. That movement all but ended last year, when the FHFA said that it will not be authorizing the use of any new credit scoring model for several years, but a newly released study from the CFPB shows that using alternative credit models will not only lead to more borrowers getting loans, the loans they get will be cheaper too.
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  • Mortgages are now available for borrowers without credit scores

    Think you need a credit score to get a mortgage? Think again
    For the better part of this decade, there’s been a movement afoot to try to get the two main sources of mortgage financing, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to begin using newer credit scoring models that use factors like a person’s bank account history or utility payments as a consideration when determining their creditworthiness. But now, there's one mortgage company that will lend to borrowers who have no credit score at all.
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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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