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    FHFA on credit score delivery: forgotten lessons

    Multiple versions of a credit model may lead to added cost and complexity
    Recently, FHFA posted a Request for Input asking for opinions concerning options for changing the delivery of credit scores to the GSEs, underwriters and investors. FHFA is considering various options to change the current system. Any such choice, in the end, is the outcome of a detailed cost-benefit analysis, but while FHFA acknowledges this, they fall short of providing the necessary framework for reaching an informed conclusion.
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  • Keep credit scores independent and reliable for the mortgage market

    What would a credit-bureau controlled credit score look like?
    [Expert commentary] Tucked into the U.S. Senate’s recently passed financial regulatory reform bill is a provision that has nothing to do with regulatory relief for community banks, freeing up capital in financial institutions, or enhancing consumer protections. FICO explains what it thinks a credit-bureau generated credit score would mean for mortgage finance.
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  • VantageScore: Director Watt, don’t waste this opportunity

    Mel Watt, the director of the FHFA, has a decision to make
    [Expert Commentary] As regulator and conservator of the GSEs, Mel Watt, the director of the FHFA, has a decision to make. He could open the GSEs’ credit score requirements to include other credit scoring models– broadening access to mainstream mortgage financing without lowering standards and in the process eliminating the scoring monopoly created by the GSEs.
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  • Can scoring trended data help lenders expand credit access?

    And what’s keeping 50 million credit invisible in the U.S.
    [Expert Commentary] Americans who don’t have a FICO Score present both an opportunity and a challenge for lenders. Some lenders are asking can scoring trended data, or more accurately trended credit bureau data, as some credit score companies claim, actually help expand credit access to these consumers? The short answer is no and here’s why.
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  • From HW Magazine

    Harnessing the power of alternative data

    When Facebook meets FICO
    The secret sauce of underwriting varies from lender to lender and is often a closely guarded secret. Increasingly important is the use of “alternative data” – a variety of information about a prospective borrower that, while not directly related to credit, has proven to hold great predictive value. Using alternative data means a lot of data to sort through and find patterns. Accordingly, the latest advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning are put to work by lenders and data providers to get the most out of this data.
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  • Low credit score? In some markets you'll qualify for a mortgage, but not for a lease

    Hottest renting markets require credit scores over 700
    An analysis into some the most competitive markets in the U.S. shows buying a home is not only financially better than renting, but it could also be easier to qualify for. A new study from RENTCafé shows many of the nation’s hottest renting markets expect tenants to hold FICO scores of at least 700.
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  • Watt: Shift away from FICO is among “most complicated” decisions for FHFA

    FHFA considering alternative credit scoring but it’s going to take time
    Just as he did back in August in a speech before the National Association of Real Estate Brokers’ 70th annual convention in New Orleans, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt told the crowd at the Mortgage Bankers Association Annual meeting in Denver not to hold their breath waiting for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to begin using alternative credit scoring models.
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