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A new mortgage-friendly credit score

FICO and CoreLogic debut a new score that could help consumers who would otherwise have difficulty securing a home loan.

By MSN Money Partner Jul 17, 2012 12:49PM

This post comes from Jeanine Skowronski at partner site on MSN MoneyFICO and CoreLogic have unveiled a new score designed to help lenders better determine who should be awarded a mortgage. The score could help consumers who would otherwise have difficulty getting a home loan because it incorporates new, nontraditionial data.


Image: Rear view of a mid adult couple holding hands looking at a house (© Stockbyte/Getty Images)The data -- furnished by CoreLogic, which unveiled an alternate version of the traditional credit report back in December -- includes rental history, property records and tax lien information and data on short-term lending, such as payday loans. FICO is providing the analytics.


"We felt (the score) was important because of where we are in the economic cycle and how tight credit has gotten," FICO executive Joanne Gaskin said. The score is intended to address unknown risks and could prevent consumers from getting turned down simply because there is not enough information available regarding their credit history.


In addition to simply seeing the new score, lenders will also have the option of pulling a composite score that incorporates information from CoreLogic's database with information provided by major credit reporting agencies Equifax and TransUnion.


Gaskin said Experian has yet to agree to furnish data. (Its lack of participation is probably related to the bureau's recently unveiled Extended View score, which incorporates similar data in an attempt to help consumers with thin files secure loans. FICO competitor VantageScore provides the analytics.)

FICO says the score was developed following conversations with lenders, and it is optimistic the new score will be embraced by the lending community.


"We do have a number of clients who are getting ready to go into a testing or validation phase," Gaskin said.


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Jul 20, 2012 12:07AM
edit communiyIf ,like many of us, you've had to get your credit score, you have found things there that you have no idea what they are . Then you go to get it corrected, sorry about your luck, cause you cannot do that, so say the credit reporting agencies,because they don't want to. That would cost them money to change your rating.What has always been needed was an alternative to the big three , Hello, here we go FICO decided that they would look at what everyday working people have to do ,and that is short term loans, gotten at a premium,but, paid on time, Huge money for little cash advances, from some not so friendly companies, but necessary finances for some people having to put food on the table for thier families,or to pay those bills that have to be paid on time. That's better than our government does and sometimes better than some companies do at any time. So, finally, the credit  reporting agencies have to  realize the fact that ,they are not the only game in town, nor are they the best. They have wokeup to the fact that , just because you have slow payments or a skeptical payment history, does not make you a bad risk, some companies need to look at this because the public does a better job than they do, to include governments, at least they are attempting to pay thier bills.  The credit community needs to take stock in the fact that , if you keep hammering the people making every attempt to pay thier bills ,you will find yourselves on the wrong end of the buisness cycle. These people are going to do what they have to, to buy food, clothes, shelter,for thier families, no matter what. And this is for the credit reporting agencies , they will do this with or without you.  
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