Credit scores play a major role in your ability to do many different things in life, ranging from getting a mortgage or car loan to being approved for renting an apartment. A good credit score can also secure a lower interest rate when you do receive financing for a large purchase. It pays to have a good credit score and rebuilding a damaged credit score can take time.
There are two new ways to boost your credit score. These new programs include the UltraFICO from Fair Issac, the creator of the FICO Score, and Experian Boost. These two new programs can potentially help you increase your score, especially if you have a limited credit history or have a lower credit score.
The first of these scores, the UltraFICO was launched in January 2019 and is planned on being available to most lenders in the U.S. by mid-2019. The program is part of a joint venture with FICO, Experian and Finicity. UltraFICO allows FICO to look at a consumer’s bank and financial accounts to show lenders that you do have savings and the money available to make loan or credit payments if approved for financing.
FICO anticipates that this program will benefit approximately seven out of ten consumers whose financial accounts can show a history of good savings and financial behavior. Even consumers who do not have a FICO score currently could still be eligible to receive an UltraFICO score.
This score could be more beneficial to someone who has a rather large bank balance but a limited credit history. So long as the consumer can show he or she can save money responsibly, the fact that he or she has not applied for credit much in the past will not hurt them with the UltraFICO score.
One point to keep in mind is UltraFICO is only available for loans or credit cards that are applied for with a lender who uses Experian. If the lender uses Equifax or TransUnion, the borrower will not be able to take advantage of this opportunity. Before applying for the loan or credit, as the company which credit bureau they use to review new applicants. If the company says they do not use Experian, it may be advisable to use another institution if you believe the UltraFICO score will help you.
Another program is set to be released in the early months of 2019, known as Experian Boost. The Experian Boost program is different from UltraFICO in that it allows lenders to review the borrower’s financial history through their bank accounts, specifically related to utility bill payments. The key is not to see that a consumer has a sizeable savings but rather a demonstrated, good history of paying his or her utility payments in a timely manner over a set span of time. Also, unlike the UltraFICO score, the data found through this review is added automatically and directly to your Experian credit report. The borrower must opt in to allow his or her utility information to be visible in the Experian credit report, and if the results are positive, they will be posted immediately to the borrower’s Experian score. Borrowers are allowed to sign up for early access to the program.
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