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FICO score is becoming more consumer accessible

This is an improvement credit applicants can cheer about. For instance, when a house is purchased with a mortgage the borrower's credit credentials are pulled and in most cases the company providing it is Fair Isaac Corporation, the home of the well-known FICO score. It's used to get a look at the consumer's past credit history and then evaluate the future risk he may pose. Over the years it has been for most borrowers kind of a mysterious entity they hear a lot about from real estate agents and mortgage consultants but they never really got to understand what all it does. That is changing as we speak. Or in this case, write.

A few years ago Fair Isaac launched a Scores on Statements initiative that lets participating banks offer their customers a free FICO score with their online accounts. It also includes information on how they can pro-actively manage their credit ratings and this way possibly fine-tune the score before applying for a major loan like a mortgage. So far there are around 1.5 million consumers nationally who have access to this service.

Obviously there is a fee a bank has to pay to get authorized to offer the Scores on Statements program, but it still is a major step forward toward taking the veil of secrecy out of the all-powerful FICO score. Everyone ought to be in the know about where their stand on credit. It simply has too much influence on our daily lives to be ignored, from applying for a home loan to perhaps being a decisive factor in getting a job. The initiative is still very small in size but hopefully it'll gain much wider acceptance in the near future.




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Esko Kiuru
Mortgage, real estate and apartment industry analyst - syndicated mortgage, housing and property management blog
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Comment balloon 4 commentsEsko Kiuru • January 20 2009 04:42PM


Esko I have not seen that offered around here yet, but I think it is a great idea and hope that it makes its way to Connecticut soon.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 10 years ago

Esko, this is news to me.  Sounds like something of benefit to the account holder.  The free credit reports we get don't have our FICO scores on them, after all.  I'll have to ask locally to see if anyone is offering this.  Thanks.

Posted by Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873), GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay | (eXp Realty LLC) about 10 years ago


Although it has been around a few years it isn't that widely spread yet. I wish it were.

Posted by Esko Kiuru about 10 years ago


In this day and age consumers ought to be more involved in their credit rating.

Posted by Esko Kiuru about 10 years ago