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CoreLogic Credit Report and Score: Always Watching You

CoreLogic, a company that already works with lenders to consolidate credit reports from the three reporting bureaus, is developing a new credit report and score. The company believes its information, culled from public sources and proprietary databases, could give lenders, employers, and any other company that wants to evaluate an individual’s risk, a more accurate picture of that individual. This new credit report will go far beyond reports from Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian.

In addition to the traditional information already available on typical credit reports, the new CoreLogic “CoreScore” report includes:

  • Rent payment history, with missed payments being negative.
  • Payday loan applications and payment history.
  • Evictions, with any record being negative.
  • Child support or other court judgments, with any record being negative.
  • Property lax liens.
  • The value of real estate property owned.
  • Home ownership fee payment history.

CoreLogic claims that it can receive new information about a transaction or inquiry within 23 days, two months faster than the other credit bureaus. The company’s databases already have 1 billion consumer transaction records covering 99.9 percent of the United States population.

Like the credit reports from Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion, most information on the CoreLogic report will remain for seven years.

How to obtain a copy of the report

The new report is already available to lenders, but it won’t be available for free through for another year, and the score calculation will not be available until March, after CoreLogic works with FICO to develop the formula. Consumers will be able to challenge any item on the report that is inaccurate, and considering the source for some information is publicly available information, I expect a high rate of inaccuracy.

Until the new report is available online, you’ll need to order the report directly if you’d like to review the information for any errors to dispute.

To order a CoreLogic “CoreScore” report, call 877-532-8778 or mail CoreLogic Credco, LLC, P.O. Box 509124, San Diego, CA 92150. You’ll need to include proof of your identity, proof of your address, your first, middle, and last name, Social Security number, current and previous addresses, and date of birth.

The effect of this new report on consumers

As a result of this new report, individuals who currently have a clean credit report but owe more on their home than its market value, even if they pay their mortgage on time every month, could now have this information provided to prospective lenders who will likely interpret this as negative. People who were not considered a risk without the CoreLogic report could now be unable to qualify for the best mortgage interest rates.

Having more information and a potential for a wider variety of blemishes, lenders will be more inclined to offer higher interest rates on loans or deny credit entirely. As these records focus on problems that affect poor individuals, like evictions, payday loans, and child support, it reduces even further access to credit for society’s neediest.

There’s also a possibility for marks to remain on the report that could be interpreted as negative despite legitimate circumstances. Renters have rights, and in some cases, can refuse to pay rent due to actions by the landlord. Nevertheless, lenders will likely see missed rent payments as a sign of risk. Since the missed payments are not inaccurate, the information can’t be disputed. You may be able to attach a comment to the report, but the new score that will be calculated based on the information will likely be affected negatively regardless of the comment.

What do you think of the new CoreLogic credit report and score? Is it a further invasion of consumer privacy or a better way for lenders to assess consumer risk?

New York Times, CoreLogic


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