We were able to ask Ken Venable with CREDCO about FICO Scores and what the fallacies and models used today. We are hoping to clear the air – because there’s so much information available now… and some of it is just plain misleading.
For instance the “Free Credit Score.com” jingle that folks listen to, and then PAY for doesn’t have a matrix that is anywhere close to the “Mortgage” matrix we must use to score you! We’ve seen many people who thought their credit score was “up” to 640 – when we pulled it and found that the score was actually 618, the customer thought we were crazy! We weren’t… there’s just a difference between a Mortgage Report Score, A Medical Credit Score, and a Retail Credit Score.
Each credit bureau uses a “Score Logic” that is slightly different from one agency to another. Meaning that if 4 different people pull your credit, you might get a slightly different score – especially if the person pulling your credit doesn’t note that you are a junior… or if they have the wrong zip code! That’s right, entering the wrong street address can change your score, slightly.
A credit report is just a snapshot in time… think about someone taking a picture of you in one day. Well, they might get a picture of you at Starbucks, at your desk, in a meeting – you move during your day. Creditors can submit information to the Bureaus on any given day at any given time – so the snapshot (or pull of your credit) on a given day by different people might have slightly different scores. It doesn’t happen often – but it can happen. [Read more...]