25% of Americans Have Credit Scores under 600

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that 25% of Americans now have credit scores less than 600. This compares to 15% before the recession.

This means one in four consumers cannot get a mortgage loans unless they qualify for some special program. 650 is the cutoff score for Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac to accept mortgage loans. Persons with such scores will have a tough time getting a car loan at a reasonable rate. Landlords may not rent to them. Employers may not hire them.

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