Big Three CRAs Will Remove Many Tax Liens & Judgments from Credit Reports

Acting through their trade association, Experian, Equifax and TransUnion announced they will remove many tax liens and civil judgments from credit reports starting July 1, 2017. This will improve credit scores of millions of people. The data will disappear if it does not include a complete list of at least three data points: a person’s name, address and either a social security number or date of birth. Many liens and most judgments don’t include all three or four. This change will apply to new tax-lien and judgments added to credit reports as well as existing data on the reports. In addition, if public...

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Millions of Consumers Are “Credit Invisible”

Millions of Consumers Are “Credit Invisible” The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has a report on the 26 million Americans who are “credit invisible.” The Bureau found that one in every 10 adults do not have any credit history with a nationwide consumer reporting agency. About 189 million Americans have credit records that can be scored. The report also found that Black consumers, Hispanic consumers, and consumers in low-income neighborhoods are more likely to have no credit history with a nationwide consumer reporting agency or not enough current credit history to produce a credit score. Another 19 million consumers have unscored...

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Credit Reporting by Mortgage Companies After Short Sales

Credit Reporting by Mortgage Companies After Short Sales In recent years, thousands of California homeowners sold their homes in short sales. In a short sale, the borrower sells the home to a third party for an amount that falls short of the outstanding loan balance. An open question has been whether the bank or mortgage company may collect the balance of the account from the borrower (absent an agreement to waive the balance). On January 21, 2016, the California Supreme Court held that no deficiency results after a short sale of an owner occupied property of four units or less....

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Specialized Credit Reports You Don’t Know About

Specialized Credit Reports You Don’t Know About Credit.com has a report on some relatively unknown credit reports. For example, Equifax has a report it calls “work number” that provides employment and income verification data obtained from private companies. Fannie Mae said mortgage companies could use this report in lieu of pay stubs effective mid-2016. Landlords often look at applicants’ credit reports before deciding whether to rent an apartment or other living space. There are many such credit reports that include former addresses, eviction history and the like. Cable companies and utilities have an “exchange” with information on customers’ history of...

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Whether to Dispute Errors Online or by Letters

Whether to Dispute Errors Online or by Letters We and other consumer advocates have long advised consumers to send disputes to the credit reporting agencies by mail rather than using the agencies’ online option. The main reason for using old-fashioned mail was that there was no way to send in documents to the agencies to show the consumer is right and the reports are wrong. Now, however, the bureaus online systems allow consumers the ability to upload documents, such as documents showing proof of payment. Consumers understandably like the online option because it is easier and faster. There is still...

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