What the New Credit Score Models Mean for Homebuyers

Dated: April 3 2024

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Starting in 2025, new credit scoring models will be used by lenders to determine the creditworthiness of potential homebuyers. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will mandate the adoption of the new FICO Score 10T and VantageScore 4.0 by the end of the year. For those interested in buying a home, these changes will impact their ability to purchase. The good news is that these scores aim to be more inclusive and to show a fuller picture than the old classic FICO scores did. These new scores have been noted to have better accuracy, and consider alternative credit data, as well as traditionally reported credit cards and car payments. For example, VantageScore 4.0 allows borrowers to add on-time payments for rent, utilities, and telecom bills. For those with limited debt or who prefer to use cash, this is a big advantage when seeking credit. The introduction of these new credit scoring models offers more opportunity and accessibility to credit for more individuals. This is particularly true for those with limited credit history or strong alternative credit data. Additionally, the VantageScore 4.0 only requires one month of credit history to generate a score, while FICO 10T still requires at least six months. Overall, the launch of these credit scores is a significant step towards hopefully allowing access to homeownership to more Americans. By considering alternative credit, these scores may provide lenders a truer picture of the ability of a potential homebuyer to pay their loan and extend credit to those previously unable to qualify

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Inez McDonald

Having been raised in Lawrenceville, GA, I have had the opportunity to learn and appreciate Metro Atlanta and all that it has to offer. Throughout the decades, so many styles of homes have been and co....

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