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Week of Dec. 30th-Credit Score Boost? Cellphone, Utility Payments Soon to Get Factored In

December 30, 2018

Millions of consumers may soon see a boost to their credit scores, which could help when applying for a mortgage. One of the largest credit-reporting firms in the U.S., Experian PLC, announced it will give consumers the option to have their cellphone and utility payments factored into their credit scores early next year. About 46 million consumers who have limited credit data could instantly see an increase to their credit scores from the new data being added in, according to Experian.

 

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This marks the first time consumers will be able to have such data factored into their credit reports and scoring. It follows on the heels of several other changes. Fair Isaac Corp., the creator of the FICO credit score, will soon be launching a new credit score with Experian that will take into account a consumer’s history managing their checking and savings accounts. That move also could give consumers a boost to credit scores for those who at least keep several hundred dollars in their accounts and don’t overdraw



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