FICO Archive

Softening the Credit Choke Hold

By all credible measures, access to credit has been constrained in recent years. The market appears to have loosened in the spring of 2015 though, followed by another modest improvement in the late summer. However, credit remains tight by...

A Looming Renaissance in Special Financing?

Most REALTORS® are not familiar with the nuances of mortgage regulation … they are busy brokering real estate deals.  However, many noticed that it became more difficult to find funding for special clients two to three years ago.  The...

REALTORS® Reported High Credit Score Requirements Are Easing

Qualifying for a mortgage is still generally difficult, although becoming easier, according to the February 2015 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey. About 52 percent of REALTORS® providing transaction credit score information reported FICO credit scores in the range of 620-740;...

Consumer Interest in Housing Gains Momentum

The Federal Reserve Board of New York released its update to the Survey of Consumer Expectations this morning.  Consumer optimism toward housing has improved significantly at the lower credit spectrum from last spring, and remains robust at the middle...

New Credit Models Could Help, Someday

The Fair Isaac Corporation recently introduced a new scoring model. The model could help to expand credit to first-time and minority groups. But there is a problem: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, who support the majority of the mortgage...