We often have applicants come to us arguing that the credit score that appears in the Verify Tenant report is lower than the one they pulled online just a week before. “There must be an error with your system,” they say.
As disappointing as it may be to find that your score is lower in the report being used by your landlord or management company than that you pulled online, the fact is that there is no error. The difference between the two credit scores may be due to one of the following factors:
While both VantageScore and FICO use similar data to compute your score - payment history, balance and debt, credit behavior - the algorithms used to arrive at your credit score are different, thus generating variations in the scores they each provide.
The main advantage of VantageScores is that they are free, allowing consumers to track their credit history often.
It’s a good thing to keep an eye on your credit, no matter which source you use, but when applying for loans or residency, save yourself the disappointment and find out which source the decision maker will be using.
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