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How Do Lenders Use Your Credit Score?

You know your credit is important. You need a good credit score to lead the lifestyle you work hard to pay for, from a nice house to a reliable vehicle to take you places on the weekend. Your credit report is used by potential employers, apartment complexes, and insurance companies to help determine rates, as well as to get a sense of your character. But just how do lenders use your credit score?

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  • Define their risk. Let’s face it, credit lenders (primarily banks, credit card companies, and other financial institutions) need to make a profit to stay in business. If they lose too much money off customers who don’t pay their bills back, they fold. Hence, your credit score is used by a lender to primarily define your risk. If you have really good credit, odds are you will pay back your loan. If you have bad credit, the odds are definitely not in your favor. Like it or not, the way you pay your bills says something about you and your behavior, which lenders know and use to make wise credit-lending decisions. That being said, those with good credit can default, and those with bad credit can pay back their loans. But on average, your credit score still tells your risk level.
  • Less subjectivity. Because of discrimination laws enacted by both the federal and state governments, lenders need to have an objective way of approving and denying credit. This thereby prevents allegations of discrimination based on other factors, such as race, religion, or sexual orientation. All three major credit bureaus (Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax) use the same criteria across the board to determine credit scores, such as credit history, number of credit accounts open, and past due payments made. Thus, in short, lenders use credit scores to prevent lawsuits.


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