Landlords aren’t required to report to the three most popular credit bureaus, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, so years of on-time rental payments don’t necessarily influence first-time homebuyers’ all-important credit scores when they apply for a mortgage, syndicated columnist Ken Harney wrote for The Columbus Dispatch.

But that’s changing, Harney writes. Experian and TransUnion are beginning to include rental payment histories into credit files and will use them to calculate credit scores, he notes.

Harney also points out there are alternative credit reporting services available to first-time homebuyers, such as ECredable.com, that incorporate payment history information that isn’t reported to the major credit bureaus, such as phone and cable payments.

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

Show Comments Hide Comments

Comments

Sign up for Inman’s Morning Headlines
What you need to know to start your day with all the latest industry developments
Success!
Thank you for subscribing to Morning Headlines.
Back to top
We are less than 1 week away from Inman Connect! Get your ticket for $99 before prices go up next week.GET YOUR TICKET×
Log in
If you created your account with Google or Facebook
Don't have an account?
Forgot your password?
No Problem

Simply enter the email address you used to create your account and click "Reset Password". You will receive additional instructions via email.

Forgot your username? If so please contact customer support at (510) 658-9252

Password Reset Confirmation

Password Reset Instructions have been sent to

Subscribe to The Weekender
Get the week's leading headlines delivered straight to your inbox.
Top headlines from around the real estate industry. Breaking news as it happens.
15 stories covering tech, special reports, video and opinion.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
It looks like you’re already a Select Member!
To subscribe to exclusive newsletters, visit your email preferences in the account settings.
Up-to-the-minute news and interviews in your inbox, ticket discounts for Inman events and more
1-Step CheckoutPay with a credit card
By continuing, you agree to Inman’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

You will be charged . Your subscription will automatically renew for on . For more details on our payment terms and how to cancel, click here.

Interested in a group subscription?
Finish setting up your subscription