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Changing credit scoring system

In December, we reported on a move that will soon change credit scoring as we know it. With their partnership with FICO, CoreLogic will fill in the credit holes that traditional scores ignore. The supplemental score will highlight data like evictions, applications for payday loans, child support judgments, property tax liens, the status of homeowner’s association dues, whether or not you are underwater on your house or own other properties that credit agencies miss, and are debating whether or not to include utility bills or cellphone bill payment histories.

To dig deeper on the CoreScore, AGBeat asked CoreLogic four questions to expand on the topic, featured below.

What does the CoreScore include?

What data does CoreLogic have that is not currently part of the new credit scoring but could be in the future (ex: cell phone payment records)?

Currently, the CoreScore™ credit report does not include utilities payment transactions or cell phone payment records. Our focus in our next release is to use the information provided in the CoreScore credit report to calculate credit scores that reflect traditional bureau information as well as this newly available information. In the future, CoreLogic intends to remain focused on collecting credit information that is not readily available on traditional credit reports, to provide increased visibility of consumer credit behavior. We believe that this transparency will lead to reduced delinquency rates for lenders because lenders can make sounder lending decisions and that it will lead to expanded credit offerings for consumers due to greater comfort and lower loss rates of lenders.

Impact on borrowers

How will this positively and negatively impact borrowers?

Just like the factors considered for traditional credit reports and scores, CoreScore will reflect a particular individual’s credit capacity and payment behavior. The score itself will not be available until late March, so it is difficult for us to gauge exactly what kind of an impact it will have before we’ve seen it in the marketplace. However, we can say that for some borrowers it could have a very positive impact, for some it could make no difference in their current ability to qualify for a loan and for others, potentially lower their scores.

“The CoreScore credit report is a valuable tool for consumers and lenders alike,” said Tim Grace, senior vice president of CoreLogic. “By seeing the additional data lenders can now use to make credit decisions, consumers themselves can gain a more clear understanding of their own credit behavior and, as a result, this could help them identify steps they can take towards building a more positive credit profile.”

The CoreScore credit report can be particularly helpful to consumers that have minimal credit transactions on the traditional credit reports. For example, a borrower who has a loan in good standing with a company that doesn’t report to the national credit reporting agencies could be identified as a qualified applicant through the CoreScore credit report, revealing an otherwise unseen credit history.

Consumers will be able to see all of the information CoreLogic provides to lenders and have the right to dispute any data on their consumer file. CoreLogic Credco will facilitate the reinvestigation of each item and perform all Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) responsibilities in the resolution of disputes, correcting the data as needed. In addition, CoreLogic allows consumers to submit a statement of explanation regarding anything on their report, such as a legitimate issue with a landlord’s services.

CoreScore timing

How long has the new credit scoring been in process and what was the inspiration behind this product?

CoreScore has been in development since early 2011. The CoreScore credit report was made available November 30, 2011, while the score itself is in development with our partner, FICO®, and scheduled for release in late March.

Eighteen months ago, when CoreLogic was formed we told the market our new company would leverage our data assets and analytical capability to deliver new products to the market. The CoreScore solution is an example of the company’s vision.

Going mainstream?

What is CoreLogic’s anticipation of the new credit score going mainstream?

While we cannot predict whether CoreScore will become “mainstream,” we can say that this is only the beginning. Our current plan is for the CoreScore solution to supplement existing credit reports and scores. We want to ensure that we’re providing a product that can help consumers gain a better understanding of their finances and help lenders’ better assess an individuals’ credit worthiness. We believe that if lenders are able to make safer lending decisions, it will help unlock additional credit opportunities for consumers.”

Tara Steele is the News Director at The American Genius, covering entrepreneur, real estate, technology news and everything in between. If you'd like to reach Tara with a question, comment, press release or hot news tip, simply click the link below.

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Why a well-crafted rejection email can save your brand, and your time

(BUSINESS NEWS) Job hunting is exhausting on both sides, and rejection sucks, but crafting a genuine, helpful rejection email can help ease the process for everyone.

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Nobody likes to hear “no” for an answer when applying for jobs. But even fewer people like to be left in the dark, wondering what happened.

On the employer side, taking on a new hire is a time-consuming process. And like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get when you put out ads for a position. So once you find the right person for the role, it’s tempting to move along without further ado.

Benn Rosales, the CEO and co-founder of American Genius, offers an example of why that is a very bad call.

Imagine a hypothetical candidate for a job opening at Coca Cola – someone who’s particularly interested in the job, because they grew up as a big Coke fan. If they get no response to their application at all, despite being qualified and sending follow-up emails, their personal opinion of the brand is sure to sour.

“Do you know how much effort and dollars advertising and marketing spent to make [them] a fan over all of those years, and this is how it ends?” Rosales explains. This person has come away from their experience thinking “Bleep you, I’ll have tea.”

To avoid this issue, crafting a warm and helpful rejection email is the perfect place to start. If you need inspiration, the hiring consultants at Dover recently compiled a list of 36 top-quality rejection emails, taken from companies that know how to say “no” gracefully: Apple, Facebook, Google, NPR, and more.

Here’s a few takeaways from that list to keep in mind when constructing a rejection email of your own…

Include details about their resume to show they were duly considered. This shows candidates that their time, interests, and experience are all valued, particularly with candidates who came close to making the cut or have a lot of future promise.

Keep their information on file, and let them know this rejection only means “not right now.” That way, next time you need to make a hire, you will have a handy list of people to call who you know have an interest in working for you and relevant skills.

Provide some feedback, such as common reasons why applicants may not succeed in your particular application process.

And be nice! A lack of courtesy can ruin a person’s impression of your brand, whether they are a customer or not. Keep in mind, that impression can be blasted on social media as well. If your rejections are alienating, you’re sabotaging your business.

Any good business owner knows how much the details matter.

Incorporating an empathetic rejection process is an often-overlooked opportunity to humanize your business and build a positive relationship with your community, particularly when impersonal online applications have become the norm.

And if nothing else, this simple courtesy will prevent your inbox from filling up with circle-backs and follow-up emails once you’ve made your decision.

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Are Gen Z more fickle in their shopping, or do brands just need to keep up?

(BUSINESS NEWS) As the world keep changing, brands and businesses have to change along with it. Some say Gen Z is fickle, but others say it is the nature of change.

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We all know that if you stop adapting to the world around you, you’re going to be left behind. A recently published article decided to point out that the “fickle” Gen Z generation are liable to leave a poor digitally run site and never return. Now of course we’ve got some statistics here… They did do some kind of due diligence.

This generation, whose life has been online from almost day one, puts high stakes on their experiences online. It is how they interact with the world. It’s keyed into their self-worth and their livelihoods, for some. You want to sell online, get your shit together.

They have little to no tolerance for anything untoward. 80% of Gen Zers reported that they are willing to try new brands since the pandemic. Brand loyalty, based on in-person interaction, is almost a thing of the past. When brands are moved from around the world at the touch of your fingertips there’s nothing to stop you. If a company screws up an order, or doesn’t get back to you? Why should you stick with them? When it comes to these issues, 38% of Gen Zers say they only give a brand 1 second chance to fix things. Three-quarters of the surveyed responded saying that they’ll gladly find another retailer if the store is just out of stock.

This study goes even further though and discusses not just those interactions but also the platforms themselves. If a website isn’t easy to navigate, why should I use it? Why should I spend my time when I can flit to another and get exactly what I need instead of getting frustrated? There isn’t a single company in the world that shouldn’t take their webpage development seriously. It’s the new face of their company and brand. How they show that face is what will determine if they are a Rembrandt or a toddlers noodle art.

The new age of online shopping has been blasted into the atmosphere by the pandemic. Online shopping has boosted far and above expected numbers for obvious reasons. When the majority of your populace is told to stay home. What else are they going to do? Brands that have been around for decades have gone out of business because they didn’t change to an online format either. Keep moving forward.

Now as a side note here, as someone who falls only just outside the Gen Z zone the articles description of fickle is pompous. The stories I’ve heard of baby boomers getting waiters fired, or boycotting stores because of a certain shopkeeper are just as fickle and pointed. Nothing has changed in the people, just how they interact with the world. Trying to single out a single generation based on how the world has changed is a shallow view of the world.

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Chasing Clubhouse success? How the audio chat room trend affects products

(BUSINESS NEWS) It is inevitable that when a new successful trend comes along, other companies will try to make lightning strike twice. Will the audio chat room catch on?

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Smiling woman seated in dark room illuminated by lamp and phone light, participating in audio chat room.

Businesses are always about the hot new thing. People are the always looking for the easiest dollar with the least amount of effort these days. It tends to lead to products that are shoddy and horribly maintained with the least amount of flexibility in pleasing their customers. However, you also have to look at the customer base for this as well. You follow where the money is because that’s where its being spent. It’s like a merry-go-round, constantly chasing the next thing. And the latest of these is the audio chat room.

During the pandemic the entire world saw an eruption of social audio investments. Silicon Valley has gone crazy with this new endeavor. On the 18th of April this year, Clubhouse said it closed on some new funding, which was valued at $4 billion for a live audio app. This thing is still in beta without a single penny of revenue!

The list of other companies who have pursued new audio suites (either through purchase or creation) include:

  • Facebook
  • Spotify
  • Twitter
  • Discord
  • Apple

This whole new audio fad is still in its infancy. These social media and tech giants are all jumping headlong into it with who knows how much forethought. A number of them have their own issues to deal with, but they’ve put things aside to try and grab these audio chat room coattails that are running by. It’s a mix of feelings about the situation honestly. They are trying to survive and keep their customers.

If a competitor creates this new capability and they stay stagnant then they lose customers. If they do this however without dealing with their current issues then they could also lose people. It’s an interesting catch 22 for people out there. Which group do you fall in? Are you antsy for a new toy or are you waiting for one of these lovely sites to fix a problem? It’s another day in capitalism.

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