How to Protect Yourself from the Equifax Data Breach

On September 7th Equifax had a major security breach that potentially compromised 143 million consumer’s personal information. The information accessed includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers, were accessed.

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Myths and Facts about Credit Reports

Aside from a few tips on how to boost your credit score, not a lot of people know what’s true and false about credit reports. To be fair, even when you deal with credit every day, it can be difficult to keep the facts straight. Up your credit knowledge with our myth-busting guide, and see if you know the truth about these credit report myths.

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Your Credit Reports have Changed as of July 1, 2017

The National Consumer Assistance Plan (NCAP) is now in effect! As of July 1, 2017, all new and existing public record data used by Experian®, Equifax®, and TransUnion® will be held to the new NCAP standards. While the implementation of these standards will occur over a three year period (with full implementation expected by March 2018), the three major credit bureaus have begun to take steps to improve data accuracy and quality.

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Understanding Credit Reports 101

In celebration of “National Housing Month” and amidst the hustle and bustle of the National Apartment Association (NAA) Education Conference and Expo last week, the National Consumer Reporting Association (NCRA) has released their “Man on the Street” video series! Designed to provide the average person with a basic understanding of what is and isn’t included on a credit report and to emphasize the importance of positive and accurate information, the series is an educational resource for everyone.

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FICO™ and VantageScore® 3.0: Your Credit Score Cheat Sheet

As a property manager, you depend on credit scores to help you make the best rental decision, but how much do you know about credit scoring models? With this guide, you’ll not only learn some of the differences between  FICO™ and VantageScore® 3.0, but how to use credit scores to uphold your rental standards and protect your community.

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Be Wary, Residents can Forge their own Credit Report

In this day and age, most Americans have become extremely critical about the type of information they receive. Whether they’re analyzing the true sugar amount of their favorite Summer-time drinks or the overwhelming number of articles coining the phrase ‘fake news’, unfortunately you can’t stop there. With a simple internet connection, your rental applicants can now forge their own credit reports.

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Credit Bureaus’ New Standards might Improve Renters’ Credit Score

With the credit bureaus’ new National Consumer Assistance Plan (NCAP) hot on our heels, it’s starting to look like these future changes could actually improve millions of U.S. credit scores. While a score boost definitely rears in the rental applicants’ favor, these new standards might be a little disconcerting for property managers and property owners where tax liens and civil judgments play an important role in the rental decision.

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