Increased Costs for Mortgage Lenders: Credit Reports in 2024
New Pricing Structure by FICO Raises Concerns
In a significant development for the mortgage lending industry, the Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) has announced changes to its pricing structure for credit reports, set to take effect in 2024. This decision will have far-reaching implications for mortgage lenders, as FICO moves away from the tier-based pricing system introduced in 2023. The new pricing structure, which entails a single, higher price for all lenders, has raised concerns among industry players, particularly smaller lenders.
Credit reports play a vital role in the mortgage lending process, serving as a key tool for lenders to assess the creditworthiness of borrowers. With this shift in pricing, lenders will need to adapt their budgets and pricing strategies to accommodate the increased costs. The potential impact on borrowers remains uncertain, as lenders may pass on the higher expenses through increased fees or interest rates.