Which credit reporting agency is referred to most often by lending institutions and creditors?
There are a number of reporting agencies that lenders can use, and they all compile their data from the same places. We use a company called Birchwood, but the data they provide is the same as Credco, Kroll, Innovis etc.
If you're asking which bureau (Equifax, Transunion, Experian) lenders use, that's a different thing. In the mortgage world, we look at FICO scores from all 3 of those, and qualify based on the middle of the 3 scores. An auto loan company may only care about one of those. A credit card maybe a different mix. With multiple bureaus and 80 some different scoring models available, not every lender will use the same standards. | 09.23.15 @ 16:56