Fannie Mae Wants You to Know Your Options

by on ‎08-16-2010 05:24 PM

If you’re looking for help on your current mortgage, you probably wouldn’t think of turning to Fannie Mae. Although it’s a giant in the real estate industry, Fannie Mae has always focused more on lenders and securities, and less on individual homeowners.  So I was thrilled to learn that Fannie Mae just launched a new website for people struggling to pay their mortgage. The site helps visitors clearly understand their options so they know what to do to stay in their homes. I highly recommend it.

In their website’s resources , Fannie Mae emphasizes the importance that FICO credit scores have in loan decisions. They address the impact that foreclosure and related actions can have to a person’s FICO score. And they link visitors back here to myFICO if they want a better understanding of credit scores.


Another great resource for struggling homeowners is Mortgage Relief Online. We launched that free website last year with the non-profit Homeownership Preservation Foundation and credit counseling giant MMI. It helps you determine if you might be eligible for mortgage relief under the federal government’s Making Home Affordable program.


If you’re stressed out by your mortgage, it’s important to get honest, accurate information about your options. Kudos to Fannie Mae for giving all of us a new and authoritative resource.



Author: Shon Dellinger, Vice President of Client Services for FICO, directs FICO's consumer division and leads the myFICO team.

by cyndyed on ‎08-31-2010 01:34 PM

Really??  FICO SCORES  REALLY??  After contacting a lender for refinancing on my mortgage,, the scores given to me here ARE NOT THE SCORES THE LENDERS SEE..  DONT PAY THE MONEY.  I have excellent credit anyway but there is a GREAT DISCREPANCY between the LENDERS scores and THE 'REAL FICO SCORES."  I think its just another way to bilk the american public out of money.  QUIT LYING,, THESE ARE NOT THE REAL LENDERS SCORES.

by ‎09-01-2010 11:24 AM - edited ‎09-01-2010 11:30 AM

There have always been different - newer/older - versions of FICO scores used by lenders. While some lenders may pull versions that are different from the Equifax and TransUnion FICO scores offered on myFICO, I can assure you that the scores provided by myFICO are the "real" FICO scores used by lenders.  In addition to the possibility that different versions of the scoring formula may be a reason for the discrepancies in scores you're seeing, changes in the information on the reports may also be causing these differences.

by forteener on ‎05-02-2012 07:01 AM

Well, you're both right, partially.


There are various algorithmic models unique to each bureau and subscribers can, and do, request certain ones for their own analysis.


In broad terms, a tri-merged report for the purpose of mortgage credit is going to use different models than one for financing a new car for example.


Typically, however, the score seen here on myfico is Not the same algorithm used for a mortgage so is different.


All that being said, at least you get an up to date version here of generally what is going on with your score.  The more knowledge about what makes scores move, the better!

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