Which credit score matters more: TransUnion® or Equifax®?

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    Both TransUnion® and Equifax®are major credit bureaus that play a crucial role in compiling consumer credit reports. While they serve the same purpose, there are differences in how they calculate credit scores. TransUnion uses the VantageScore® model, which ranges from 300 to 850. Equifax, on the other hand, employs its own scoring system, which ranges from 280 to 850. Generally, a good credit score falls between 670 and 739 on these scales.

    It’s important to note that neither score is more accurate or important than the other. The variations in scores between the two bureaus stem from their unique scoring models and the information they collect. For instance, Equifax may report longer credit histories, while TransUnion might include employment history in its reports.

    The importance of each credit bureau may depend on the specific lender you’re dealing with. Most lenders prioritize FICO® scores when making loan approval decisions. In such cases, Equifax scores may align more closely with the FICO scoring model, potentially aiding in securing the loan. However, other lenders may consider scores from all three bureaus and take the median score as a reference.

    Ultimately, you have limited control over the sources of information or the scoring models used by credit bureaus. The most effective approach is to maintain good credit behavior and regularly monitor your credit reports for any errors.

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