A new Legislation would open a bigger credit box for millions of homebuyers. The ranking democrat on the House Financial Services Committee wants to fundamentally change the rules on how lenders report consumer payments and debts to the credit bureaus, which could create a new path to homeownership for millions of Americans currently, shut out by mortgage lending restrictions.
These changes are part of a large shift in mortgage finance reform to open the credit box wider for potential homeowners. Some of the changes in this legislation would remove settled debts, remove negative reports after four years instead of seven, and would extend the removal of student debt defaults in private debts after a consumer makes nine consecutive, on-time payments.
Credit reports will no longer be used exclusively by lenders in making a credit decision. According to the Federal Trade Commission, one in five, or roughly 40 million consumers, have had an error on one of their credit reports, and about 10 million consumers have errors that could increase the cost of credit available to them.
The House Financial Services Committee will discuss U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters’ bill, the Fair Credit Reporting Improvement Act of 2014, on Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET.