Which Credit Report is More Important: Equifax, Experian or TransUnion

by Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach on January 28, 2010

in Credit Scores, Loans


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As a general matter, no one credit bureau report is “more important” than the others.

In today’s economic environment, they are all vitally critical to your personal finances. However, whenever you are seeking credit – perhaps a mortgage, car loan or student loan – then the most “important” credit report or credit score is the one that a lender pulls to determine whether or not to approve your loan.


Some lenders only pull one credit report. So let’s say you want to purchase a car and you require financing. If the lender considering your car loan only pulls an Experian credit report, then that’s the most critical report. The challenge, of course, for consumers is that you never really know which bureau report a lender will pull. It could be Equifax, Experian or TransUnion – or perhaps all three.

Tri-Merged Credit Reports

For most mortgages, lenders pull something known as a “tri-merged” credit report, which gives them information from all three of the major credit bureaus. Additionally, mortgage lenders typically use the “middle” score of your three credit scores to determine the rate and terms for a home loan. For these reasons, you should always ensure that all information on all three credit reports is accurate and up-to-date, and that all your credit scores are as high as possible.


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ANTONETTE

HELLO
I received an ALERT from Trans-Union stating a New Account has appeared on my Equifax credit report.
A New Account I have NO knowledge of.Never applied for or opened. It shows I opened in 2000 and reported 5/2010. When I log in to my 3 bureau Credit files. I do not see any New Acct. opened. related to Equifax I did open a New Acct. in 5/2010 to establish my own credit. (Divorce) but it is not the creditor shown on this Alert
Thank You

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