Equifax recently made another move to give its auto-finance company clients a more vivid picture of what their applicants’ credit background truly might be.
The Automotive Intelligence Council member announced new direct-to-consumer partnerships with Esusu, MoCaFi and Zingo that Equifax said will help develop a more complete picture of a consumer’s financial profile.
Equifax explained in a news release that it wants to offer real solutions that can meet people wherever they are on their personal finance journey. The rent-reporting platforms can enable consumers to opt-in to include rental payment data as part of their respective credit report to allow a more complete picture of financial history.
All three companies, as part of their credit education initiatives, will also present their users with a free weekly or monthly VantageScore credit score so they can track score changes over time.
Equifax acknowledged most renters’ on-time housing payments are not reflected on their credit reports — even though it is often one of the largest and recurring bills consumers pay. Having little to no credit can impact a consumer’s ability to qualify for a mortgage, finance a car or take out college loans.
These direct-to-consumer Equifax partnerships with Zingo, Esusu and MoCaFi continue to give the underserved population an opportunity to add additional payment depth to their credit histories.
Esusu can enable tenants to build and establish their credit scores while helping property owners reduce turnover and missed payments to increase their operating income.
“Esusu’s partnership with Equifax will help accelerate our growth,” said Abbey Wemimo and Samir Goel, co-chief executive officers of Esusu. “It will also help in creating more financial opportunities and access for millions of Americans.”
MoCaFi, short for Mobility Capital Finance, is a platform that seeks to provide banking services to the underbanked, while helping them build credit and improve their economic mobility.
“MoCaFi’s partnership with Equifax represents a new paradigm of what’s possible when two organizations come together to drive financial inclusion,” said Wole Caxum, founder and CEO of Mobility Capital Finance. “Our work is already allowing people, especially communities of color, to see the benefits of using rent reporting to impact their credit scores. These are exciting times for us as our work is just getting started.”
The Zingo platform collects, verifies and reports rental payments initiated by the consumer, thus enhancing their credit profile when consistent payment history is reported.
“The Zingo automated rent reporting platform puts the consumer in control,” Zingo CEO Maria Gallegos said. “Our mission to empower consumer-initiated rent-reporting to Equifax supports their goal to help consumers live their best financial lives.”
Tom Madison, senior vice president and general manager at Equifax Global Consumer Solutions, elaborated about what collaborating with Zingo, Esusu and MoCaFi means
“Our partnership with these market leading rent-reporting agencies reaffirms our commitment to become a more consumer friendly data and credit reporting agency,” Madison said. “This will help provide a more comprehensive view of consumers’ payment histories and help people in the pivotal moments in their financial lives, such as applying for their first mortgage or buying a car.
“Everyone, regardless of their income or living situation, deserves the chance to reach their financial goals. Through these partnerships and continued efforts, Equifax aims to help consumers live their financial best by understanding their credit throughout their lifetime,” Madison added.