Who is PRBC?
PRBC was incorporated on March 12, 2002 under the name Pay Rent, Build Credit, Inc. The company name was later shortened to PRBC because all recurring bill and loan payments can be used to build credit, not just rent. PRBC received two initial funding grants from the Ford Foundation in support of the company’s mission to build a national data infrastructure that incorporated rental payments into credit reporting to benefit consumers. Initial data subscribers included Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and CitiMortgage.
In 2005 and 2006, the National Credit Reporting Association (NCRA) and the National Association of Mortgage Brokers (NAMB) announced separate agreements with PRBC to help educate consumers how to document their creditworthiness by building a credit history based on their non-debt recurring payments.
In November 2006, PRBC received a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the company’s technology and method for collecting data on commonly recurring bill payments made by individuals and small businesses, and incorporating them in a credit file, credit report, and credit score.
In December 2006, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac acknowledged that PRBC Reports comply with standards for establishing the credit reputations of borrowers for loans that can be sold to them.
In March 2007, mortgage insurer Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC) announced an agreement to use PRBC Reports with PRBC Bill Payment Score (BPS) to automate their approval decisions for consumers with “thin” or no traditional credit histories.
At the end of 2007, Fair Isaac and PRBC announced a partnership to deliver PRBC Credit Report with FICO Expansion Score, a comprehensive credit risk management tool that U.S. mortgage lenders can use when assessing the risk of applicants who have little or no traditional credit history.
PRBC differs from the other credit bureaus in a few distinct ways. Consumers are able to self-enroll and report their own non-debt payment history to PRBC. They can build a positive credit file based on alternative data, such as timely payments for bills such as rent, utilities, cable, telephone, and insurance that are not automatically reported to the other bureaus.
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