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FICO® Scores and inquiries—the facts

There always seems to be a lot of interest in how the FICO® Score is impacted when a consumer applies for credit.  In truth, these credit inquiries account for a relatively small percent of the score (less than 10%, in fact). Because of ongoing interest, let’s walk through some interesting facts about inquiries:

  • 49% of consumers have no inquiries, 24% have 1 inquiry, and 27% have 2 or more inquiries.
  • 57% of consumers score the maximum number of points for inquiries; that is, inquiries are not a factor for at least 57% of consumers.
  • If an inquiry does impact a score, it’s typically by a small amount—less than five points, on average.
  • 89% of the time, inquiries are not even one of the top four greatest factors impacting the score. 
  • Only 0.4% of the time, inquiries are the score factor with the greatest impact.
  • Only 14% of consumers lose more than 10 points because of inquiries.  Only 4% of consumers lose more than 20 points because of inquiries.

So yes, inquiries can impact a FICO® Score, but not by all that much, in the grand scheme of things.

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