Mortgage Approval – Can My Cell Phone Affect My Credit?

Yes it can. Equifax and TransUnion are the two main credit reporting agencies in Canada. They collect all the data on your loans, lines of credit and credit cards to create your credit report and calculate your credit score. This information is then used by lenders—including mortgage lenders—to determine whether you’re a good credit risk.

Recently, both credit reporting agencies started including cell phone accounts in their credit reports. This means if you make a cell phone payment after the due date, it appears on your credit report and reflects negatively on your borrowing profile. Even worse, if you allow your cell phone account to go delinquent and it’s sent to a collection agency, not only does this appear on your report, it can also reduce your credit score. Mortgage lenders use this information to make underwriting decisions. Therefore, having a negative record with your cell phone provider can actually impact your likelihood of being approved for a loan and increase the interest rate you’ll pay.

If you’ve recently walked away from a cell phone contract, it’s a good idea to get the company to put in writing that the contract has been fulfilled and is now closed. This can help prevent any damage to your credit rating.

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