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7 Sneaky Tips To Increase Your Credit Score

Published by Otto Dargan on May 22, 2014

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Why is your credit score so important?

A good credit score is essential to getting your home loan approved but how do you increase your score?

Look at your credit file

First of all, have you even seen your credit file? Call your credit reporting agency and ask them to get a copy of your credit file before you do any fixing!

Look at your credit file carefully because there may be errors on it! Details such as a court writ, judgment or a default may have been listed on it by mistake. In fact, a 2013 report by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) revealed that 30% of Australians had an error on their credit file. What’s even more surprising is that only 60% of these people got this cleared up!

Avoid black marks

Aside from defaults, judgments, part IX, bankruptcy and other types of black marks, you can often get a low credit score if you’ve made multiple applications for credit in a short period of time. These applications are recorded as credit enquiries, and having just two in the last six months could get you declined.

No need to cancel all credit cards

Now you may be thinking that you should probably cancel all of your credit cards lest they hurt your score. Whoa, hold on there! You may actually be better off signing up for a card, albeit one with a small limit and one that you pay on time. This can improve your score in six months to a year. To ensure you’re making your payments on time, make a note on your calendar or download an app for your fancy smartphone!

Get the experts on your side

Using these tips can help you avoid getting declined for a home loan because of a low credit score! If you’re worried about your situation call us today on 1300 889 743 or enquire online so one of our brokers can assess your situation and guide you towards the best solution.