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Discussion in 'Property Finance' started by Art Vandelay, 14th Jul, 2015.

  1. Art Vandelay

    Art Vandelay Well-Known Member

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    Since reading this Somersoft thread (http://somersoft.com/forums/showthread.php?t=108686&highlight=credit) I've been receiving Credit Savvy credit score updates monthly.

    My previous score had been 785 - or 15 points under 'Excellent'. This month I have dropped 302 points to 483 and 'Below Average'.

    In the past month I have settled on my first property with my partner (PPOR) for which we have a ~320k mortgage with CBA. We had a second application in with ING but did not proceed with it past the valuation.

    I have also applied and been accepted for a $10k Virgin Money credit card to use for monthly expenses, which will be paid for out of our offset account.

    I could understand a bit of a drop in my credit score, but to now be 'Below Average' is quite concerning. We will be looking to buy a second property (IP) within the next 6-12 months so want to better understand my reduced credit score.
     
  2. Jamie Moore

    Jamie Moore MORTGAGE BROKER - AUSTRALIA WIDE Business Member

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    The whole new credit reporting system is still quite confusing. Best bet is to avoid unnecessary credit hits where possible.

    Try and keep your file nice and clean - don't shop around for home loans, credit cards, etc. When you apply for a new IP loan - apply once.

    Cheers

    Jamie
     
  3. TheSackedWiggle

    TheSackedWiggle Well-Known Member

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    Not sure if Creditsavvy reflect correct scores.

    I tried it over the weekend and got 615 cs which is an 'ok' , I was surprised to get an 'ok' CS with just 3 credit inquiries over last five years and no late/defaults/bancrupty/court cases ever.

    I went over to veda and subscribed to one of their services and it came with 790 CS.

    Just curious, Any one else experienced anomalies between CS providers?
     
  4. Peter_Tersteeg

    Peter_Tersteeg Finance broker and strategist Business Member

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    Your credit score is a nice indicator, but frankly the banks make up their own minds. We've recently seen a person with an 'excellent' rating had a loan refused by a bank because of a 'high risk' assessment. A different lender recently approved the application.
     
  5. Art Vandelay

    Art Vandelay Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all the replies.
    Thought I would update this thread as my credit score for this month has come back higher than before - from 483 to 791. Both my new cc and mortgage are showing as new enquiries.