We've talked about what credit is... now we've gotta know why is a good credit score important in Australia?
We’ve talked about credit, and how it can help you achieve your goals. Think mortgages, HECS debts or car loans.
But in order to access these forms of debt, banks or lenders want to be sure that you can actually pay them back. In other words, they want to make sure your ‘pinky promise’ to repay is actually reliable.
In order to know that you’re a responsible borrower, banks will look at a few different pieces of information, including your credit score.
Your credit score will help the bank or lender determine the risk of lending you cash.
Think of your credit score a little bit like a ‘review’ on your credit sitch. Just like you can rate your Uber driver, your Airbnb stay or your favourite restaurant - banks and lenders will ‘rate’ you.
The bank will rate you based on:
And this helps other banks and lenders determine how risky you are as a borrower for the future. AKA, whether you’ll pay them back or not.
In Australia, your credit score is calculated by credit reporting agencies, like Equifax or Experian. Different agencies will score your credit in different ways, but it’s usually a number between 0 and 1200.
And the general rule is: the higher the credit score, the better you look to a bank, and the more likely the bank is to loan you money. The lower the credit score, the tougher it is to access credit.
Your credit score comes from your credit report, which holds information like:
This is like your financial report card.
Banks will also look at your score when determining how much money they’ll lend you - and at what interest rate. The better your score, the more likely a lender will cut you a better deal.
This is particularly important when it comes to getting a home loan. A good credit score is one of the important criteria to help you access the money you need, at a competitive interest rate, so you can achieve the Aussie dream of home ownership!
If you haven’t checked your credit score, it’s super easy to check. Just download the Flux app and you can sign up in under 30 seconds.
We’ll also tell you what factors are impacting your credit score - good and bad - and give you some helpful tips to make sure your finances are lookin’ good.
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