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Positive Credit Reporting – What it means for you

Positive Credit Reporting also known as Comprehensive Credit Reporting (CCR) is a reporting system whereby lenders share more of your data with credit bureaus such as Equifax and Experian. This in turn will be listed on your credit report.

In the past, the only information that was mandatory to share was Negative Credit Reporting. It wasn’t until 1st July 2018 when it was made compulsory for the big banks to share at least 50% of your positive credit data with credit bureaus. By 1st July 2019 this amount will be increased to 100%.

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First Home Buyers Guide

Looking for your first home is a very exciting time, but it can also be a little daunting as you start to think about everything that is involved. That’s why we’re here, to do the hard work for you & save you time & stress. Here is a list of things that you need to consider when looking to get your foot on the property ladder:

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Credit Card Debt & Balance Transfers

Australia’s national credit card debt is $32 billion and rising (Reserve Bank of Australia, May 2018).

It’s understandable that people find themselves struggling to pay off their credit card balance when there are so many enticing offers out there encouraging people to have just one more card.

Many people take advantage of credit cards that offer reward points or frequent flyer miles. These types of cards can be considered a useful resource, however it’s important to realise that interest rates could be as high as 17.99% & if you don’t pay off your bill in full each month your interest charges could become expensive.

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Having trouble saving for a deposit?

Without a doubt, one of the biggest challenges people face is building a deposit for a home or investment property.

Even 4 years ago, this wasn’t necessarily the case. An example of how things have changed was that 4 years ago there were 252 suburbs across Australia that had a median house value of $1 million. As at June 2016, there are 570 suburbs which have a median house value of $1 million, according to RP Data/CoreLogic figures.

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