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It is common for people to approach us regarding credit repair with accounts that are overdue, the whole reason a default is listed is due to an account being behind. What many people don’t realize is in many cases these debts can be significantly reduced given the credit provider is approached in the correct way.
It is widely accepted that the Australian credit reporting platform is far from perfect, in fact the CRAA (Credit Reference Association of Australia) has described credit reporting in Australia as the most restrictive in the western world. I for one would not argue with this view point.
Unfortunately like many industries credit repair has its fair share of questionable operators and as is often the way, the entire industry is often judged on the practices of a small group. The dishonest conduct exercised by some has caught the attention of the Australian Securities & Investment Commission ASIC and it would appear that regulation may not be far away.
Even though a negative credit listing should be removed from a credit report if it is found to be faulty or inaccurate regardless of whom the credit provider was the reality is the process of arranging the removal of a credit listing can be as much to do with who the credit provider is as facts surrounding how the listing was entered.
For a mortgage broker, there’s nothing more frustrating than spending time preparing and submitting an application, only for the lender to decline it due to a credit problem.
What can often add insult to injury is learning the problem in question is something quite small – such as a paid default to a phone carrier – that could have even taken place years before.
To a mortgage professional there’s nothing more frustrating than spending time preparing and submitting an application on behalf of a client, only to find it’s declined due to a credit problem.What can often add insult to injury is learning that the credit problem in question is something as small as a paid default to a phone carrier, often an event that took place years prior. This situation can be very difficult for a client to grasp; after all, such a listing may not at all represent their current financial position or ability to service a loan.
Credit card fraud in Australia is continuously proliferating. It has grown more rapidly in the last 10 years. According to the Australian Crime Commission (ACC), skimming or counterfeiting of credit cards by unscrupulous parties cost Australians over $45 million annually. Thus, credit card scam is one of the most pressing issues that heighten alert among authorities and that worry most consumers across the country.
One in every six Australians has been a victim or knows someone who has been a victim of identity theft. This is the findings of an online research released by Di Marzio Research in July 2011, which polled 1,200 respondents. The survey would be among the information that would be used for the development of a proposed National Identity Security Strategy.
The question “should I help my client restore their credit rating?” is a highly contested one. From a credit providers perspective these are understandable concerns as the removal of a negative credit listing could be viewed as an attempt to mask the applicant’s true financial position and not allow them to apply an appropriate risk rating.