Category: Credit File & Report

How Does Comprehensive Credit Reporting Affect Me?
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How Does Comprehensive Credit Reporting Affect Me?

Historically, Australia has operated under a negative credit reporting system for the purpose of assessing financial and credit worthiness. This meant that an individual’s credit report only included information such as past credit enquiries, delinquencies and other major and minor financial infringements.

Regular Checks On Your Credit Report Can Help You Save Money
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Regularly Check Your Credit Report To Save Money

Despite how important an individual’s credit report may be, the majority of Australians have never checked their report. Not knowing what your credit report holds can lead to paying higher interest rates on credit cards and loan accounts, and can impede your chances of getting an affordable home loan.

Can I Still Fix My Credit File?
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Can I Still Fix My Credit File?

There have been a number of changes to credit reporting legislation recently.  Many of these changes are in my opinion positive and were well overdue.  For the most part they have been welcomed by credit providers and the general public but having said this, change is never easy and reform with credit reporting has generated its fair share of uncertainly and controversy.

Are The New Credit Reporting Laws Working?
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Are The Credit Reporting Laws Working?

It has now been a number of months since Veda Advantage implemented changes to credit reporting, the question is are these changes proving to be positive?

Credit Repair and Credit Reporting Agencies
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Credit Repair and Credit Reporting Agencies

Improving your credit score has tremendous implications for all areas of your life. A poor credit score can lower your chances of obtaining finance, but remember that this is not a dead end situation.

My Credit File: A Life-Long Investment
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My Credit File: A Life-Long Investment

Many people may wonder, “how important is my credit file?” Your credit file is among the first documents that most lender goes through before approving loans or credit. Your credit file will contain your credit score.

Will All Credit Providers Get Benefit From The New Credit Reporting Changes ?
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Will All Credit Providers Get Benefit From The New Credit Reporting Changes ?

There has been many changes to the credit reporting platform recently. One of a largest being the provision for a lot more information to be contained in a person’s credit file. Prior to these changes a credit file had little information for a credit provider to base a decision on if to approve or decline an application.

A Rethink On The Recording Of Late Payments.
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A Rethink On The Recording Of Late Payments.

I am happy to announce there has been a rethink on the recording of late payments on a credit file. As you may be aware, there has been significant changes to Australia’s credit reporting platform recently.

The Importance of Demand Notices.
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The Importance of Demand Notices.

One the most important documents when researching a default listing is the demand notice. A credit provider must provide a correctly structured demand notice to the borrower prior to listing a negative credit listing with a credit reporting agency.

Tips to avoid credit file issues in the future
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Tips to avoid credit file issues in the future

Always communicate with the credit provider. If you have fallen on hard times and are struggling to manage all your bills – call the credit provider and explain the situation.

Why Can Information Differ Between Credit Reporting Agencies
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Why Can Information Differ Between Credit Reporting Agencies

This is a question we are often asked. I can understand that from a consumer’s perspective it must seem confusing that information can differ between credit reporting agencies. After all, aren’t credit reporting agencies meant to only record accurate information?

What Is Credit Repair?
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What Is Credit Repair?

There are over 14 million credit files in Australia and these contain over 3 million negative listings (Veda Advantage 2008).

Debt Negotiation And Credit Repair.
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Debt Negotiation And Credit Repair.

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.

Statutes Of Limitations And Credit Repair
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Statutes Of Limitations And Credit Repair

While many people know that a payment default is listed in a credit report for a five year period, few know that a credit provider can record these events sometimes years after the account fell into arrears.

Credit Repair
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Credit Repair, Reform Is On The Way.

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.

What Types of Default Listings are There?
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What Types of Default Listings are There?

At Clean Credit we see two common types of default listings appearing on our clients’ credit files. These are a ‘payment default’ and a ‘clearout’ or ‘serious credit infringement’. Here is some valuable information about what these listings mean.

Does It Matter Who The Credit Was That Listed The Default ?
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Does It Matter Who The Credit Was That Listed The Default ?

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.

The Australian Credit Markets
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The Australian Credit Markets

The Australian credit market is among the most interesting in the world as it remains among the most robust and active. While credit markets elsewhere in the globe dips into troubled territories, credit market in here have remained robust.

No Defaults No Problems
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No Defaults No Problems, Think Again

We are regularly contacted by mortgage brokers and other industry professionals regarding their client’s credit files.  One thing we hear regularly is my client has no defaults or judgments but they have been refused finance, what’s going on?