Its the new year and as always some resolutions involve buying property.
So when when applying for a home loan, it isn’t just the buyer’s ability to afford the property he or she wants to purchase, it is their credit profile as a whole that will be checked, i.e. their spending and past payment behavioural patterns.
It is said that only one in four bond applicants are successful in their applications, and potential property buyers do need to have at least 10 per cent to 20 per cent of the purchase price as a deposit as banks do not often grant 100 per cent bonds anymore.
This is done via a credit report score that shows how the buyer compares with other consumers. The credit score is a point system that uses factors such as how well the applicant pays their bills each month, whether they pay in full and on time, how much debt they have and how many times they have applied for some form of credit. This will ascertain whether the buyer is a suitable candidate for a long-term loan, or not.
The higher the score, the better, and consumers are usually given feedback as being fair, good or very good, up to excellent.
Many potential property buyers will possibly be asked if they have pre-qualified for a home loan.
If the applicant has no credit record, where the potential buyer has thought to keep his or her record clean and pay for all they have in cash, they will have to build a credit profile before the banks will consider the application.
When an application is to be submitted to the banks, they will also need three months’ proof of income, proof of current address, and identity documents. If self-employed they will need six months’ worth of bank statements or financial records to assess what the applicant’s income and expense patterns are.
Banks tend to go as far as two years back into the applicant’s credit rating, and any unpaid items will necessitate a six-month period to “rehabilitate” the rating. Each time an account is paid late or not in full, this affects the credit score negatively and a record is kept of this, which shows how important it is to pay all bills in full and on time.
Property24.com says, this sounds like it’s contradictory to good financial planning, but it only takes one or two small retail or credit card accounts to be opened, paid on time and in full each month for six months to show that the applicant is consistent with the upkeep of his or her financial commitments.
“It is better to check your own credit rating (and have that 100% in order), and have a pre-qualification certificate before looking to buy, as this clears the way to an easier application and approval process,” advises property24.com.
If your home loan is not successful because of a lower credit score or the lack of a 10 per cent or 20 per cent deposit, all is not lost.