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What to do with a good credit score

It's more than just a number: Find out how your good credit score can benefit you.

If you've checked your credit score and found it falls into one of the higher credit bands, it's important to understand how to use it to your advantage. This guide will take you through what a good credit score is, what you can do with your good credit score and how you can improve it.

What is a "good" credit score?

In Australia, you can check your credit score from credit scores with credit bureaus such as Experian or Equifax. Each bureau will use a different scoring system and so a "good" credit score will be different with each. Any Experian credit score over 625 is "good" and any Equifax credit score over 622 is "good".

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The following is a breakdown of credit scores from both providers:

Credit bandExperianEquifax
Excellent800-1000833-1200
Very good700-799726-832
Good625-699622-725
Fair / Average550-624510-621
Weak / Below average0-5490-509

I have a good credit score. What can I do with it?

A good credit score can lead to a range of benefits. Here are some options to consider:

  • Ask for a discount on your home loan. Your good credit score indicates a steady financial situation, so you may be able to negotiate a better rate with your home loan provider, or even get certain fees waived. Keep in mind this generally won't work for a credit card or personal loan.
  • Consider a peer-to-peer loan. This is a relatively new type of lending where your interest rate is based on your credit score. The better your credit score, the lower your rate, which can be as low as 4% p.a. for an unsecured personal loan.
  • Get rewarded. If you're in a stable financial situation and you're considering getting a credit card or upgrading your current one, why not consider one with rewards? If you repay your balance in full each statement period, you won't have to pay any interest.
  • Opt for a risk-based lender. Similar to P2P loans, some lenders will award different interest rates depending on your determined risk. The lower your risk, the better your rate will be.

I don't have a good credit score. How can I improve it?

  • Check your credit report for ways to improve. A low credit score indicates negative listings on your credit file. While you can't remove negative listings, you may be able to improve some of your other listings. For example, if you aren't using your full credit card limit, you might consider reducing it. This indicates responsible borrowing and may improve your credit score. Check your credit report for free with finder today so you can identify listings that can be improved.
  • Repay your bills on time. Ensure that you make all your repayments on time. Even if there are high-risk listings that you cannot improve, your positive behaviour going forward will be looked upon favourably.
  • Redirect mail when you move. If you move, make sure creditors have your current address. This will reduce the risk of defaults or missed payments due to your bills being sent to the wrong place.
  • Don't make multiple applications for credit. Every time you apply for credit, it gets listed on your credit file. Multiple applications in a short space of time can have a negative effect on your credit score. Try to space out your credit enquiries and if you already have multiple enquiries listed on your file, wait until they have expired before you apply again.
  • Monitor your credit. You should check your credit score regularly, which you can do for free with finder, and see if it changes. You should also keep an eye on your credit report to see new listings, repayments information or when listings are removed.

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    wallyNovember 29, 2018

    We signed a unconditional Contract of Sale to sell a parcel of land to a property developer in November 2017, with the sale to be settled in November 2018. The developer had problems obtaining funds to pay the deposit on the sale, but finally completed those payments 2 months after the scheduled date. They made two requests to extend settlement before the deposit was paid, and have made another two since. Three weeks after settlement was due, and after making 3 different offers of part payment (which they have been unable to fund) in exchange for an extended settlement, they have admitted that they cannot obtain finance to complete the contract. How can I as a private individual and owner of the property, have this developer reported to a credit agency for this default? What documentation do I need to supply, I have copies of contract and correspondence from purchaser and his lawyer re extended settlement. We are currently down in excess of $2M on this contract, and now have a shortfall of $400K for a new home that we are building. We did actually enquire before signing the building contract for new house whether the purchaser was in a position to settle on time and were assured that there was a minimum $1M cash available to us on the settlement date, but the ‘partner’ who was providing this has since ‘pulled out’ and the purchaser cannot even obtain finance to make a part payment to cover our shortfall.

    • finder Customer Care
      ValDecember 6, 2018Staff

      Hi Wally,

      Thank you for leaving a question. Please note that you have reached a financial comparison website.

      You may want to get in touch with Equifax to report the necessary and also to get the guidance you might need for the next steps regarding your concern

      Cheers!
      Val

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    TarynNovember 13, 2018

    Why is my score 816 which is excellent but what do I do to better this score?

    • finder Customer Care
      NikkiNovember 13, 2018Staff

      Hi Taryn,

      Thanks for reaching out and happy of your credit score! :)

      The information shows how you can increase your score if you’re aiming for 1000! You may also go to this page to see how a score increases or decreases. Hope it helps! Let us know if you have questions, we’re here!

      Best,
      Nikki

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    KevinNovember 7, 2018

    hi, i have a home loan with an interest rate of 4.71% i have checked my credit score and have an excellent rating. will that help me get a lower rate?

    thanks

    • finder Customer Care
      NikkiNovember 9, 2018Staff

      Hi Kevin,

      Thanks for getting in touch. It’s great to hear that you have an excellent credit score and this is highly needed when you apply for credit such as requesting for a lower interest rate. Just the same, every creditor’s process is unique from each other. It’s important to keep your eligibility in check before sending out an application. This way, you can increase your chances of getting approved.

      Hope this helps! Reach out when you need further assistance, we’re here!

      Best,
      Nikki

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    MiraOctober 16, 2018

    Hi,
    I have a personal loan and a chapter 9 debt agreement loan. My credit score shows that my rating is excellent. Can I get a loan that will combine both loans that would leave me with only one payment instead of two.

    • finder Customer Care
      JohnOctober 17, 2018Staff

      Hi Mira,

      Thank you for leaving a question.

      You may click on this link to see a panel of lenders who may assist you on debt consolidation. Kindly review and compare your options on the table displaying the available providers. Once you have chosen a particular provider, you may then click on the “Go to site” button and you will be redirected to the provider’s website where you can proceed with the application or get in touch with their representatives for further inquiries you may have.

      Before applying, please ensure that you meet all the eligibility criteria and read through the details of the needed requirements as well as the relevant Product Disclosure Statements/Terms and Conditions when comparing your options before making a decision on whether it is right for you. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    JohnSeptember 24, 2018

    I have a Rolling Line of Credit Account and a Home Loan account can I combine the two and apply for a single loan or should I keep them separate

    • finder Customer Care
      JoshuaSeptember 27, 2018Staff

      Hi John,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      Some institutions may allow you to combine your line of credit account and home loan account by refinancing them all at once. If this is something you want to explore, please go to this page. On that page, you should be able to find lenders who do loan refinancing. Compare your options and please review the criteria and details of the loan product. Click on the “Go to site” green button to get in touch with the lender directly to discuss your need. They should be able to give you further information on the best course of action that you should take.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    ShaniSeptember 7, 2018

    Can you pay off cash converters payday and personal loans with a credit card?

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      JoelSeptember 7, 2018

      Hi Shani,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      Most credit cards that offer low or 0% balance transfer rates only accept debts from Australian credit cards, store cards or charge cards. But there are also a limited number of credit card providers that allow you to balance transfer a personal loan debt, including Citi, Coles, Qantas Money and Virgin Money.

      Please use this guide to compare balance transfer credit cards that accept personal loan debt. You can also find out what steps you need to take to transfer your personal loan debt to a credit card and the key factors to consider so you can find the right card to pay off your debt.

      Cheers,
      Joel

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    StephenAugust 31, 2018

    I have a great score of 830. Is what on this file exactly what the bank would see if I apply for a refinance housing loan?

    • finder Customer Care
      JhezelynAugust 31, 2018Staff

      Hello Stephen,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Please note that when you apply for any loan, lenders may conduct a hard pull on your credit report. This is one of their ways to conduct a credit check to the applicant. So the details on your report are exactly what the lender sees.

      You may want to know more about hard pull and how this can impact your credit score. I hope this helps.

      Should you wish to have real-time answers to your questions, try our chat box on the lower right corner of our page.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    JessicaAugust 15, 2018

    I am surprised to find I have a good credit score, is experion accurate? Does your credit score get calculated every financial year?

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      JoelAugust 15, 2018

      Hi Jess,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      Congratulations for having a good credit score. Generally, lenders report both positive and negative information to the credit bureaus once per month. So your credit scores can change a bit each month, depending on the information that’s landing on your credit reports. Experian is one of the three major credit-reporting bureaus in the world and is considered to be accurate.

      Cheers,
      Joel

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      JessicaAugust 15, 2018

      Hi thankyou for the quick response, however looking at another website my credit score has more information available and is considerably lower, so now I’m not sure which is more accuarate or what companies may use. I have been declined recently for a loan for which I believe is a bad credit score.

    • finder Customer Care
      JhezelynAugust 25, 2018Staff

      Hi Jessica,

      Thank you for your comment.

      It’s worth noting that finder supplies the information directly sourced from Experian. You may want to access your credit report so that you’ll know if it’s the updated score.

      Should you wish to have real-time answers to your questions, try our chat box on the lower right corner of our page.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    BinduAugust 1, 2018

    My credit score is very good, how can I improve to get excellent

    • finder Customer Care
      NikkiAugust 1, 2018Staff

      Hi Bindu!

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Good job on earning a very good credit score! If you’re looking how to keep this status, you may read the part on this page that says ‘I have a good credit score. What can I do with it?”

      Best regards,

      Nikki

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    June 19, 2018

    How do I check a friends credit rating?

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      ArnoldJune 19, 2018

      Hi Rodney,

      Thanks for your inquiry

      Is this your first time requesting a free credit score? We have a guide that will help you through the process. Please click here for the full guide to getting your free credit score.

      Hope this information helps

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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