5 bad credit home loan myths

Published on December 2nd, 2020
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Bill Tsouvalas
Bill Tsouvalas is the managing director and a key company spokesperson at Savvy. As a personal finance expert, he often shares his insights on a range of topics, being featured on leading news outlets including News Corp publications such as the Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun, Fairfax Media publications such as the Australian Financial Review, the Seven Network and more. Bill has over 15 years of experience working in the finance industry and founded Savvy in 2010 with a vision to provide affordable and accessible finance options to all Australians. He has built Savvy from a small asset finance brokerage into a financial comparison website which now attracts close to 2 million Aussies per year and was included in the BRW’s Fast 100 in 2015 as one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. He’s passionate about helping Australians make financially savvy decisions and reviews content across the brand to ensure its accuracy. You can follow Bill on LinkedIn.
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If you want to get a home loan, most probably you came across numerous myths regarding bad credit, as the Internet is loaded with all kinds of information on this topic. Here is a top of the most common 5 bad credit home loan myths:


You can’t get a home loan if you have a bad credit history

Many Aussies who have a bad credit history do not consider taking out a home loan, as they believe it is impossible for them to access it. Why would you waste your time with an option that does not even exist for you, right? The truth is that there are lenders who offer home loans specially created for those who have a bad credit history and for their needs. Do a quick research online and find a specialist broker that can assist with this type of funding.

Only people with defaults go with bad credit home loans

Even though this type of loan was designed especially for those who have defaults or a previous bankruptcy, you can use it in other cases, too. For example, there are many Aussie’s that cannot get approved with a main stream lenders for various reasons such as, not enough deposit, credit file activity, cannot provide up to date financial when self-employed, sub-prime lenders can help with this type of situation.

You won’t get rid of the higher rate loan earlier than 30 years

A bad credit home loan is rather a short term solution. In 6-12 months you can get rid of it. As soon as your defaults expire, or you show good repayment history, you generally can refinance into a standard loan.

Lenders consider all defaults the same

Many Aussies think that no matter how big or small a default is, this will mean the same for the lender. The truth is that no bank will consider that a default under $2,000 is equal with one over $20,000.

They will also make a difference between an old default and a very recent one. A default or even more which are newer will mean lower chances to get a loan because they speak up about your current financial instability.

Lenders also treat paid and unpaid defaults differently. An unpaid one is destroying your credit history because it gives the lender the impression that you have ignored your problems. A paid one makes you look more responsible, as you have assumed the problem and did your best to solve it.

No lender will ever be interested in my story

This is a common misconception, but the truth is that a creditor understands that an event which had a powerful effect on your life – such as having an expensive surgery, marriage breakdown, or losing your job – also affects your financial situation.

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