The Importance Of Looking After Your Bank Account

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One of our Tips For Getting A Yes To Pre-Approval is to show consistently good bank account conduct.  Keeping your bank account in good order is often not considered by first home buyers to be a requirement for getting a pre-approval.

First home buyers often wonder ‘Why does this matter to me?’ or ‘What does this mean when getting pre-approval?’  Well the answer is that Banks have an obligation to make sure you can afford the loan you are borrowing (under the Responsible Lending Code).  If your account shows you regularly overdraw your account this suggests to the bank that you are not living within your means or that you are not managing your finances well.  These signs impact on your chances of getting your Home Loan approved.

What To Watch Out For:

  • Your bank account slipping into overdraft.
  • Dishonoured automatic payments.

Understand The Difference Between an Arranged And Unarranged Overdraft

One key thing for first home buyers to understand when it comes to good bank conduct is the difference between an arranged overdraft and an unarranged overdraft.  If you think that your bank allows you to go over your limit and that it is totally fine you could be wrong.

Allowing your account to go overdrawn without having an arranged overdraft facility with your bank creates a black mark on your account record as well as incurring additional bank fees for doing so.

An arranged overdraft facility can avoid any hick-ups impacting on your ability to get pre-approved, providing you stay within the arranged limit.

How To Remedy A Bad Banking Track Record:

Luckily even if you do find your bank account conduct to be less than perfect there are ways to fix it.

  • Plan Your Automatic Payments – Lining up your automatic payments to go out as soon as possible after pay day will ensure your priority payments go out before any discretionary spending.
  • Maintain A Float – Try to make sure that you have a buffer amount in your account to ensure you do not go overdrawn at all.
  • Arrange A Small Overdraft – An arranged overdraft is going to help you avoid those situations where you find yourself a bit short.
  • Keep a Good Record – Ensuring good Bank conduct for a period of at least 3 months will provide evidence to a lender of your credibility and reliability.

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Dustin Lindale March 13, 2016 Blog, Tips for First Home Buyers