A credit score is a number used to describe how well a person handles debt. The number is calculated by various credit bureaus in South Africa (including: Experian, TransUnion, and XDS). The higher this number is, the better. It usually ranges between 300 – 850 depending on which rating system the bureau uses. 

Credit Score & Home Loans

Having a good credit score is essential for taking out a home loan. It will not only affect your approval, but it may also open up the possibility of negotiating better interest rates. To get approved for a home loan in South Africa you will need a credit score of 600 or more to be considered by any of the major banks.

Improving your credit score is an important step towards homeownership.
Improving your credit score is an important step towards homeownership.

Can Credit Score Be Improved?

It’s not only possible to improve your credit score but it’s simple too. However, that doesn’t mean it can happen overnight, or even in the span of 30 days. It can take up to seven years to repair a bad credit score. So, if you have a bad credit score (lower than 579), you should start working on it immediately.

Opening up an account at a clothing retailer is an easy way to improve your credit rating.
Opening up an account at a clothing retailer is an easy way to improve your credit rating.

5 Tips to Improve Your Credit Score:

Follow these simple steps to improve your credit score and qualify a home loan: 

  1. Pay any outstanding debts: it’s super important to keep the amount you owe each month lower than a third of your gross income. 
  2. Open new accounts at retailers: opening accounts at clothing retailers is usually an easy way to start signalling to the rating agencies that you can handle repayment plans.
  3. Always pay on time: paying the full amount by the due date will signal to the credit rating agencies that you’re a responsible borrower.
  4. Try to pay more than you need to: paying off more than is required is one of the best ways to improve credit score. 
  5. Take out a credit card: applying for a credit card from your chosen bank, and setting a low monthly limit, is an easily manageable way to build up a track record of debt repayment.

Find Your Dream Home

After you improve your credit score and qualify for a home loan using our easy tips, find your dream home! Our experienced agents are ready to help guide you through all of the steps to follow after you achieve healthy credit. Browse our available properties from some of Cape Town’s most sought after suburbs.