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Joint Loan Application Tips

Aug 17, 2007
If you are living with a partner or family member and you need some money but don't have the means, then you should think about applying for a joint loan. Joint loans can help you and a partner or family member both get their hands on more money than you could individually, whilst sharing the burden of repayment. If you want to know more about joint loans and how to apply for them, then here is some useful information that might help.

Who can I get a joint loan with?

Joint loans are not available for all types of relationship, but are in fact limited to certain partnerships. Married couples are the most common joint loan applicants, although unmarried couples are not eligible. Some companies will allow applications during engagement, but the loan will not be given until after marriage. Also accepted are applications from a parent and child. Although some loan companies also consider two brothers, all other sibling and family relations are generally not accepted.

Getting more money

The main reason to jointly apply for a loan is to get a larger amount of cash than you might be able to if you were applying on your own. Married couples or parents and children can include both of their incomes to allow for a larger loan to be taken out. If you have a similar salary, then you can usually double the amount that you can borrow.

Unequal earnings

Applying for a joint loan doesn't mean you both have to have excellent salaries. Even if one of you doesn't have a salary, but money earnt from a part-time job or other work, this can help you both to get more money. As long as you are both earning and can make a contribution to the repayment it will be in your interests to apply jointly.

Both responsible

Although both of you will get benefits from the loan, it is important to remember that you are also both responsible for the repayment of the loan. Even if you are married and split up, the amount still owed on the loan will need to be paid back by both of you. Of course there is more risk of default than a normal loan, because should one of you stop payments then the other may not be able to keep up and so you will both end up in default. This means you risk having your credit history damaged even if you were not responsible for the debt problem. Make sure that you can definitely afford to pay the loan back, even if you are no longer living with the other applicant.

Who should get joint loans?

Although most married couples are eligible to apply for a joint loan, they are not right for everyone. If one of you has a poor credit history or earns significantly less than the other, a joint loan may not be the right choice for you. Also, try and make sure that any joint loan you take out will benefit both of you. Just because you can get more money does not mean that money will benefit you both. Always use joint loans to fund something that will help you both, so that you can get the most out of your loan.
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