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Improving Your Circumstances To Get A Loan

Aug 17, 2007
For some people getting a loan can seem impossible, due to poor credit or other circumstances out of their control. If you are one of those people, then you need not worry because there are ways to improve your circumstances so that you can get the loan that you want. If you follow these simple steps, then you can improve your financial status and get the best loan deal for your individual requirements.

Why can't I get a loan?

There are many reasons why people cannot get the loan they want. The most common reason is that your credit rating is poor, either due to a mistake or the fact that you have had problems with debt in the past. You may also be refused a loan because you have never borrowed before and so are an unknown risk to the lender. If you find yourself unable to get the loan you want, then you should try and improve your circumstances to remedy the situation.

Stop applying

If one or two companies have turned you down, then you shouldn't keep applying in the hope that you will get the loan you want. Every time you apply for a loan and you are refused, it can hurt your credit rating. The more you apply and have your credit rating checked, the more lenders are going to think you are a risk and so refuse you. Before you seriously harm your credit rating you should stop applying for loans and try to take stock of your situation.

Get your finances in order

The next step to improving your circumstances is to get your finances in order. Take a look at your earnings and expenditure, as well as any debts you have. Also, get a copy of your credit report to check that there are no mistakes and to see if there are any reasons why you are being refused. Once you have your finances in order you will be in a better position to understand your loan needs and to budget to afford a loan.

Use your current credit

If your credit history is non-existent or you have had problems in the past, before you get a loan you will need to improve this situation. To do this you should use any current credit you have to show you can borrow responsibly. Use store or credit cards wisely and pay off the balance on time each month. This will show lenders that you know how to handle debt and so they will be more likely to give you a loan.

Be patient

Although you might want the loan now, this is not always possible. Be patient and improve your finances, and the right loan will be made available to you soon enough. Don't take the first loan that comes along, as this might not be the best deal. Wait until you can get a good APR and favourable terms for committing. Although this might mean waiting a little longer, it will save you money in the long-term. As long as you borrow wisely and know the reasons why you are currently being refused, you will be able to improve your circumstances and get the loan that you require at a good rate.
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Peter Kenny is a writer for The Thrifty Scot, please visit us at Loans and Secured Loans
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